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Outdoor Living Designs

Outdoor living designs by Exterior Worlds compliment the indoor realm of luxury living with and outdoor luxury landscape that creates special spaces of social opportunity and natural wonder. Conversation and relaxation are always to be found somewhere in an Exterior Worlds master landscape plan. Ease of mobility is established in transition areas such as stairways and garden paths that allow people to move freely from point to point.

A sense of ambience and escape pervades the landscape that speaks of better things than the confines of the four walls of any room. Special activities such as cooking and dining can also be integrated into residential landscape design so that creature comforts and amenities transform the outdoors into an arena of refined Houston outdoor living.

The forms of outdoor living designs consequently differ significantly from the forms of interior architecture and decorating. To begin with, they are much more organic in terms of sense. Even when we develop a contemporary landscape design where vegetation is minimized, Nature is never completely overwhelmed—it is only minimized and contained within defined geometric parameters. Living presence is always part of any modern landscape design.

Other, more traditional landscape aesthetics rely even more upon the life force of vegetation to create their charm and effect upon the mind. The green elements of French, Italian, English, and Mediterranean gardens lend vitality and dynamic growth to the intermingled lawn and hardscape patterns that constitute the framework of professional landscape architecture.


Outdoor living designs are also more open than indoor equivalents and provide the viewer with a great deal more visibility and variety of forms for the eye to take in. There are always fantastic views of the sky, and divergent and varying elements populating various centers of activity and focal points of interest. . Even from the enclosure of an outdoor room, one still has a great deal more to view than would be the case inside a home.

This is because outdoor rooms normally are typically constructed with at least one wall open to the rest of the landscape. Some, in fact, do not even have walls as we would normally conceptualize them. Walls in outdoor rooms may be nothing more than a few rows of boxwoods or planters with perennial flowers. Such outdoor structures aim to create geometric localization as opposed to complete enclosure the way indoor rooms tend to do.

Outdoor living designs must always be interesting, so any potential areas of monotony must be diversified in order to maintain emotional engagement. We avoid creating too much of any one thing in a particular spot. We prefer to intermingle hardscape and softscape so that the boundaries between organic and inorganic elements fuse together. Patios are constructed near gardens; outdoor buildings are built beneath the trees. Courtyards are built as physical elements of entry gardens, and ornaments like statues and fountains are placed along transit areas as focal points of beauty and interest.

Comfort is always something of a relative term when it comes to outdoor living designs. The biggest challenge offered by the Houston landscape is that of heat. The place just scorches us for much of the year. Nevertheless, there are a number of ways that landscape design professionals can compensate for this. Waterfalls and water jets can be built into pools. Ceiling fans can be placed in arbors. AC systems can be built into more sophisticated outdoor buildings. Outdoor fireplaces can be constructed that generate heat during the colder months of winter.

Fine furniture can be place in any outdoor room or patio, and transit areas can be mapped out to link pools to gardens, patios to courtyards, ponds to decks. Forms can be made to embody the essence of activities. In this way, everything in outdoor living design ultimately becomes and outdoor expression of lifestyle, personal values, and individual point of view.