Understanding the basics: Outdoor entertaining spaces

by Mina Kuper 11/27/2022

patio with wicker furniture

Outdoor entertaining spaces are perfect for hosting gatherings while enjoying fresh air and natural ambiance. Whether you have a deck, patio, porch or other type of outdoor space, you have an excellent opportunity for outdoor living. 

To help you learn more about the different types of outdoor spaces, here are some basics:

What are outdoor living spaces called?

There are many types of outdoor spaces included in residential homes. The main terms you’ll encounter include:

  • Patio.
  • Porch.
  • Balcony.
  • Veranda.
  • Patio.
  • Deck.

All these different spaces have advantages and disadvantages, including style and building material choices. 

Which outdoor entertaining space is right for me?

It might seem tricky to decide which type of outdoor area works best for you and your home. Some key things to consider when making your decision are:

  • Cost of labor & materials.
  • Ongoing maintenance needs.
  • Entertaining goals.

With the right decor, any outdoor space can serve as an excellent venue for entertaining guests. The choice depends on your budget and personal preferences.

How to build an entertaining space

No matter the amount of space you have in your backyard, you can set up an outdoor entertaining area by focusing on three basic elements: shade, seating and lighting.

Shade will help provide relief from harsh sun and hot temperatures, keeping you and your guests cool and comfortable. Seating is also crucial for entertaining outdoors, so make sure your guests have a comfy place to relax and enjoy. Lighting can come in several forms, including an outdoor fireplace or simple string lights.

How to create an outdoor space on a budget

You don’t need to break the bank to set up an outstanding outdoor environment at home. Some great budget-friendly outdoor upgrade tips include:

  • Build custom DIY outdoor furniture like lounge chairs from wooden pallets.
  • Set up an outdoor fire pit using regular concrete bricks.
  • Include soft decorative touches like throw pillows and an area rug to make the space extra inviting.
About the Author
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Mina Kuper

Growing up in New York Mina Kuper had dreams of owning real estate, but never thought she might actually become a respected leader in the real estate industry someday. You cannot always predict where or when you will discover what you are meant to do in life!  

Mina was taught at an early age that if you want something in life, you have to work for it. Her parents came from Eastern Europe and had to learn how to excel to help others. She followed their example, making a point of working hard at everything she did.   

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As her career advanced, Mina found her stride working with multiunit, commercial,1031 exchange, and single-family properties, divorcing couples, trusts, and probate real estate – In addition, she has earned a Certification in Trust and Probate Real Estate and completed speaking engagements on Negotiation at area law schools. Her expertise in all these areas has not only set her apart from other agents but has also proven to be a real benefit for her clients. Mina donates a portion of her proceeds to animals and children causes. They don’t have a voice but she does. 

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