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How to Design an Outdoor Room in your Westchester Backyard

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Seven steps for creating the ultimate outdoor retreat in your Westchester backyard

It’s suddenly Summer with temperatures hovering near triple digits even here in Westchester near the beach. Mornings and evenings are extremely pleasant still and, if you’re like me, thoughts always turn this time of year to how to turn your Westchester backyard into an oasis where the family will spend endless hours enjoying each other’s company. OK, a girl’s gotta dream….

To help make the dream become a reality this year, comes Curbed’s article on how to design outdoor rooms. Curbed interviewed outdoor room designer Alec Dakers and landscape designer Lytton Reid. The duo shared 7 tips for designing the perfect outdoor room, including:
  1. Assess existing conditions, including the broader context beyond your property lines.
  2. Determine how you want to use the space, including the emotions you hope to experience when using the space.
  3. Pencil out your zones and how they relate to each other. For example, an outdoor kitchen probably shouldn’t be too far away from your indoor kitchen for convenience.
  4. Consider whether you want private space (away from the prying eyes of neighbors), public space or a combination.
  5. Understand drainage and keeping water away from your home’s foundation. Plan for utility needs at the outset, so that work proceeds in a logical progression.
  6. Design for multiple senses. What fragrances, fountains or shrubbery do you want to include?
  7. Take style cues from your home’s exterior, as well as its interior.

Ready to turn your Westchester backyard into an outdoor oasis? See the full article on Curbed.

Bonus tip! Outdoor spaces enhance your property value. 🙂

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Tracy Thrower Conyers is a long-time resident of Westchester 90045. Tracy closely follows local politics, political players and social chatter relevant to Westchester. As a mom with a school-aged child, Tracy is keenly aware of the importance of the educational choices we make for our kids, and spends a lot of time following local schools. She's active in California's charter school movement, and pays extra attention to special needs education choices and resources. Tracy is also a founding principal in Silicon Beach Properties. Tracy is a recognized expert on Silicon Beach and its impact on residential and residential income real estate, and has been featured by respected media outlets including the LA Times, KPCC and KCET. Tracy's primary focus and expertise includes buying and selling homes and residential income properties in Venice, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey and Westchester. Find more on Tracy and Silicon Beach Properties on sb.p's website. Connect other places online with Tracy: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest.

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