When you live in a small house, it just makes sense to expand your home to the outdoors, especially when the days are long. They also make a nice companion to your favorite summer book. These inspiring outdoor nooks are great for work or play. I’ve collected a range of cozy corners from Über simple to slightly ambitious. All have DIY potential. Some are temporary and others can be left up year round. Which ones inspire you?
7 Things to consider when creating an outdoor dwelling
- Maintenance: Pick easy to clean, wipeable materials that can handle a little drizzle and dust. Canvas is a great fabric choice.
- Moisture: If you live in high-moisture areas such as the south or midwest, try to avoid furniture with particle board. It will soak up moisture, expand, and rot.
- Quality: It’s best to hunt for goods from yard sales, thrift stores, or Craigslist. Don’t put family heirlooms out that would be devastating should they be ruined.
- Winter: If you live in a place where it snows in the winter, think about how the space will "go into hibernation," so to speak. Can you disassemble it? if not, will it withstand the weight of snow pack?
- Summer UV protection: Many fabrics will fade and rot under the intensity of the sun. Choose outdoor fabrics or plan to bring in soft goods when they aren’t in use. (Even outdoor fabrics should be stored when not in use for long periods.)
- Materials: Consider visiting a camping, army surplus, or marine supply store for inspiration. These places usually stock goods intended to withstand the elements.
- Lighting: Solar lights are an easy option but should be brought in during long periods of inclement weather. You can also look for “damp” or "wet rated” fixtures that are intended for the outdoors. Use standard lights with caution. Keep them well protected from the rain. This short video shows you how to protect your plugs and extension cords. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juEmMWffRPk
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