Mother Nature’s Living Room

Outdoor rooms, porches, and pavilions let you come home again to the natural world. Let nature’s elements be your palette and sensory delight your touchstone.

The first step in creating your outdoor room is to map out the gifts and challenges of your spot. Diagram the sun’s path, the wind directions (prevailing and storm), the best views, and any other features that you want to include or exclude. Then site and design your outdoor room to take advantage of nature’s bounty. This is an example of a site plan that showcases an ideal outdoor room.
Illustration by Gayle Ford