Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor Living Spaces With Bayshore Landscaping

Bayshore Landscaping takes outdoor spaces and constructs, develops, and enhances them, effectively extending your livable space and increasing the value of your home.

Traditionally, the favorite hangouts in the home have been the kitchen and family room. But today, the backyard is taking over as the favorite gathering space for cooking, entertaining and relaxation. More homeowners are bringing all the comforts of their indoor rooms to the outside by creating multipurpose outdoor living spaces that function as inviting extensions of their home.

Nature is a popular interior decorating theme, and the term "bringing the outside in" is often used to describe using natural features like plants and rocks inside—but what about "bringing the inside out"?

As you explore deck and patio design ideas, keep in mind that creating a relaxing, stylish outdoor living space or outdoor room can greatly increase the appeal and value of your home and provide an oasis for friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors in supreme comfort.

One of the most popular outdoor room touches you can explore is enclosing a gazebo or pergola in colorful outdoor curtains. These will have the effect of framing the outdoor room and creating a gentle perimeter, and they can also offer precious shade on sunny days.

Another outdoor room idea is to create an arch, trellis or doorway leading to your outdoor room. This structure can give guests the distinct feeling of entering a new space, and you can add interest to the design with colorful climbing plants.

Fencing is another great way to frame an outdoor room. Latticework, bamboo, weathered barn wood or even shrubs can create a stylish boundary for your outdoor living space, and once you have these "walls" in place, you can explore decorating them with artwork that'll stand up to the elements.

To protect your outdoor room from the elements, consider adding an awning in an eye-popping design. This way, your outdoor living space will be open for enjoyment even during inclement weather.

Don't be afraid to add stylish accents and traditional indoor furnishings to your outdoor room. Carpets, throw pillows for furniture, and other design touches will create a welcoming feel. Just make sure they're rated for outdoor use if they'll be exposed to the elements.

Outdoor Living Spaces With Bayshore Landscaping
Pressure Treated Wood - This is one of the cheapest options for decks, but also one of the shortest-lasting ones. This is generally made with any easy-to-treat wood such as pine that is infused with various preservatives. Untreated pine will not last for more than 18 months, but treating the material and maintaining it well, can make it last for upto 15 years.

Cedar and Redwood - These have a slightly-longer lifespan than the pressure treated woods. Cedar and redwood are 2 similar species of wood and have a couple of common features. They both are lightweight and soft, but they also naturally contain certain elements that help in protecting them against insects and rot. Just as most woods will fade over a period of time; these 2 woods will also fade if protective coatings and sealants are not applied on the decks. Both these woods will last for 20 years or more.

Mahogany - Mahogany is largely used indoors but some homeowners opt for decks made of mahogany. The lighter varieties of this species are more susceptible to deterioration from exposure to the elements if they are not protected appropriately. But the darker varieties have certain natural preservatives just as cedar and redwood do, which affords the decks longevity and they can last for 25-30 years.

Tropical Hardwoods - These are the hardest species of wood that you can buy but they also tend to be the most expensive. In the right conditions and with the right maintenance, they can last for 25-30 years. But they are very tough and in some cases, it can be very difficult to even hammer a nail into them. Anyone who does not have a budget constraint should consider opting for tropical hardwood decks and they are the best that money can buy.

The material you choose for decks or patios will depend on your personal taste and budget. Tropical woods, like teak, wear & weather well. However, some of these varieties can be dark, and they tend to hold more heat than the lighter woods like Southern yellow pine that has been pressure treated.
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