The long-treasured manicured lawn is slowly being displaced by thoughtfully designed landscapes and livable outdoor spaces. Daylight modeling and transitional spaces are becoming phrases of the urban homeowner. The goal is to reduce the contrast between out and in for as many months as possible.
Overhead and underfoot heating may use energy, but are widely accepted as making an outdoor space livable not just May to September, but March through November. The barbecue is now often accompanied by a small fridge, counter and sink. As the livability of deck, patio, and landscape increase, the pressure on interior spaces is reduced, changing, the requirements for design. Requirements for interior spaces are decreased and simplified, justifying the investment outside.
Sustainable building practices apply fully to the creation of an outdoor space with consideration for durability, maintenance and materials. How can you achieve high performance and a low carbon footprint in your own outdoor space? Ask a designer who knows the issues.