Ideas for fun and functional outdoor rooms

As gardening stores overflow with colorful flowers and reservations for patio seating heat up at local restaurants, it’s clear that summer is coming, and people are ready to get outside. You can bring that excitement home with clever decorating and design for everything from home gyms to game rooms to back-to-nature Zen zones outside.

Here in the Arlington, Virginia area, fun and functional outdoor spaces have been popping up all over town as I’ve seen clients and friends find new ways to connect and spend time in the great outdoors (or rather, their great backyards).

Family-friendly Fun

Outdoor spaces that encourage children to get outside and connect with the environment are popular for both entertainment and home-schooling purposes. Well-designed areas like this often include tree houses, gardens, mazes, and educational ways to interact with nature.

Alfresco Entertaining

Post-quarantine and post-winter, people are craving more socializing and entertainment. Designing alfresco areas fits the bill as people are turning their balconies, patios, and gardens into “rooms” that provide the ambiance they need to entertain with style. Incorporating water, fire, and light are a few key elements, along with seating and protection from the elements if needed.

Outdoor Health and Wellness

The ability to support physical and mental health is always important, and as the seasons have changed homeowners are finding that incorporating nature into their workouts or meditation sessions add something special. Outdoor rooms for these purposes range from simple spaces where one can stream a workout, to freestanding exercise equipment, to a Zen zone that provides scents, sounds, and sights that allow them to breathe easy.

Creating outdoor rooms in Arlington, VA

As sunny days and warmer nights become the norm here in Virginia, now is the perfect time to turn your thoughts toward creating outdoor spaces that allow you to expand your options while staying close to home. That backyard or patio you’ve been ignoring the past year just might become your new favorite place.