Creating a Luxurious Outdoor Living Space

For most of us here in Canada, winters can be long and harsh and those precious summer months beg us to spend as much time outside as possible. It’s not surprising that outdoor living spaces continue to be an important part of our homes. Creating an outdoor space that you love to spend time in and can enjoy for as long as possible allows us to maximize our summer enjoyment and increase the equity in our homes. Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect outdoor living space!

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Start With a Plan! Every outdoor living space, from a small balcony to a large backyard, can offer a place to sit back and relax. Ask yourself what activities you’d like to incorporate into your space and then create a plan that incorporates those functions. One big mistake homeowners make is adding a single detail – like a pool or a deck – to their yard without thinking about how it will work with future landscaping plans. Even if your budget does not allow you to overhaul your entire yard this year, start by creating a plan for what you’d like to final layout to be. You can always finish your space in stages but having a plan will ensure that you don’t have to make expensive changes later on because something doesn’t fit.

Consider Care & Maintenance! A beautiful outdoor living space that eats up all your free time to maintain over the summer defeats the purpose of having the space in the first place. There are plenty of options today for low-maintenance products, plants and materials that can be used to create a space that you can actual have time to just enjoy. Consult with a professional landscaper and fence/deck builder as you go to ensure you understand the maintenance requirements as you go. Some common outdoor living choices like hot tubs and pools come with maintenance requirements so ensure you understand the time and cost that will be involved in maintaining these features before you decide to add them into your plan.

Plan to Entertain! If you like to entertain, this will be a big consideration when planning your outdoor space. You will want to include places to sit and visit, places to prepare and serve outdoor dinners and the like. This may be as simple as a deck with a BBQ, dining set and conversation area or you may want to incorporate a full outdoor kitchen with all the conveniences of the indoors right at your finger tips.

Extend Your Season! The biggest reason our outdoor season is cut short is weather and while we can’t control the weather, we can prepare for it to ensure we can enjoy our outdoor time for longer. Things like well planned landscape lighting, a fireplace, outdoor heaters, gazebos, sunrooms and even movable walls can be incorporated into your plan, allowing you to enjoy the space on cooler evenings, on rainy days and longer into the fall season.

Plan for Future Growth! How long will you be using this space? How do you envision your lifestyle changing over those years? If you’re planning to move in the near future, you will want to focus on features that will add value to your home while avoiding high maintenance features that may make your home harder to sell later on. If you’re planning to have children or have small children who are going to become teenagers, considering their future needs and your future needs will ensure the yard is something you can still enjoy even down the road. A pool is a prime example: while an open pool may seem like a great idea now, it may be a nightmare down the road when you have little ones. Keeping this in mind, perhaps a plan that incorporates safety measures now can save you the headache of expensive changes in the future.

Get Started! Summers are never long enough so don’t lose those precious days to procrastination. If financing the updates you wish to make is the next step, consider a home equity loan which will allow you to access the funds you need to complete your updates and allow you to begin enjoying your new outdoor living space now! Talk to a Tribecca home equity specialist to find out what options are available to you today!

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Designer Space: Luxurious Custom Build

THIS BRIGHT AND SPACIOUS 5,330 SQUARE FOOT CUSTOM-BUILT HOME IS PERFECT FOR A GROWING FAMILY.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE DESIGN AND LAYOUT OF THIS HOME?

NICK DOSANJH With five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a finished basement, this 5,330 custom built South Surrey home is designed with a growing family in mind. The design has been planned to create a bright, open feeling with plenty of space for entertaining and luxurious finishes throughout. The home is currently on the market and is being sold fully furnished so you can just move in!

CHT I HEAR THIS HOME HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD?

ND Yes, we are very honored to have this home on the finalist list for a 2019 Georgie Award. Winners won’t be announced until this Spring but they had record breaking submissions this year so it’s an honor to have made the finalist list!

CHT WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ROOM IN THIS HOME?

ND If I had to pick just one, it would be the kitchen. We designed the kitchen to include a large island for entertaining and integrated high end appliances for an improved cooking experience. We included floor to ceiling cabinetry and a stunning custom range hood along with a separate Spice Kitchen!

CHT WHAT OTHER FAMILY-FRIENDLY FEATURES DOES THIS HOME OFFER?

ND The basement has been completely finished with entertaining and family time in mind. This space features a media area, a bar, a home gym and walk out access to the back yard.

The master suite is also spectacular with vaulted ceilings, a large walk in closet and an amazing ensuite. It’s the perfect getaway for mom and dad at the end of the day.

Custom Home Built By DVL Homes, www.dvlhomes.com

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The most luxurious first-class cabins

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Flying first-class is something that many of us can only dream of being able to afford. An incredibly expensive way to travel, it is also the most comfortable and offers plenty of added benefits to compensate for remortgaging your home to afford traveling in style. Many of us will never be able to go first-class, so we’re bringing first class to everybody. Here are the most luxurious first-class cabins.

First-class suite – Emirates

You want to travel in first-class, but you don’t want to have to spend time in the presence of others, even if they too are flying first class. Emirates Airlines offers its customers the chance to fly in their own private suites, giving passengers their very own high tech living space for the duration of their flight. They have mood lighting inside and offer camera projections of the outside, meaning you’ll always have a window seat to look out of. Your leather seat will fully recline to become a comfy bed, even offering customers the chance to place their bed in a zero-gravity position, increasing the feeling of relaxation and weightlessness. There are showers on board, and the food on offer is five-star quality, as are the beauty and grooming products.

La Première suites – Air France

For many people, France offers a chic style that not many other countries can replicate, so it makes sense that Air France offers their own stylish take on the first-class flying experience. Passengers using La Première suites can expect their cabin to be furnished in luxurious wood, metal, and leather as well as some of the best food available on any flight in the world. Passengers flying first-class with Air France can enjoy the finest menu designed by some of France’s best Michelin Star-winning chefs. Your seat can convert to a bed, and you won’t have to worry about privacy as there are curtains you can draw closed to make sure your space is your own.

The Residence – Etihad

Normally if you are going fly first class, you can expect plenty of leg room, top service from the air hostesses and a selection of the finest meals to get you through your journey. Etihad decided to offer their first-class customers a little extra, actually, a lot extra. Called “The Residence,” passengers using this service can expect to have use of their very own, private multi-room cabin. First off, you get your own personal butler to assist you in everything that you do, then you can feel free to roam around your own private living quarters for the rest of your flight. You’ll get a lounge of your own, complete with big TV, a double bedroom and a separate shower room to keep you feeling fresh. You’ll be living in such luxury that you’ll be sad when your flight ends and you have to go back to normal life.

Flying first-class is a luxury few people can afford, that is what makes it so extra special to those who can travel that way. Each airline will try to provide the best service possible to their customers, to make sure they keep coming back to them each time they fly. These first-class cabins are our pick for the most luxurious on offer and the reason why we’ll be asking for a free upgrade the next time we are traveling on their airline.

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