A Home Away From Home in Your Backyard

 

Summer is a very short season and, this year, it's fair to say that we haven't been so lucky in the "summer" department with spring's late arrival.

Photo Credit © Design intérieur: [N Design et Haus Design]/ Photo: Sébastien Chalut
 
Photo Credit © Design intérieur: [N Design et Haus Design]/ Photo: Sébastien Chalut
Summer is a very short season and, this year, it's fair to say that we haven't been so lucky in the "summer" department with spring's late arrival. When it's summer vacation time, we plan trips to the beach or even a week of camping to say we had a little time in the sun. But have you ever thought about extending your summer season from spring to fall?

"Outdooring," a new trend that has become popular over the past few years, could be your solution. But what is it? First, you should know that this word was invented by a company (which I will not name) with the idea of finding a word to help people understand a hot new trend: creating an outdoor space to enjoy what we do every day inside.

I myself have fallen in love with this concept. I can even say that I've become an extremely ardent fan, even creating an outdoor kitchen, so I wouldn't have to eat in the house. Of course, nobody's forcing you to take things that far — you can start with something simpler to see if you like "outdooring" before you invest your entire nest egg.

Creating a well-designed, functional outdoor living space can start with just two basic rooms. The first is the outdoor dining area, where you can spend lots of time enjoying supper every night, perhaps even eating breakfast and dinner on holidays. The second is a small lounge for a drink, some reading or quality time with family and friends. And don't forget to add an umbrella or a summer pavilion to your space for protection from the sun, plus other amenities such as electrical outlets and lighting.

Of course, there are no limits for the true fans of this trend: you can also build an outdoor theatre, bar, gym or kitchen. However, I suggest you start with small projects and see if "outdooring" is for you.

If you love summer, you will see that there's no reason to skimp on your outdoor spaces. And you never know — maybe one day you'll have a home away from home right in your backyard.
 
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Caroline Larocque began her career as a kitchen designer right after she completed her studies.

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