Re-Designing/Decorating Your Outdoor Living Space
In this section, you are responsible to write an explanation of the choices you
made for your outdoor living space. You should discuss and explain the various
elements of design that are necessary when making choices around the following
Existing Style of the Home – in this section, you should discuss the style of the
home that you are living in and how your outdoor living space is created in order
to fit into this style or to compliment this style. Think about the lines of the home
and what you’ve done in your space to compliment this.
Colour Scheme - Be sure that you do choose a colour scheme that will compliment
the design of your home but will allow you to add your own personal fair. Your
colour scheme must be consistent throughout your decorating and should fit into
the style of your home. For example you would not want to use a Moroccan or
Mexican colour scheme with a classical house! Your colour scheme must be
included on your design board and can be taken from our samples, your own
samples, books etc.
Privacy Features – In this section of the written report you will look at what features
you’ve included to give you some privacy in your outdoor living spaces. You may
choose to use natural living plants, trees and shrubs to provide a beautiful and
tasteful way to divide your property from your neighbours’ properties. In addition,
some people use fences to sheets of latticing whereby they add clematis and
other climbing plants to add beauty and privacy. Some properties also naturally
add to privacy because of the layout and size. In addition, properties that back
onto green spaces or forests also have a natural built-in feature.
Lighting – Good outdoor lighting can make your outdoor area as usable at night as it
is during the day. In your report you will discuss the types of lighting you are
using. Maybe you’ve decided to include lanterns or lighting that you will use to
light pathways, fixtures for the outside of your home, flood lights, spotlights
disguised as rocks, hanging candle lanterns or hurricane table lanterns or rope
lighting. Discuss why you’ve chosen these types of lighting.
Storage Options – Be sure to discuss the types of storage you have in your outdoor
living space that can accommodate your needs but will not deter from the beauty
of your outdoor space. Storage can be done creatively using outdoor benches,
attractive sheds or storage areas in concealed areas of your home.
Patio Furniture and Accessories- The current trend has homeowners creating
lush, relaxing, resort-like exteriors furnished with outdoor all-weather furniture,
high performance outdoor flat screen televisions, fashionable accessories and
rugs, ceiling fans, and outdoor lighting, all of which rival indoor furnishings for
beauty and functionality. Describe the furniture and accessories you have used
and how they fit into they assist in creating a relaxing you functional living space.
Patio Floor, Walls, or Shelter- In this section you will discuss the choices you’ve
made for your patio floors, walkways, walls and any shelter spaces you’ve
created. For example why did you choose the colour for the wall, the type of
flooring or technique (ie. interlocking brick, painted concrete, stone). etc. If you
are using an existing patio area, be sure to discuss how it already fits into your
area and is suitable for your needs. Be sure to discuss additional shelter areas
such as gazebos that you may have chosen and why you decided to add them.
Shrubs, Trees, Planter In this section you will discuss the special natural features
that you are using to compliment your living space. How do these items add to
the beauty of your space while still being functional.
Special features – kitchen areas, ponds, pondless streams, pools, gazebo, etc
– Discuss the new or existing items in your outdoor living space that you’ve
chosen and how this will add to the mood or functionality of your living space.
Most people add the kitchen area, hot tubs and pools for entertaining purposes.
Other people choose not to travel a lot in the summer and want their backyard to
be their private resort. Pondless streams and ponds add a sense of serenity and
peace to your backyard where you can relax and enjoy the natural sounds of
nature. Be sure to identify why you’ve chosen the items you have.
Atmosphere or Mood– in this section of the report, you will be discussing the
atmosphere or mood that you want to create in your backyard. For example, rope
lights and lights strung in a shelter or from a patio umbrella tend to add to an
already romantic mood. Perhaps you simply want a functional entertainment
area that will be inviting to your friends. Whatever you decide upon, you should
discuss it in this area.
Focal Point – Talk about one of the focal points you will have in your backyard area
if you have more than one. Why have you chosen this to be your focal point—is
it an area that you and your family will spend the most time in, is it a covered
area that you will be entertaining in, etc. Discuss why this area makes sense to
be your focal point.
viii)Pictorial Drawing– Your pictorial or one-point perspective drawing is an
excellent way to see on paper just what you outdoor area will look like. Before
you start drawing your area, it is important to choose a focal point of your choice.
It could be a pool area with patio furniture and relaxing chairs, an outdoor kitchen
area, a deck with patio furniture and planters, the choice is your! Be sure to
include all accessories, shrubs, planter boxes, and furniture in your drawings. To
be more effective, your pictorial drawing should be done in colour.