Tips on Building an Outdoor Living Space

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Since building an outdoor living space is not a do-it-yourself project, consulting with the experts is the first step to achieving professional results in your outdoor space. Most importantly, building and designing an outdoor living area or kitchen involves many factors that need to be carefully considered to maximize your investment in your outdoor living space. Read on to discover benefits and tips for building your dream outdoor living space with Trex® Outdoor Kitchens™.

Benefits of an Outdoor Living Space

An outdoor living space provides many benefits that range from social to financial. While an outdoor living space can include an abundance of features, your outdoor space is not complete without an outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen increases the resale value of your home by a significant amount, so including one in your space is an investment in the value of your home. An outdoor living area with an outdoor kitchen also adds convenience, as you can enjoy the benefits of an indoor kitchen and indoor living area in the outdoors. You can cook meals, serve drinks, and entertain with the bonus of being outside in the fresh air. If you have a pool, building your outdoor kitchen adjacent to it means you can host the ultimate pool parties in your backyard. You can also incorporate outdoor seating, an outdoor fireplace, and other outdoor-rated accessories for a complete outdoor living experience.

Considerations for Building an Outdoor Living Space

To maximize the benefits of your outdoor living area, you will want to consider the factors involved in designing and building your space. These factors include choosing durable outdoor kitchen materials, a functional layout, practical appliances and amenities, and attractive colors and accessories.


Building your dream outdoor living space starts with choosing materials. With many options to consider, you will want to determine the most durable material for your outdoor space. Choosing a material when building outdoor kitchen cabinets is particularly important. While you can choose a material like wood or plastic, you can expect to be replacing damaged components over the life of your outdoor kitchen. However, choosing stainless steel for your outdoor kitchen cabinets will ensure that your outdoor kitchen lasts through the seasons with minimal maintenance. Trex Outdoor Kitchens manufactures outdoor kitchen cabinets using 304 or 316 grade stainless steel, which are both highly durable and long lasting in outdoor environments.


Your layout for your outdoor living space should incorporate your outdoor kitchen, along with other features and amenities like chairs for outdoor seating or an outdoor fireplace. Determining the most functional outdoor kitchen layout depends on the size of your space along with your needs and goals. Small spaces are certainly more limited with outdoor living design options, as straight runs of cabinets or small L shaped layouts are the most common. In larger spaces, other layout shapes are more suitable, such as U and G shaped layouts. Since Trex Outdoor Kitchens manufactures outdoor cabinets in hundreds of sizes, they are engineered to suit any space and layout. 

Appliances and Features

Consider which appliances and features you will need and the appropriate sizes for your outdoor cooking and entertaining requirements. These considerations will help to make sure that your outdoor kitchen is as functional as possible and includes everything you need for your dream outdoor living space. Trex Outdoor Kitchens manufactures appliance cabinets that can house virtually every outdoor appliance on the market, which means that you can incorporate any appliance into your outdoor kitchen design. Also consider additional features that you want to incorporate, such as an outdoor fireplace or outdoor seating area. Depending on the goals for your outdoor area, you can include formal or casual seating (or both!). For the ultimate in entertaining, include an island for additional workspace, storage, and bar seating.

Colors and Accessories

You can use your outdoor kitchen as the focal point for your outdoor living space by deciding on a powder coat finish color that reflects the style that you want for your space. The powder coat selections from Trex Outdoor Kitchens include neutrals, bright colors, textures, metallics, and realistic wood grain finishes. This range of colors is the ultimate tool for creating the perfect outdoor living space. You can also include outdoor-rated accessories to further complement your aesthetic, such as lighting, comfortable seating, pillows, and outdoor area rugs. Consider how each outdoor accessory is an opportunity to enhance your cozy outdoor living space.

Building an outdoor living space requires many considerations and an understanding of your goals for your space. The benefits of an outdoor living space are plenty, while choosing durable materials and a functional layout will ensure that you get value out of your investment. By incorporating appliances, features, colors, and accessories, you can easily create the perfect outdoor living space of your dreams. For more information on designing an outdoor living space, consult the experts at Trex Outdoor Kitchens today!

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