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Designing Outdoor Rooms for Year-Round Entertaining

One of the reasons why clients choose to partner with Lifescape is that we keep our eyes focused on the long-term functional of Denver outdoor living spaces. By designing outdoor rooms with year-round appeal, we help our clients to maximize their investment and create extended entertainment space.

Take the following factors into account to create an outdoor room that your family and friends will enjoy throughout the year:

1. HardscapingOutdoor Room

Move beyond concrete and use hardscaping to design an outdoor space with character. Incorporate pavers, natural stone, or porcelain tile to help soften the space and compliment your landscape.

2. Temperature ControlOutdoor Room

While we experience frigid winter temperatures in Colorado, temperatures can also soar during the summer months. To combat the summer heat, add an outdoor fan and strategically plant trees to provide natural shade. Build an outdoor fireplace to create a focal point and serve as a source of heat during the winter months. Many Denver outdoor entertaining spaces also include heaters for year-round comfort.

3. PrivacyOutdoor Room

Your outdoor room should be your private oasis. Use privacy screens that are made out of wood or metal or include a wall of evergreen plants to keep your space secluded.

4. Points of InterestOutdoor Room

When designing your outdoor room, consider the view that it will offer. For example, if you live in Metro Denver, a West-facing patio will offer mountain views. Adding a water feature or incorporating evergreens are ways to create points of interest in your landscape.

5. LightingOutdoor Room

Landscape lighting will give your outdoor space ambiance and make the room functional regardless if it’s day or night. Wall sconces make outdoor entertaining during the evening hours more feasible while stringing lights through trees will offer a whimsical feel to your outdoor entertaining space.

6. Outdoor AmenitiesOutdoor Room

Colorado homeowners are making the most of their outdoor rooms by including outdoor kitchens in these spaces and adding entertainment sources such as TVs and outdoor speakers.

Are you ready to design an outdoor room for your home that offers year-round appeal?

Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to get the conversation started and learn how we can help you to design and build a beautiful outdoor entertaining space to enjoy throughout the year.

Statement Shrubs for Your Colorado Landscape

While grass, trees, and outdoor fixtures are some components of a landscape, shrubs are often the key players. These small to medium-sized plants are some of the first things that you’ll notice about a landscape and serve as the foundation. Therefore, it’s critical that you give careful consideration to the shrubs that you choose from your yard.

Here are several shrubs that will make a statement and work well in our Colorado landscape:

Dark Knight Spirea

Although we’re approaching the end of the summer, incorporating this low-maintenance shrub into your garden will allow you to experience blooms late into the season. This stunning plant is known for its dark green leaves and deep blue flowers. Bees are attracted to this shrub, which helps to pollinate your garden.

Korean Spice Viburnum

This shrub keeps on giving year-round with its gray-green leaves that turn into a beautiful bronze color in the fall. In the spring, pinkish-red buds bloom into clusters of white flowers. Even though this shrub stands six feet tall on average, it’s still smaller than most viburnums. This shrub also puts off a delicious fragrance, which will make you want to spend more time in your yard.

Dwarf Blue Rabbitbrush

                             Source: David Winger

The Colorado landscape is dry throughout much of the year, which makes Dwarf Blue Rabbitbrush a smart choice for your yard. This shrub requires little water and flowers throughout the summer. Towards the end of summer, Dwarf Blue Rabbit brush is recognizable for its golden-yellow flower clusters that cover the shrub.

Kelsey Dogwood

Source: Monrovia

If you’re looking for a low-growing shrub, consider the Kelsey Dogwood. This shrub offers a rich green foliage during the summer months that changes into a brilliant red color in the fall. The Kelsey Dogwood is aesthetically-pleasing even in the winter with its bark. Use this shrub as a ground cover, border, or foundation plant for your garden.


Source: Australis Plants

Waxflower is native to our Colorado landscape as it grows well in rocky soil with partial shade. This shrub requires more water than some of the others that we’ve mentioned, and it’s essential that the soil has excellent drainage. Waxflower is very fragrant and is known for its clusters of white, waxy flowers that turn orange and pink in the fall.

Allow our team of seasoned professionals help you to choose the best shrubs for your landscape.

Contact us at Lifescape to make your dream yard a reality.

Colorado Homes & Lifestyle Magazine Top 5 Under 40!

Top 5 Under 40Lifescape is proud to announce that our very own LeAnn Ostheimer was named one of the Five Under 40 Design Stars for the Class of 2017 by Colorado Homes and Lifestyle Magazine.

LeAnn serves as Director of Design and Marketing at Lifescape and has been a valuable member of our team since 2006. The Colorado native studied landscape horticulture and design at Colorado State University and has had a passion for landscape architecture since she was a young girl growing up on a dairy and crop farm east of Fort Collins.

If you look at her portfolio, you’ll see that LeAnn has completed a diverse range of residential projects, from modern gardens to a miniature replica of the Gardens of Versailles. What she enjoys most about her job is that no two clients want the same thing, and each project that she takes on is an opportunity to prove to herself that she can achieve her client’s vision.

Please join us in congratulating LeAnn for this outstanding recognition, and contact us at Lifescape to learn more about our team of experienced professionals.


Lighting to Enhance Outdoor Entertaining

Outdoor entertaining in Colorado means social gatherings on the patio that linger well after the sun goes down. Considering the beautiful weather that comes our way this time of year, now is the perfect opportunity to re-visit your outdoor entertaining spaces and ensure that they’re up to par.Outdoor Entertaining

Plants, furniture, colors, and textures may be some of the most obvious design aspects that you’ll take note of when assessing your outdoor entertaining space. However, another important design element to consider is landscape lighting. A well-lit landscape will enhance the home’s curb appeal and allow for enjoyable outdoor entertaining here in Denver all evening long.Outdoor Entertaining

Here are several reasons why landscape lighting helps to create an ambiance that compliments evening outdoor entertaining:

1. Adding lighting extends the use of the outdoor entertaining space into the evening, which increases the function of the space and makes it more enjoyable. Not only does lighting contribute to the ambiance of the space, but it also provides safety for guests.Outdoor Entertaining

2. With so many LED fixture options to choose from, homeowners can find a style that best suits their tastes. LED fixtures offer up to a 15-year bulb life and use low wattage, which means less maintenance and more energy savings.Outdoor Entertaining

3. The possibilities of lighting pathways are endless, from adding up lights for trees to using under cap lights to highlight vertical surfaces. Use lighting to create focal points throughout the landscape or accent the architecture of the home.Outdoor Entertaining

4. New transformer technology allows homeowners to tie landscape lighting into their home automation system and zone their lights. Examples of zones include designated welcome, entertainment, and safety areas. Using a transformer and a fixture with programmable color technology will enhance the ambiance during the holidays.Outdoor Entertaining

Are you ready to spruce up your summer outdoor entertaining with landscape lighting? Contact our experts at Lifescape today. We can help you achieve a landscape lighting scheme that best accomplishes your goals and creates a welcoming environment for your guests to enjoy.

5280 Lunch & Learn








We are happy to announce that Lifescape and 5280 magazine teamed up to host a Lunch and Learn here at our Lifescape office. 5280 Home Editor-At-Large Cheryl Meyers moderated a panel featuring 6 PR experts who answered questions ranging from why PR is important to best practices when pitching media.

It was our pleasure to be able to get professionals in the design industry together and learn about something that can help our businesses grow. Thank you to all who were in attendance.