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7 Inspiring Ideas to Create Your Dream Backyard Oasis

Luxury backyard oasis with an outdoor kitchen, covered porch, and seating area

Do you love spending time outside but find yourself less than impressed with your current backyard design? If so, it may be time to expand your outdoor living space to include features you, your family, and guests will love to use, like an outdoor kitchen or backyard bar.

Get some inspiration for your outdoor living space addition with these popular design ideas and trends, and then contact Action Builders to create the relaxing backyard retreat you’ve been dreaming about for years!

Creative Ideas for Your Outdoor Living Space

1. Four-Season Rooms

Screened porches are a great way to add outdoor living space to your home. However, in cold climates like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it’s difficult to enjoy these beautiful spaces during cold, snowy months or humid summer days. 

However, when you invest in a four-season room, you can enjoy gorgeous outdoor views, regardless of the weather. Unlike screened porches, enclosed with a mesh material, four-season rooms are surrounded by large, insulated windows to bring the beauty of your backyard inside, while keeping the uncomfortable temperatures outside, where they belong.

2. Deck Expansion

If you’re considering a home addition to expand your property, it’s wise to think of innovative ways you can utilize your outdoor living space with your new addition.

Many homeowners opt to add a brand-new deck, porch, or patio where you, your family, or guests can work, study, relax, or soak up the sunshine! Consider adding stunning outdoor lighting, designer flooring, and gorgeous railings to customize your new deck or patio.

Depending on the type of addition you’re considering, you can even get more creative. If you’re expanding your home with a master bedroom for you and your spouse, consider adding a private patio with a soaking tub. Or if you love to garden, you may want to add a porch to a second-story addition where you can keep your flowerbeds or a greenhouse.

3. Outdoor Kitchen

Do you love to cook? If so, an outdoor kitchen may be the perfect way to enhance your living space and expand your capacity for entertaining guests

Depending on how often you’ll use your backyard kitchen, you can add as many features as possible, including a refrigerator, pizza oven, sink, microwave, countertops, storage cabinets, dishwasher, and more. Building a kitchen outside is a spectacular solution if you love to host friends, family, and neighbors, but your kitchen is too small to accommodate everyone. 

Plus, imagine how much faster you could cook and clean if you had a set of appliances and food preparation stations indoors and outdoors. Talk about your vision for your project with a local contractor to ensure you have the proper hookups for water, gas, and electricity.

4. Backyard Bar

Creating a backyard bar is a great way to expand your outdoor living space, and there are dozens of ways you can customize your bar to match your personal style.

You can add a bar as a part of your outdoor kitchen or make your bar a stand-alone addition to your backyard. If you enjoy craft beer, you may want to add beer taps to your bar, or if you’re a wine aficionado, you may wish to incorporate a beverage refrigerator into the design.

If you’d like, add a swim-up tiki bar to your swimming pool for the ultimate summer backyard getaway, or incorporate lawn games, like cornhole and horseshoes, near your outdoor bar to create the perfect tailgating experience in your own backyard.

5. Grilling Station

If an outdoor kitchen seems like more than you’ll use, you can always create a grilling station in your backyard with sturdy countertops, storage space, and a high-quality grill. 

Just add a pergola and a spacious table, and you have the perfect place to serve lunch or dinner for backyard barbecues or pool parties!

6. Comfortable Seating

Perhaps you’d like to create a space where you can sit and relax with family and friends in your backyard. Of course, you can always add stylish pavers and a patio table where you can enjoy meals outside, but there are tons of other creative outdoor seating ideas, too. 

For example, you can incorporate a fireplace or sunken fire pit into your backyard design, with materials like stone or brick and custom benches for a cozy place to spend chilly evenings. Or you can extend your patio to add a flat-screen television and comfortable couches and chairs where you can watch football games, movies, and more.

7. Entertainment Space

Before investing in a remodeling project or home addition, it’s wise to consider ways to extend your entertaining space at the same time to cut down on costs. 

For example, adding sliding, stacking, or bi-fold patio doors while remodeling your kitchen can quickly create a seamless transition between your home and backyard. Then, when you upgrade your patio with pavers or flagstones, an outdoor kitchen, and a pergola, guests will want to spend just as much time outside as they do in your kitchen!

Bring Your Vision for Your Outdoor Living Space to Life with Action Builders 

Whether you’d like to enhance your outdoor living space with a kitchen or add a spacious deck to your new home addition, we’d love to help! 

Action Builders adds entertaining spaces, decks, porches, pergolas, and other enhancements to backyards across Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We also offer home remodeling services, so if you’re looking to redesign your home and backyard simultaneously, we’re the ideal one-stop shop for your project.

Learn more about our outdoor living and entertainment space services to discover how we can help you add space, value, and fun to your home!