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Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces

Give an outdoor room interiorlike appeal with these tips to maximize dining, relaxing, and entertaining areas.

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When it comes to your backyard, there's plenty of room for entertaining. Try these tips to maximize your outdoor living space. Use the layout to your advantage. A deck patio combination is the perfect opportunity to create separate spaces. One for dining, one for relaxing. Keep functionality in mind. Place the grill and dining table by the nearest door to the kitchen for easy indoor-outdoor entertaining. Also, arrange the seating to encourage conversation. Give your outdoor room a focal point. A fireplace, for example, not only lights up your space, but also provides warmth from the cooler months. With these layout and design tips, you can enjoy a live large retreat in your very own backyard.