How to create the perfect outdoor space

This luxury property in Portugal makes the most of its outside area / Luximo's Christie's
This luxury property in Portugal makes the most of its outside area / Luximo's Christie's
11 June 2018, LUXIMO'S Christie's

A garden is more than just flowers – it’s an extension of your home and it deserves the same care and attention to details as the house does. Here, expert architects and designers share some outdoor space design ideas to make your yard a true living space, and show us some prime examples of properties with quality outdoor areas.

Entertaining at home normally makes you think of hors d’oeuvre in the living room and supper in the dining room, tables set with fine china and glittering glassware. Today though, it’s more common to host guests in a stylish outside space with a relaxing and intimate feel.

Connect with nature

This modern tendency to prefer outdoor living spaces has grown with our disconnect from nature and our primal desire to return to it. “Being in the fresh air and nature is a contrast to our digital, air-conditioned lives, and an enormous change to our pace of life,” says Regan McClellan of the award-winning, McClellan Architects in Seattle.

Stunning views of the Douro River - Ref: CS01566 / Luximo's Christie's
Stunning views of the Douro River - Ref: CS01566 / Luximo's Christie's

Consider the season

For this luxury villa in the Algarve in Portugal, an outside area has been created so you can enjoy both warm and cold weather. For an extended season al fresco, though, you need protection from the elements – shelter from rain and the hot sun alike.

Outdoor rooms in luxury villa - Ref: 1CS00222 / Luximo's Christie's
Outdoor rooms in luxury villa - Ref: 1CS00222 / Luximo's Christie's

Keep warm in winter

Warmth is paramount when enjoying outdoor entertaining areas after the sun has set or when the temperature drops. Stunning views of the garden framed by floor-to-ceiling windows creates a cosy feel and ensures that you can make use of this space all year round.

Villa with floor-to-ceiling glass walls - Ref: CS02357 / Luximo's Christie's
Villa with floor-to-ceiling glass walls - Ref: CS02357 / Luximo's Christie's

Add essential elements

Everyone loves a good barbecue, and outdoor cooking has always been popular, now being as sophisticated and acceptable in social situations as its indoor counterpart. “An outdoor kitchen should be properly equipped with everything you need so you don’t need to go back inside,” points out McClellan.

Moorish style property - Ref: 1CS00537 / Luximo's Christie's
Moorish style property - Ref: 1CS00537 / Luximo's Christie's

In conclusion, outdoor entertaining areas are now such an important component of so many people’s lifestyles that they have become a must on many a property checklist. “While terraces or gardens are rare in some large cities, an outdoor entertaining space is indispensable for luxury properties everywhere else,” says Rick Moeser, an Executive Director at Christie’s International Real Estate. “When it comes to materials and design, buyers expect the outdoor space to be of the same high quality as the inside.”

If you’re looking for a fantastic home with incredible outdoor spaces, contact LUXIMO'S Christie's International Real Estate.

From the original article: Luxury Defined

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