These are the hottest must-haves for your outdoor living area

Whether you want to design your backyard oasis to be a prime spot for outdoor entertaining or a place for relaxing by the outdoor fireplace, our team of experts will help you curate your ideal outdoor living area.

As summer approaches, so too does the desire to move our eating and entertaining outdoors. No matter how you choose to design your outdoor living space, our goal is the same: To make your outdoor living area one that is beautiful, functional and blends seamlessly with the interior of your home.

Must-have #1: Outdoor fire

Whether you select a stylish outdoor fireplace or a rustic fire pit, there’s no denying that incorporating fire is a quintessential piece of outdoor living design.

For entertaining that feels elevated, design your outdoor space so that your TV is built in just above the fireplace. Not only is this design conducive for entertaining, it makes for the perfect spot for relaxing or family movie night.

Some homeowners opt for a fire pit in addition to or instead of an outdoor fireplace. There’s no denying that a fire pit has a nostalgic feel to it – plus, these spaces are perfect for hosting a group when the sun goes down. Large, flowy outdoor living spaces are ideal for hosting the game, a dinner party or for simply enjoying summer nights with family.

Must-have #2: Dining area

Outdoor kitchen and dining setups are ideal for entertaining. The grill is an obvious must-have, but also consider incorporating surface space for food prep or a buffet.

Our outdoor living areas are expansive enough to include a large dining area – suitable for a crowd or the whole family. (Because what’s a cookout without a space outside to enjoy it?)

The best part about having a functional outdoor living space is that you can entertain fully without missing out on the fun! Our open, functional patio design truly allows the host to both entertain and be a part of the party.

Must-have #3: Covered porch

When you choose to build a covered patio, you can entertain in comfort – rain or shine! Our covered patios are as beautiful as they are functional. Some homeowners opt to bring the outdoor elements into this space – select wooden features for the ceiling or pick cedar beams for a pop of rustic flair. Or, for a modern look, go with contrasting colors and sleek lines.

For a spot that’s more chill, design your covered porch to house your fireplace. The covered patio combined with the warmth of the fire creates a space that is the epitome of cozy. Curl up here with a good book and unwind at the end of the day.

Ready to start designing your dream home?

From Instagram inspiration and Pinterest pins to your final floor plan, Drees makes it easy to bring it all together. We know your home is more than a dwelling. It’s an expression of who you are and what you value. Designing a custom home is a very personal endeavor, and we want to be here to help you every step of the way.

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