10 Innovative Ideas for Remodeling Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Who says the outdoors can’t be stylish? We tend to treat these spaces as just useful backyards. But with a few easy upgrades, outdoor living spaces can become an attractive outdoor living area that fits right in with the rest of your home. We’ll walk you through innovative design ideas for your outdoor living spaces. Nothing too over-the-top, just simple, achievable ways to give your outdoors an aesthetic makeover. By the end, you’ll have an organized, put-together outdoor space you’ll actually want to keep the doors open and enjoy. Let’s get that outdoors into shape!

Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura Counties with reliable kitchen contractors, we speak to homeowners every day about remodeling outdoor living spaces – read on to learn more.

10 Tips to Remodel Outdoor Living Spaces While Keeping It Stylish

Your outdoor living spaces can be so much more than just a place to park cars and walkways. With some imagination and the right renovations, it can become a stylish extension of your home’s living spaces. Follow these tips to maximize your backyard potential while maintaining an attractive living space aesthetic: 

outdoor living space deck/patio

1. Deck or Patio

Start by adding a deck or patio right outside your doors. A deck is an elevated wooden platform that gives you more space for outdoor living. A patio is a flat, paved area on the ground, perhaps using concrete, brick, or stone. Either creates a nice, defined zone for outdoor furniture and activities. You can further enhance these spaces with potted plants, an outdoor rug, or a pergola covering for shade. Consider built-in seating or planter boxes along the perimeter. Lighting can be used after sunset.

outdoor living space porch

2. Porch or Sunroom

Extend your living area with a porch or sunroom. A porch has a room but remains open-air on the sides. It provides shades while still allowing breezes through. A sunroom is enclosed with glass walls and windows to bring in light while controlling the interior temperature. Comfy furniture and fans can make these areas quite inviting. Add a porch swing or weather-resistant curtains in the sunroom for extra coziness.

3. Pool House

If you have a swimming pool, a pool house makes it much more convenient. This separate structure near the pool can include a bathroom, changing rooms, seating area, and storage for pool supplies. You might also install a small kitchenette or an outdoor shower for rinsing. Some pool houses even have accessories like a wet bar or TV lounge area to make it a complete outdoor living space. 

outdoor living space outdoor kitchen

4. Outdoor Kitchen

Take your outdoor cooking game to the next level with an outdoor kitchen. At a minimum, you’ll want a high-quality grill. But you can also add countertop spaces, an outdoor refrigerator, a sink, and cabinetry to have a full kitchen setup outside. An overhead fan and patio heaters extend the usage season. You can incorporate fun accessories like a brick pizza oven, beverage cooler, or garnish planters, too.

outdoor living space firepit

5. Fire Pit

Add a fire pit area using durable materials like brick or stone to safely contain the fire. You can arrange seating around it to enjoy the warmth and ambiance in the evenings. A gas starter makes it easy to light. For extra flair, consider decorative glass chips or masonry designs built right into the fire pit. It creates a glowing focal point in your outdoor room.

6. Gardens

Incorporate lush gardens by planting flower beds, trees, landscaped shrubbery, and even vegetable patches if desired. This greenery enhances the natural feel of your outdoor space. Low-voltage lighting along paths can make gardens inviting at night too. You can create distinct garden “rooms” using hedges, arbors, or sculptural elements as dividers.

outdoor living space lighting7. Outdoor Lighting

Proper lighting allows you to comfortably use your outdoor living room once the sun goes down. String lights, lanterns, and solar path lighting can provide both illumination and atmosphere. Smart systems let you control lighting remotely. Up-lighting trees or architectural features adds drama. Dimmers enable setting different mood lighting scenes.

8. Bold Colors

Refresh outdoor furniture and fabrics with bold, saturated colors like bright yellows, oranges, or turquoise instead of muted tones. It adds a fun, lively pop. Using weather-resistant cushions and pillows ensures longevity. You can repeat the vibrant hues across umbrellas, outdoor rugs, planters, and decorative accents for a cohesive look.

outdoor living space retractable glass wall

9. Retractable Walls

Consider installing large retractable glass walls or garage door systems that can open to unite your indoor and outdoor living spaces when desired. These garage doors made of glass panels allow you to seamlessly blend the two areas. When raised, the garage door walls create an open-air transition between inside and out. It blurs the line between interior and exterior spaces seamlessly. Motorized systems make it effortless to operate.

outdoor living space central hangout

10. Central Hangout

When planning furniture layouts, designate one area as the main gathering space or hangout spot. This could be arranged seating around a fire pit or an outdoor kitchen with bar seating. It helps encourage socializing. Add games like corn hole for entertainment. You may want to define this space with an overhead pergola or use landscaping borders to distinguish it from other areas. A unique water feature can also become the central focal point.


In reimagining your outdoor living spaces, remember that style and functionality can beautifully coexist.

With the simple yet transformative tips outlined above, you can elevate your backyard into a stylish, cohesive extension of your indoor living areas. By incorporating elements like a deck, sunroom, or an outdoor kitchen, and playing with bold colors and smart lighting, your outdoor area can become a vibrant hub for relaxation and social gatherings.

Let GreatBuildz guide you in connecting with expert contractors who can help turn these ideas into reality, ensuring your outdoor space is not just functional but truly inspirational. Step outside and embrace the potential of your home’s exterior with confidence and style.

When it comes to remodeling your outdoor living space, you shouldn’t have to go it alone – GreatBuildz can help simplify your contractor search. GreatBuildz is a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura Counties with reliable, thoroughly screened general contractors and provides project support from start to finish.


Call us at 818.317.3567 to get realistic, local price estimates for your outdoor living spaces renovation or any other kind of home remodeling project.

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