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Is an Outdoor Living Pavilion Right for Your Lifestyle?

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 in Architects

Hello there! Before you dig into this fun little lifestyle quiz about outdoor living, you’ll want to know:

I am a timber enthusiast. I have helped many people brainstorm, plan, and build outdoor living structures. These structures have really made people smile for a lot of various reasons. I am also quick to be up-front and honest with clients when pursuing a certain project may not be in their best interests. From this perspective and pool of experience these questions are formulated for your use.

1) Do you live In a wet climate such as Washington or Oregon?

Easy question first! As a resident of this wet climate you understand that a roof, any roof to shed water is a precious commodity for even storage alone. How often do you see a covered area that has not collected chairs, tables and other goods?

Yes , I value and use any type of covered area around my home

No , I really don’t find extra space to use or store things to be helpful

2) Do you have a barbeque grill which gets weathered and grows green because you don’t particularly like getting drenched when you cook?

Two particular benefits come to mind about the convenience of easy year-round cooking on the grill:

1) The possibility of saving money if comfortable grilling means that you spend less money eating out.

2) The possibility of healthier eating as you control the portion size and the ingredients that you use.

Yes, I would enjoy year-round grilling and probably benefit health-wise and money-wise to some degree.

No, I am not motivated by food and would gain no benefit by having access to convenient year-round grilling.

3) Do you like to spend your free time outdoors?

Imagine the possibility to enjoy the convenience of indoor living but yet be outside. This is the concept of a three- season living room. Typically located as a hub with direct access to the kitchen, this type of living space is usually equipped with a built-in barbeque kitchen. French doors, screens, partial walls, and large overhangs are used to maximize the user benefits: easy access to sunshine on the good days, rain and wind protection when required for more comfort, and the continual exposure to fresh air… Even use during the fourth season (winter) could be enjoyable with a few more layers!

Yes, I want to spend a large percentage of my free time outside. I would like the ability to read, use my laptop, drink coffee, and other enjoyments in the great outdoors more often.

No, I find that my free time indoors is more enjoyable than outdoors. I prefer to read and pursue my interests indoors.

4) Do you have family and friends over often? As someone who entertains a lot, an outdoor living/barbeque area gives you and your guests a myriad of benefits. Along with the extra space to entertain, and the enjoyment of your outdoor setting, this is a perfect way for the man of the house to have fun and pitch in with the cooking. More and more new grilling recipes are available through barbeque/grilling websites. Who wants to cook up something delicious and eat it alone? Far more enjoyable to invite your friends over and double the pleasure!

Yes, I entertain often and an outdoor living/entertainment space would add a versatile and fun way to spend time with my family and friends.

No, I prefer to watch the forecast and plan my outdoor entertaining accordingly , so I don’t need extra space for my guests.

5) Do you have energetic children, grandchildren, or teenagers as residents or guests?

One application is to combine a multiple-use play area, lounge, and outdoor kitchen. You can set up tables and chairs to feed a crowd. You can set up a gymnasium basket ball hoop, volleyball net, lights etc. You can also have lounge chairs and tables set up for when you’ve got free time alone or with just a few friends. This layout typically requires that one wall, (usually the north wall or a wall that will block prevailing weather patterns) is dedicated to cabinets for kitchen use and table and chair storage.

Yes, I have active children around from time to time who would enjoy the opportunity to play loudly and burn off some energy without disturbing others.

No, the children in my life have little need for physical activity or simply go outside to play regardless of the weather.

6) Do you anticipate a backyard wedding, reception, or other event in the future?

This type of outdoor pavilion is very similar to the previous multi-use structure. You will want a large unobstructed space which will work well for an event when everybody present will want to see and heart he speaker/wedding/baptism etc. In my mind’s eye, I can see a beautiful timber structure, nestled into a hillside with a territorial view and southern exposure, retractable glass wall system on three sides… all opened to allow the soft, warm spring air breeze through and among the guests milling both inside and in front of the pavilion, where preparations for the event are going on in the back. Maybe some boulder retaining walls which swing out from the sides to create a bigger level area for chairs, tables, maybe a croquet or volleyball area… Oops!.. Maybe a bit carried away… this is my passion!

Yes, I expect some kind of event in the future.

No, I don’t expect any type of future event.

Your Score Card

Yes 6 times – You don’t have a moment to lose, get your plans together and break ground as soon as possible.

Yes 5 times – You still have a large hole in your life…schedule a brainstorming session for the very near future.

Yes 4 times – Time is still of the essence – associate with people who can give you ideas and help motivate you.

Yes 3 times – You want to proceed slowly, gather pictures, articles, and info. You can also ask those that know you well what they think that you would enjoy .

Yes 2 times – Carefully analyze the pay-off for you- the right setting will still give you a rewarding and enjoyable investment.

Yes 1 time – You probably don’t want to invest in outdoor living unless something changes in your life.

Yes 0 times – Don’t invest…It’s not for you.

Thank you for your interest in this article. You may want to get the sequel to this article which has to do with how to get an outdoor living pavilion which fits your lifestyle, existing home architecture, and your style tastes.

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