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Outdoor Rooms with Year-Round Appeal

When we work with clients to design Denver outdoor living spaces, we keep our eyes focused on long-term functionality. You can maximize your investment by designing outdoor rooms with year-round appeal. By striking a unique balance between delightful garden designs and stunning hardscape features, your outdoor room can be a place for your family and friends to enjoy all year round, while providing beautiful visual interest.

Denver Outdoor Living Designs Should Consider All Four Seasons

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

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Windbreaks and shelter. Analyze your property to access its primary wind directions. It’s important to build walls or extend overhangs in areas recessed by existing architecture to create a barrier from the elements. If you prefer a less-permanent structure, use large umbrellas that can be raised or lowered according to what Mother Nature has on her agenda in terms of sun or rain. Trees and shrubs also make beautiful windbreaks and shelters.

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Hardscape features. Fireplaces and/or fire pits are one of the most desired hardscape features because they provide warmth and ambiance year-round. We recommend installing one under a protective roof and another on the outskirts of your garden, so you have plenty of options. Lighting is also a priority for both safety and ambiance. During the fall and winter, exterior lighting makes outdoor rooms more user-friendly, while highlighting interesting landscape features. Installing infrared heaters also adds warmth away from your fireplace.

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Landscaping for interest. It’s important to design a landscape that will provide interest year-round. This can be done by infusing your patio with colorful perennials and annuals. Plants like Berry Magic Holly look beautiful throughout winter, and you can also decorate container gardens during the bleakest months.

Traditional Patio by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

Design by Lifescape Colorado

Comfortable furniture. Perhaps one of the most telling signs of whether or not an outdoor room will be used year-round is the outdoor furniture. Select comfortable furnishings that invite guests and family members to stay and relax a while. During the fall and winter, deeper cushions and a supply of throw blankets will help keep you warm.

Are you ready to implement these design ideas to an outdoor room with year-round appeal? Contact us online or give us a call 303.831.8310. Lifescape Colorado looks forward to designing and building beautiful outdoor spaces that are livable during all four seasons.

Making Beautiful Use of Your Side Yard

Is your side yard being put to use? Too often this space is neglected, but with a custom design that creatively uses space, that patch of land can be transformed into a beautiful and functional part of your Colorado landscape.

Add an arbor or gate. 

An arbor can act as an entranceway, attractively setting off the side yard from other yard areas. If the side of your yard is open to a busy street, a decorative gate can provide the privacy you need while adding to the aesthetics of your landscape.

Decorate it with permeable pavers and planters. 

Decorative pavers placed in interesting patterns can bring a whimsical or charming element to a boring side yard paths. Colored gravel is another great option for adding personality to this space.
Decorative urns used as planters or even fountains can dress up the side yard while also having the convenience of mobility. Urns can be moved if you want to change it up or if you need to open up the space.

Water Features

The sound of running water is always pleasantly serene. Adding a fountain to the side yard is a wonderful way to engage the senses and bring life to this space. If it the fountain can be seen through a window, it can be enjoyed while indoors, too.

Green it up. 

Plants add vibrant beauty while also adding privacy if it’s needed. Vertical planting on walls or fences can make the most of even narrow spaces. An overhead trellis covered with vines can create a romantic walkway that is protected from the elements. It can run the length of the side yard, or it can be implemented only over a sitting area.

Create a Cozy Dining Niche. 

A small table and a couple of chairs can instantly turn this space into usable outdoor living area. Hardscape features, such as pavers or crushed stone, can be added with the help of a professional landscaper to provide added stability for furniture. Surround the area with lush greenery and it becomes a quiet haven for enjoying your morning coffee or having an intimate lunch with a friend.

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Transforming your side yard can be a breeze when you have the help of a landscape design expert. Contact Lifescape today to learn more about our outdoor living design and hardscaping services.

5 Fantastic Built-ins for Luxury Outdoor Living

An outdoor living space can become a beautiful extension of your Colorado home. When planning an outdoor living space, consider incorporating built-in features, which offer space-efficient function and long lasting beauty and durability against the elements.

Built-in Seating

Not only does built-in seating free up space but it is also more durable than most outdoor furniture and is incredibly versatile. Plus, seat cushions can be switched out each season for a whole new look. Don’t forget to add colorful pillows and few throws for cool evenings.

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Source: Boxhill Design via Houzz

Built-in Outdoor Pizza Oven or Smoker

With a built-in outdoor pizza oven, you can make delicious, European-style pizza in your own backyard. Or, with a smoker, you can take grilling out to the next level with mouthwatering smoked flavor. No matter what your aesthetic, the design can be customized to match anything from European to Southwestern.

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Built-in Outdoor Fireplace

A built-in outdoor fireplace adds comfort and ambiance to spaces for enjoyable outdoor living year-round. Double-sided fireplaces allow for even more access to warmth and beautiful flickering flames. Fireplaces can be complemented with built-in log storage to protect logs from getting wet while keeping them in convenient reach.

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Built-in Outdoor Bar

A built-in outdoor bar provides a wonderful space for mixing up cocktails or hosting a buffet-style dinner. These bars can especially come in handy when entertaining, from formal outdoor parties to casual impromptu gatherings with friends. And with weatherproof materials, outdoor built-in bars are easy to clean and maintain.

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Built-in Storage

Built-in storage can be used for recreation equipment, cushions, pillows, swimming pool inflatables, or other outdoor living or entertaining essentials. Plus, well-designed storage can easily double as built-in seating, making it an especially great use of space.

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Built-in Games

Built-in games can incorporate your favorite recreational activities directly into your outdoor living design. Colored tiles can be used to make oversized checkerboards or chessboards, for example. Other options include putting greens and or bocce courts. With these built-in designs, fun is always right outside your door.

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Let the landscaping and hardscaping experts at Lifescape help you create a custom outdoor living design for your Colorado home.

Unique Outdoor Seating Ideas

Take the opportunity to add unique style to your Denver outdoor living area with seating that’s not only comfortable but aesthetically intriguing. Here are some of our favorite ideas for unique outdoor seating.

A cool bench and table combo – Perfect for casual meals with friends and family, this seating option offers a flexible eclectic style that can be customized to match your space.

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A rockin’ built-in bench – We love this idea for Denver landscapes. Natural stone seating blends in beautifully with hardscaping and foliage for a truly organic look.


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Stylish & whimsical outdoor swings – These nest-like swings bring out your inner-child while offering chic style.

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Waterside fire pit nook – This fire pit nook with built-in seating and surrounded by water allows you to truly bask in nature’s elements creating a gorgeous space for intimate evening gatherings.

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Source: Pekarek Crandell Architects via Houzz

Underwater seating – Add a resort-like element to your pool with built-in underwater stools. For added luxury and entertaining opportunities, complement them with a built-in table and fire vessel.

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Source: Rosebrook Pools, Inc. via Houzz

Tree of seating – Circular seating provides the most seating in the smallest amount of space, and encircling a tree adds a fun natural element to the design.

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Curved deck that doubles as seating – Add a few outdoor pillows and a modern deck design that is curved just right can turn into unique, casual seating.

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Source: Contemporary Patio via Houzz

Colorful seating – Create a fun and playful ambiance by using brightly colored cushions and pillows. Mix and match colors and patterns to your creative heart’s content.

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Source: Harold Leidner Landscape Architects via Houzz


Let the landscapers at Lifescape help you achieve your dream outdoor living space. Contact us today at (303) 831-8310.

One of a Kind Outdoor Room Designs

A custom-designed outdoor room that reflects your favorite places and passions can taking outdoor living to the next level. Here are some inspiring examples of areas creatively manifested into gorgeous garden spaces, special purpose rooms and exotic escapes.

Foodie: An edible container or raised bed garden, an alfresco dining area and (if you want to go all out) an outdoor kitchen can create an outdoor room that supports a fantastic foodie lifestyle.

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Sports Fan: An outdoor room can be designed for primed sports watching to support your favorite Colorado sports teams.

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Movie Buff: Drive-ins may be a thing of the past, but you can create your own personal outdoor movie-watching space with strategic landscaping or hardscaping combined with the right furniture, projector equipment and ambiance lighting.

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Photo by Jennifer Cheung via Sunset magazine

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Zen seeker: Rock gardens, soothing water features, and spaces for meditating and taking tea can create an outdoor room that serves as a personal zen paradise.

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Malibu Maven: Sunset magazine writer Kathleen Brenzel says, “If your dream vacation is to Malibu, fake a seaside resort.” A boardwalk-inspired deck design and plenty of drought-tolerant plants can bring the beach all the way to your Colorado backyard.

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Photo by Jennifer Cheung via Sunset

Adobe Dweller: Here’s a truly unique outdoor room idea. Design a conversation pit in the style of a pueblo to provide an escape from the heat that complements drought-tolerant foliage.


Photo via HGTV


Photo via HGTV

California Dreamer: Large wine barrel containers overflowing with lavender were used to achieve this Sonoma-inspired space.

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Do any of these unique outdoor rooms pique your interest or inspire your own idea for a custom outdoor living space? Share your thoughts in a comment below.