Jun 10, 2013

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Create the Perfect Spot for Entertaining with Outdoor Living Spaces

Though summer in Austin can be sizzling, during the rest of the year, the area enjoys a mild climate. Even in January and February, it is not uncommon to see people outside jogging, barbequing, picnicking, and enjoying other activities. The moderate winter and spring temperature, combined with the beautiful scenery of the Texas Hill Country are leading more new home builders in Austin, TX to customize their designs with outdoor living spaces, perfect for entertaining or just sitting at home with a drink and a book. Though he or she will have plenty of ideas for outdoor living spaces, the following are some ideas that you can bring up in your meetings with your new home builders in Austin, TX.

  • Though winters are mild in Austin, nights can get chilly. Ask your builders to add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, which can add warmth at night and also be a great place for roasting hot dogs or making s’mores.
  • Another great option for warmth and outdoor cooking is a wood-fired oven. Not only will it keep your guests toasty, you can impress them with gourmet wood-fired pizzas just like they could get at a high end Italian restaurant.
  • If you really want to go all out for cooking and entertainment, ask your new home builders in Austin, TX about installing an entire outdoor kitchen. No more running from kitchen to barbeque grill and from refrigerator to oven. Typically, a gill is the focal point of an outdoor kitchen, but builders can also put in countertops, sink, refrigerator, and even a wet bar complete with beer taps.
  • For serenity and peace, consider adding a water feature to your outdoor living space. These features include fountains, waterfalls, and koi ponds.
  • Sometimes an outdoor living space can feel nebulous, especially if you have a large yard to begin with. New home builders in Austin, TX can create a variety of enclosures, ranging from a brick patio or gravel ground cover to a low surrounding wall. Many people choose to install pergolas, wooden structures open at the top. Garden features such as lattice work, plants, or vines growing around posts can create enclosures that still blend in with their surroundings.
  • Talk to your builder about how to centralize your outdoor living space. He or she may suggest putting the fireplace or grill at the center of the action, or you may choose to create a central seating arrangement, especially if your yard affords a good view.

With the right planning and by working with experienced new home builders in Austin, TX you can create an outdoor living space that will become the entertainment hub of your neighborhood. The perfect space can be so comfortable and stylish that it will seem merely an extension of your home.

Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes are experienced new home builders in Austin, TX that have been providing the best in customer service and individualized designs for the last 34 years. We are a multi-award winning company, and have been named Custom Home Builder of the Year by Austin Business Journal in 2011. We are also committed to green energy use and sustainable building techniques. For more information, call us at 512-261-0344 or visit our website at www.zcustomhomes.com.

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