Great Outdoor Living Spaces

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Outdoor Living at Home

If you are like most homeowners, you want to make good use of your entire home, inside and out. More and more people are remodeling or building homes with a greater emphasis on outdoor living spaces, like patios, decks, porches, sunrooms, and more.

  • Have you ever dreamed of having a porch or veranda where you could sip your favorite beverage while swinging on a traditional porch swing?
  • If you had a screened porch, would you relax there because you could be outside without the bother of insects or the weather?
  • Could a portico give your home more curb-appeal by creating a stately look and also help you transition into the house during inclement weather?
  • Have you thought about how much easier it would be to entertain on your deck if it was equipped with an outdoor kitchen and/or fire pit?
  • Have you considered how a hardscaped patio could provide an area to entertain guests next to an in-ground pool, as well as reduce the dirt tracked into the house?

We find that renovation projects often involve opening up and integrating the kitchen or family room with an adjacent deck or patio. One way this can be done is by having an entire wall of modern, energy efficient glass doors. (These are not your old-fashioned sliding glass patio doors.) Some of these new doors practically disappear when they’re opened. This allows your interior rooms to merge beautifully with the outdoor space and make your home feel larger. Whether you’re doing outside grilling or indoor baking, the spaces can flow seamlessly so you enjoy the best of both worlds.

Outdoor Living Options Abound

Besides porches, decks and patios, more people are building outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, outdoor bars, and even full outdoor kitchens. Kitchens with sinks, ranges, high-end grills, refrigerators, ice machines, dishwashers, and more that let you do much more than just grilling.

With today’s modern gas heaters and specialty outdoor air conditioning units, you can comfortably use your outdoor living spaces all year-round. With imaginative lighting, as dim or bright as you want, you can create a wonderful, magical place to enjoy your evenings outside under the stars. With covered porches, retractable awnings, or gazebos, even rain need not keep you from enjoying your home’s outdoor spaces.

Pools and spas are also popular, allowing you to enjoy swimming or soaking in the privacy and convenience of your own back yard.

Popular Outdoor Living Spaces

  • Decks
  • Porches
  • Screened Porches
  • Sunrooms
  • Patios
  • Pools & Spas
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Pool Houses
  • Pathways & Gardens
  • Hardscaping

Homeowners enjoying their homes outdoor living spaces

MDV Makes Remodeling Outdoor Living Spaces Easier than Ever

Specialty contractors for decks, porches, patios, and pools come with “specialty” prices because they focus on only one type of product or project. They do not think beyond what they sell and so don’t look at options that allow you to complement and further enhance your “inside” lifestyle with a variety of outdoor living space options. MDV looks at remodeling holistically and can help you get more from your home inside and outside – and even by merging the two.

As a full-service design build firm, MDV always keeps the broad view and we can handle everything for you, leaving you to relax and not worry. Our TruYou Design Build™ approach considers the big picture as well as all the little details.

Inside and Outside Spaces Working Together

MDV’s experts understand how life is best when you can incorporate and coordinate your home’s indoor spaces with its outdoor spaces. We understand how traffic circulates around a home, and how to remodel your home to get the best feel from a deck or patio.

We can help you think through all the details that need to be considered. For example, does your outdoor space lead kids from the swimming pool to a space inside your home not suited for wet feet and dripping wet swimsuits? Or, does the outdoor space layout guide them to a place where water can do no harm? Sure, it sounds simple, but it also takes a special way of thinking. The kind of focus MDV brings to every home design situation.

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