5 Tips for Creating a Functional Outdoor Room


Northern Nevada enjoys all four seasons, and an outdoor room done right means you can enjoy them to their fullest. At Harris Landscape Construction here in Reno, we particularly enjoy designing and installing outdoor living spaces that make it possible to enjoy our weather all year round. If our recent warm weather has you thinking about your landscaping, here are five tips for creating a functional outdoor space.

Include Hardscapes

Patios, decks, and walkways help define outdoor spaces and serve as the footprint to your outdoor room. There are virtually endless options for these hardscape features in terms of aesthetics and materials, but the idea is a strong, stable surface that will serve as the foundation to your outdoor space.

Include Shelter

Covering your patio space is key to a functional outdoor space in northern Nevada, offering shade from the hot summer sun and protection from the elements when things get wet or rainy. And again, you have lots of options for creating this shelter, from simple free-standing or attached patio covers to more elaborate structures. The right cover will depend on your budget and your vision, and we’re happy to talk through the pros and cons of different options.

Include Functional Elements

Evenings can get cool in our high desert climate, and features like fire pits and outdoor fireplaces not only offer visual appeal but functionality too. Heat up your outdoor space with a fire feature that works for your space and fuel source, and you’ll find that you can spend even more time enjoying your outdoor room. The experience and advice of an experienced landscape designer can make a big difference here, and the HLC team can answer all of your questions about the best way to add warmth and ambiance.

Don’t Forget Lighting

If the sun goes down and your outdoor space goes dark, you’ll limit the amount of time you can spend out there. Plan ahead to incorporate lighting in your outdoor room, and consider options like overhead lights, wall sconces, pathway markers, and landscape lights. You’ll be amazed what a difference it makes.

Don’t Overlook Function

Retaining walls are an excellent way to add definition and cohesiveness to your design, while also adding functionality. They double as extra seating, add privacy, create usable areas for plants and shrubs, and generally add to the overall aesthetic.

The Takeaway

When it comes to creating an outdoor space, the options are so vast that it can feel a little intimidating. Where do you begin? What will it cost? What’s right for your space? Be clear on how you want to use this outdoor space and the design aesthetic you want as you start considering details. And lean on the experts. An experienced landscape designer will make a huge difference in bringing your dreams to life.

Ready to get started? Contact Harris Landscape Construction today!


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