We built an outdoor living space for around $125. You can read about it here if you like. It’s absolutely breathtaking and we spend a lot of time there during a good majority of the year, but we had a few headaches along the way.
How Big Is Too Big? Consider how much space you really need out of your outdoor living space. What purpose will you use it for? We went a little overboard with ours, and it was a lot of extra work as a result. We used river rock for the flooring of the space and it took a lot of time to find flat ones, carry them to my truck, unload them one by one, and place them. Think about exactly how much space you really need for your family and entertaining.
Will My Space Hold Up to Weather? Most of the year where I live is fairly nice. There are rains in the spring and it’s a bit windy, summer is humid, the fall is gorgeous, but the winter is nasty. Consider all seasons before you construct your outdoor living space. What type of furniture are you going to use? What type of roofing if any will withstand wind, rain, or ice? I built a pergola out of natural resources and planted climbing vines. The vines are thick and protect my outdoor furniture from rain fairly well, but during the winter I have to bring the furniture to the deck and cover it or it would be ruined.
What Can I Get For Free? I learned a valuable lesson about using the resources available in my area. We built a gorgeous space and only spent around $125 dollars. I used river rock not just for flooring but also for an outdoor fireplace. I created a mosaic table out of broken tiles I got for next to nothing, and I also created my own art for the space. I found discount baskets for books and art supplies at my local thrift store. Look around your land, yard, or at discount stores before you go out and spend a ton of money. The most beautiful spaces are unique and have a personal touch rather then a generic Wal Mart look.
Time Until Completion: Also, consider how much time you expect your project to take. I estimated that I could do the entire space in two weekends. I took almost a month by the time it was completely finished. If you’re planning to use your outdoor living space for a party or gathering, make sure you have enough time to finish it beforehand. A good rule of thumb is to estimate the time you think you need and double it. Something usually happens during any kind of construction to set you back, whether it’s a simple backyard shed, living space, or home. Give yourself extra time so that you aren’t stressed. If you finish early then you’ll have some free time.
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