Outdoor Living Space Design

Designing an outdoor living space can greatly enhance the enjoyment and functionality of a home. Whether it is a small balcony or a sprawling backyard, outdoor living spaces can provide a place to relax, entertain guests, and spend time with family. When designing an outdoor living space, there are a few important factors to consider in order to create a space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Outdoor Living Space Use

One of the first things to consider when designing an outdoor living space is the intended use of the space.

Will it be primarily used for entertaining guests, or will it be a more private space for relaxation?

Will it be used year-round or only during certain seasons?

These questions can help guide decisions about the layout and features of the space.
In summer, will you need a pergola, umbrella, or other source of shade?

In colder months, heating features such as fire pits or outdoor heaters may be needed to extend the use of the outdoor living space.

Elements of the Outdoor Living Space

When it comes to the features of an outdoor living space, there are a few key elements that can enhance the functionality and enjoyment of the space.

Custom Designed Patio

Want to add some personality to your outdoor space? Create unique patios and walkways to match the look and feel of your home. We will do our best to deliver a beautiful finish that will satisfy you.

Patios can be created as an extension of your home, so you want your patio design to blend seamlessly with your landscaping design, home, and the outdoors.


One important feature is seating. Whether it is a comfortable outdoor sofa or a set of chairs around a fire pit, adequate seating is essential for creating a space that is inviting and comfortable. We can also create built-in seating as part of a retaining wall or patio.
outdoor lighting of a fountain with plants and patio pavers

Outdoor Lighting

Another important feature is lighting. Proper outdoor lighting can extend the use of the space into the evening hours and create a warm and welcoming ambiance. This can be achieved through a variety of lighting options, including string lights, lanterns, and outdoor lighting fixtures.

Features to incorporate into the design

Other features to consider for the outdoor living space include:

  • Outdoor kitchens
  • BBQs or built-in grills
  • Sinks, stoves, and refrigerators
  • Storage

Other Elements of Design for an Outdoor Living Space

Plantings such as potted plants, flowers, and shrubs can add color and texture to the space. Incorporating a water feature such as a fountain or pond can create a peaceful and calming atmosphere. These features can help to create a space that is not only functional but also beautiful and inviting.
Designing an outdoor living space requires careful consideration of the intended use of the space, the climate in which it is located, and the features that will enhance its functionality and aesthetic appeal.

With these factors in mind, a well-designed outdoor living space can provide a place to relax, entertain, and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

At Oregon Landscape, we pride ourselves on providing the best landscape design in Portland, Oregon. Landscape design defines what a client envisions and provides a framework within which art and nature come together to create functional outdoor living spaces.

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