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How to Build Your Perfect Outdoor Living Space

by Gina Watters

One of the biggest benefits to living in Southwest Florida is the beautiful weather we experience year-round.  It gets hot just about everywhere, but our timid winters without snow call to those looking to drop the shovel and enjoy their newfound free time.  To make the most of our picturesque weather, many Floridians opt to create a quintessential outdoor living space with every bell and whistle.

As a Southwest Florida luxury home builder with more than 25 years’ experience, London Bay Homes is well-equipped to guide you through the creation of your perfect outdoor living space with just a few steps.  After putting together all of the information you’ll need before construction, you’ll be just a quick Private Label Living design/build process away from lying on a hammock with a drink in hand, soaking up the beauty of the sun’s rays.

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Before you get started on your ideal outdoor living space, take stock of  the outdoor area you have in your current home or decide how much space you think you will need for your outdoor living area when you sift through the Florida homes for sale.  London Bay Homes is a preferred builder in many award-winning communities in Naples and Sarasota and we also have a number of home sites available through our On-Your-Lot program.  In Naples, we have home sites in the coveted neighborhoods of Old Naples, Port Royal, Aqualane Shores, Moorings and Park Shore, some with gorgeous model homes already planned.  In Sarasota, you can enjoy island living with home sites available in Longboat Key, Siesta Key, and Bird Key with access to award-winning beaches and a short drive to the riveting lifestyle found on the Sarasota mainland.

Water Features

Custom pool in the Isabella Two-Story at Mediterra

You simply shouldn’t live in Florida and not indulge in a custom pool, a raised spa, or any other water feature to decorate your outdoor space.  Glistening pools invite you in for a dip when those dog days of summer get a tad too long and the spa offers a warm reprieve when the temperature drops, but you still want to look up at the stars.  London Bay Homes’ Move-In-Ready models all feature a custom pool by our in-house pool designers at Acquatico so that all of our homeowners can indulge in invigorating outdoor activities and enhance the beautiful backyard views from their luxury homes.  From waterfalls in the pool or courtyard to fountains strategically-placed to visually enhance the space, water features are a popular way to add a sense of tranquility to your outdoor living area.

Alfresco Dining

An afternoon of outdoor fun doesn’t have to be put on hold so you can go inside to make lunch.  We have found that most of the homeowners building with London Bay Homes opt for an outdoor kitchen with a top-of-the-line, stainless steel grill, an under-counter refrigerator, and sink to prep, cook, and serve to make outdoor cooking feel as luxurious as when they are inside of their home.  Adding an outdoor dining space also facilitates alfresco dining.  Decorate the space with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some mosquito repellant candles or backyard torches to make your family barbecues a pesk-free experience that can last all day.

Outdoor Living Area

Maximize your time spent outside and you may find that you are healthier and happier, according to many sources.  Nature can help us fight depression and stress, as well as increase focus and immunity.  With so many health benefits, don’t just spend your time outside jumping in the pool or eating barbecued ribs; take your friends outside for your visit or bring out your favorite book and relax poolside.  You can also position a swing, hammock, or another form of comfortable outdoor seating to take in the view of your picturesque setting.  Often fully accessible from the main living area and the master bedroom suite, outdoor living spaces and courtyards found in Southwest Florida real estate enhance the level of luxury living with walls for privacy, a water feature, fireplace, lighting, plants, and the invigorating Florida sunshine.

If you’re looking for a luxury home with a beautiful outdoor living space to match, schedule a tour of our many model homes for sale throughout Naples and Sarasota.  If you already have your ideal home, but want to take your outdoor living space to another level, contact London Bay Homes Renovation and Design.  One of our goals is to repurpose your pool, spa, and outdoor living space so that it becomes a part of your home environment, making it a visual amenity in addition to a way to beat the Florida heat in the summer and enjoy the breeze in the spring.  Our team of architects and designers can also take on any of your renovation projects, from complete interior and exterior makeovers and room additions to full kitchen and bath renovations incorporating architectural and design accents.

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