6 Setups to Inspire Your Patio Planning

With summer upon us, there is no time like the present to embark on the creation of your own outdoor oasis. From fire pits to fountains and grill stations to luscious greenery, we’ve built it all. To help get your wheels turning, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular outdoor requests.

Select a Fireplace or Fire Pit


The options are endless when it comes to fireplace and fire pit design. First, determine if you would like a fire feature incorporated into your home design or if you prefer that it lives as a separate design element – say out on the patio or in the yard. From there, take your pick of stone or brick and start dreaming up an enchanting design that will sure to be a hit among your family and friends.

Create a Corner Nook


The corner nook is the perfect place to cuddle up with a book or catch up with friends. It is also a great space for a built-in fireplace topped off with a TV display. You’ll be the envy of all your friends when it comes to Saturday night hangouts or Sunday Funday.

Go for Fountains or Water Features


A fountain brings a tranquil sense to an outdoor space. The constant movement of the water creates a calming sensation that no one will deny. Go big or go small…either way, you are sure to reap the benefits of a water feature.

Please the Grill Master


The grill is an obvious must-have, but a built-in gourmet grilling area, complete with surface space for food prep or a buffet, a sink and other common kitchen luxuries like a mini fridge, wine cooler, warming drawer or ice maker, is such treat. We promise this is one outdoor feature you’ll be sure to use.

Streamline Your Space


Bring the outside in by blending two beloved spaces. You can have a wall of windows one minute and direct access to your outdoor living area the next. This approach removes all physical and visual barriers, creating one large space, ideal for entertaining.

Design the Ultimate Oasis


Narrowed down your must-haves, but have several ideal outdoor living areas on your list? Be strategic about the placement of each. Creating distinct zones for dining, conversation and relaxing around the fire will not only maximize the functionality but also create a space that is visually interesting and appealing.

What setup is at the top of your list? For additional outdoor living ideas, visit the Idea Gallery under “Design Center” at dreeshomes.com.

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