Form and function
Before you finalize your design, put some thought into how you’d like to use your outdoor living space. Walking paths, water features, swimming pools, and outdoor kitchens are all popular choices when it comes to creating an outdoor oasis, but which elements are right for you depends on your preferences.
If you’d like to make dining al fresco a regular part of your routine, an upscale outdoor kitchen is the perfect way to make it as easy as possible enjoy a great meal in a beautiful setting. If your tastes run more toward pool parties or cocktail hours, you may want to forgo the kitchen in favor of more space for comfortable seating and conversation.