Beyond the Walls: Outdoor Living Options for Your New Home

Outdoor Living at Brunswick Crossing

Ready to take your new home beyond the limits of your interior walls? At Brunswick Crossing, we believe outdoor living should be just as enticing and delightful as indoor living. Let's explore your new home's outdoor living possibilities, from the inviting charm of a front porch to a backyard ready for entertaining or relaxation.

The possibilities are endless when creating your perfect outdoor living space at Brunswick Crossing. From selecting the ideal home design that reflects your personal style to choosing what "zones" to feature in your outdoor space and using furniture and plants to bring your vision to life, you can rest assured that your new home at Brunswick Crossing will be a sanctuary both inside and out.

Outdoor Living Options Start with your Home Design

Whether you envision a cozy front porch where you can sip your morning coffee or a deck off your morning room, factoring in your outdoor living vision into your home design selection is the first step to making your dreams a reality.

All seven home designs available at Brunswick Crossing feature at least one elevation option with a covered front porch. So, if you have your heart set on a specific floor plan, work with your new home specialist to determine which elevation is available that best fits your style.

Check out these four home designs by our two award-winning builders to start considering what elevation and front door position you prefer:

Castlerock II by DRB Homes: Side wrap, complete and half-covered front porch options with front door centered, front load garage. View Floorplan with Elevation Options.

Cumberland II by DRB Homes: Full-covered front porch options for all elevations, front load garage. View Floorplan with Elevation Options.

Mitchell by Ryan Homes: Full or half-covered front porch options, with front door centered. View Floorplan with Elevation Options.

Robert Frost by Ryan Homes: Full or half-covered front porch options, with front door off-centered. View Floorplan with Elevation Options.

Whether you opt for a home design with a grand full front porch that welcomes guests or a more understated entrance, your front porch options at Brunswick Crossing 

Create Zones for Outdoor Living Beyond the Ordinary

At Brunswick Crossing, we encourage homeowners to envision their outdoor living areas as versatile extensions of their indoor spaces. Here's how you can expand your outdoor living zones to accommodate entertaining, relaxation, and outdoor play for kids:

1. Gathering Zone: Designate a specific area of your backyard or patio for entertaining guests and hosting gatherings. This zone can feature comfortable seating arrangements such as outdoor sofas, chairs, and dining sets.

Consider adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace as a focal point for cozy evenings and marshmallow roasting sessions. Enhance the ambiance with string lights, lanterns, and outdoor speakers to set the mood for unforgettable outdoor soirées.

2. Relaxation Zone: Create a tranquil retreat where you can unwind. Incorporate elements such as hammocks, chaise lounges, and Adirondack chairs for ultimate relaxation. Consider a container garden with lush greenery, fragrant flowers, or soothing water features. Install a pergola or canopy to provide shade and shelter from the sun, allowing you to enjoy lazy afternoons outdoors in comfort and style.

3. Outdoor Play Zone: Brunswick Crossing features many outdoor play places and parks, so your home's play area can complement the current community amenities. Consider an age-appropriate water table, sandbox, or similar sensory play area. If you have a sports star in the family, consider making an optical course for small agility drills.

By expanding your outdoor living zones to include areas for entertaining, relaxation, and outdoor play, you'll maximize your outdoor environment's potential and cater to your family's and guests' preferences.

Furniture Sets the Stage 

As exemplified in staging your zones, furniture can play a crucial role in creating the perfect outdoor living environment. Consider style and function when selecting furniture for your front porch, deck, or backyard. 

Front Porch: Opt for comfortable seating options such as rocking chairs, Adirondack chairs, or porch swings that invite relaxation and conversation. Choose durable materials that can withstand the elements while adding a touch of charm to your porch decor.

Deck: If you add a deck to your home, prioritize versatile furniture that accommodates lounging and dining. Sectional sofas, lounge chairs, and dining sets with weather-resistant cushions are ideal for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Don't forget to add umbrellas or shade sails to provide relief from the sun during hot Maryland summer days.

Backyard: When furnishing your backyard, consider the activities you'll be doing and select furniture accordingly. Create a designated dining area with a spacious table and chairs for outdoor meals and gatherings. Lounge furniture such as outdoor sofas, chaise lounges, and hammocks are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun. 

Accessorize: Enhance your outdoor living spaces with accessories that add personality and functionality. Add outdoor rugs to define seating areas and provide underfoot comfort. Incorporate throw pillows, blankets, and outdoor lighting to create a cozy ambiance and extend your outdoor enjoyment into the evening hours.

By carefully selecting furniture that complements your outdoor spaces and meets your lifestyle needs, you'll set the stage for the perfect outdoor living environment at Brunswick Crossing.

Going Green in Outdoor Living

If you've read our post about the Best Native Plants for Your New Homee's Flowerbed, you're one step ahead in making your outdoor living come to life.

Plants can transform outdoor spaces, and using pollinators and native plants is an excellent foundation for your outdoor oasis. The greenery beyond the flowerbeds should be considered, and plants in containers or pots should be incorporated as dividers and backdrops to create visual interest and further define your outdoor zones.

Dividers: Strategically placed planters can serve as natural dividers, delineating separate areas within your outdoor space. For example, large potted trees or shrubs can create a sense of privacy and separation between your front porch and the rest of your yard. Similarly, tall grasses or flowering plants in containers can be used to partition off different sections of your deck or patio, creating distinct zones for lounging, dining, and entertaining.

Backdrops: Plants in containers also make excellent backdrops for outdoor living areas, adding depth and dimension to your landscape design. Consider placing potted plants along the perimeter of your deck or patio to soften hard edges and create a lush green backdrop. Tall, leafy plants such as bamboo or palms can provide privacy and shade while adding a tropical flair to your outdoor oasis. Additionally, trailing vines or flowering plants cascading from hanging baskets can create a stunning backdrop for outdoor seating areas or outdoor kitchens.

Versatility: One of the most significant advantages of using plants in containers is their versatility. Containers come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing you to customize your outdoor space to suit your style and preferences. Mix and match different plant varieties, container styles, and placement arrangements to create a dynamic and visually appealing outdoor environment that reflects your personality.

By incorporating plants in containers as dividers and backdrops, you can elevate the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor living areas while adding privacy, texture, and greenery to your home at Brunswick Crossing.

Let's Get Started with a Model Home Tour

The possibilities for creating your perfect outdoor living space at Brunswick Crossing are endless. From selecting the right home design with your desired porch layout to creating distinct zones for entertaining, relaxation, and play, you can turn your outdoor area into additional living space.

So why wait? Start envisioning and designing your ideal outdoor living space today at Brunswick Crossing, and let your new home be a place where you can relax, entertain, and create lasting memories both inside and out.

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