…a house is not a home until you love where you live…

5 must-have features in your outdoor living area

Your home’s yard can do a lot more than just look nice. Did you know that it could function as a fully realized part of your living experience, as integral and relaxing as any other room in your house (save for maybe the bathroom). 

Outdoor areas come with a lot of potential and they can be transformed in as many ways as there are homeowners out there. There are, of course, set elements that every outdoor space should have in order to feel just right. Here are 5 must-have features for your outdoor living area.

5 must-have features in your outdoor living area

Patio fire features

Summer is right around the corner, but outdoor fire features such as fireplaces, fire pits, tiki torches and more can create an engaging entertainment area for guests and residents alike. 

Outdoor kitchens

According to one study, Americans spend more than 400 hours a year in their kitchens. If you’re looking to spend even more time outside, then an outdoor kitchen might be right up your alley. You can choose from a dedicated grill spot to a full-blown kitchen setup that might come with:

  • Seating
  • Cabinets
  • Countertop space or island
  • Cooking appliances (smoker, power burner, etc.)
  • Dishwasher
  • Covered space

Lounging spaces

Having a dedicated space to just sit and relax is an important part of any outdoor area. Lounge areas with shade coverings like pergolas are popular right now and it’s not hard to see why. The open air structure also means the project might be subject to fewer permit requirements.


Pools continue to be incredibly popular, both for activities and aesthetics. In our south Florida climate, having a pool is more often than not a necessity to beat the heat. 

Outdoor lighting

Lighting can be just as important for patio space as it is for the interior of your home. Functionally, it allows you to keep using your patio space even when the sun goes down. But you can also enhance the look of that space with clever light usage and placement. 

Bring your yard to life with Debowsky Design Group

Are you looking to jazz up your outdoor area into a relaxation wonderland? Then we’d love to work with you. Our award-winning firm specializes in transforming spaces that we know homeowners will love. Give us a call, our dedicated team of experts is ready to partner with you to create your next favorite project.