Vacation at Home: Planning Your Outdoor Living Oasis

In Lifestyle and Entertaining by John & Sabrina Foley

planning your outdoor livingModern outdoor living is the best it’s ever been. There are so many products available to turn your outdoor living space into an oasis that it may be mind-boggling! But the reality is that you can start planning your outdoor living area with some of the basics and expand when and where you want to. By choosing what best appeals to you, your outdoor living space can become a dream come true.

Patios and Decks

The best place to start is on your very own patio or deck. A patio can be constructed at ground level using stones or pavers to make a solid foundation. A deck, on the other hand, can be built onto a home with a patio door, and is the perfect material to create a multi-level deck for homes on a hill or slope.

Patio Covers and Gazebos

A patio cover or gazebo might be the perfect place to relax or be the center of attention at any get together. Gazebos typically have an open sided frame with a roof covering the top and are located away from the house, while patio covers are usually attached to the house and also have a solid covering with open sides. Benches can be built-in or lawn furniture can be placed inside. They can be erected over grass, sand or compacted soil, or for the ultimate in versatility, they can be built over a foundation of pavers. Providing protection from the elements, you can include other features such as outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, and dining areas. Either way, both structures offer the perfect place to start the party, or to kick back and relax when the party is over.

Arbors and Pergolas

A simpler type of open topped structure is an arbor or pergola. An arbor resembles something like a glorified open-topped arch that can be as long or as wide as is desired. A pergola is essentially a gazebo that is not enclosed, that also has an open-topped roof. Both of these designs look great when flowers or vines are allowed to crawl over the top for beautiful color or shade, and they can act as an entranceway, or a seating area for your outdoor oasis.

Outdoor Kitchens and Grills

What would outdoor living be without some way to cook food? A built-in grill is a classic element in an outdoor oasis, but a simple Mexican chiminea fits in well with Southwestern type of decor. A regular charcoal kettle grill works on pavers in a more rustic setting, but if you want to be the next gourmet outdoor living chef, you’ll need one of the most modern LP gas grills that are available. These outdoor wonder appliances do everything an indoor appliance will do, yet the best can also burn different types of wood or charcoal chips to give food an added robust flavor. No outdoor living oasis should be without some type of grill.


Whether you want something large or small, Foley Pools will make sure it is perfectly YOU. Contact us today to start building your dream.