5 Weather-Proof Outdoor Space Ideas for your Custom Home

sec2-featimg_05Are you in the planning phase of building a custom home? If so, have you given much thought to outdoor spaces? Don’t just tack a deck onto the back of your home as an afterthought. Plan your custom home so that the indoors flow right into the outdoors in a virtually seamless transition. The outdoor spaces should be a part of your home design from the beginning. 

R + K Custom homes are local Greensboro builders that can design custom homes with weather-proof outdoor spaces you can enjoy with family and friends. Here are 5 ideas. 

Covered patio/porch

Ideally, a back patio or porch should be an extension of the house with the roof continuing out overtop for weather protection. For those times when you do want some sun, have the patio continue out from under the roof with room for additional seating. If you plan to include a pool or hot tub, the patio could extend to the edge of the water for easy access. 

Screened-in porch

If you wish to enjoy time outdoors without pests, a screened-in porch provides a bug-free zone for eating and socializing. Throw out old notions of what a screened-in porch looks like – the old fashioned type that consists of no more than wooden beams wrapped with wire screens. Screens can be incorporated in a less noticeable way for a stylish, understated outdoor space. 

Outdoor kitchen

Go beyond your basic backyard grill and incorporate an outdoor kitchen into your home design. Outdoor kitchens typically include built-in features such as a grill, sink, refrigerator, smoker, storage space, and more. An outdoor bar can be fun for entertaining and additional seating space. The best part is that you can avoid making trips in and out of the house while cooking out. You have everything you need already outside. 

Freestanding fireplace/Firepit

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits create an ambiance that brings people together. Something about a fire taps into our primal senses and draws us in. Consider incorporating a tall outdoor fireplace complete with a chimney or a low fire pit that allows for seating on all sides. Built-in seating of stone or wood can be both attractive and functional, eliminating the need for folding chairs. 

Sunroom/screen room

An indoor/outdoor room is a highly functional space that can be used year-round. With rows of windows that can be opened to screens when the weather allows and closed when needed, a sunroom/screened-in porch can be enjoyed no matter what the weather outside is like.

 

Learn more about Outdoor Space Options from Greensboro Builders

R&K Custom Homes can expertly incorporate a wide variety of outdoor spaces into your home design for a fluid transition from the inside out. If you have ideas for the outdoor areas of your home, share them with your builder early in the process so that your home can be situated on the lot with enough space reserved for a patio, pool, etc. 

Looking for Greensboro builders who can create the home of your dreams complete with beautiful, unique outdoor spaces? Call R&K Custom Homes today at (336) 643-3503.