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Oct142009

Creating Beautiful Year-Round Outdoor Living Spaces

Most everyone would agree that autumn sparks in us an increased sense of enjoyment in being outdoors. The crisp mornings, vivid sky, cool evenings, are even more pleasurable with an outdoor living space one can retreat to. What better time to be inspired to create a beautiful space that can be enjoyed year-round?

It's easier than you think. Creating a patio environment can be as simple as a pergola extension from the exterior walls of your home. This lattice structure is reminiscent of Italian garden buildings, and can be the perfect solution for an elegant and functional outdoor living space that is easy to build, install and maintain. Available in kits or made custom to correspond with the dimensions of your home, most pergola structures are made from cedar planks, and last for years. The wood, if left untreated will patina over time, or it can be sealed or stained, or painted to match the architectural elements of your facade.

Jacksonville Outdoor Living SpaceThe overhead horizontal beams create a sense of enclosure, although open to the elements. The vertical and horizontal components provide a perfect opportunity for climbing vines of jasmine or jessamine, which are ideal for year-round greenery. Or plant wisteria vines that bloom in the spring, or hang pots of colorful seasonal flowers or lanterns.

A poured concrete base for flooring can be installed with reasonable effort, and can be left bare or covered with an outdoor carpet for a sense of living room comfort. Large colorful or earth-toned pots can house tall live bamboo, trees or shrubs to create a natural 'wall' for more privacy.

Furnishing your new space can be simply and affordably done as well. A round or rectangular table and seating or lounge chairs allow for entertaining, family meals or morning coffee. Add color with table coverings and cushions made of all-weather fabrics. Decorate with lanterns or votives to add ambiance for evening lighting.

Add a water feature such as an outdoor fountain for the musical serenity of moving water. For crisp fall through springtime nights, install a fire pit or chiminea and you have a space that is complete with everything you need for a beautiful year-round outdoor environment that will enhance your enjoyment of every season!

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