As we head into the extended Fourth of July weekend, we can’t help but think of all the BBQs, family reunions, pool parties, and lake house gatherings that launch the true Pacific Northwest summer season. Independence Day weekend presents an opportunity for laidback, fun-in-the-sun memories with friends and family, so we’ve gathered a few of our favorite outdoor entertaining spaces to inspire your custom house or remodel.
Inviting Auto Court
A spacious, stone-paved auto court complements the impeccable home design and answers the all-consuming guest question of “where do I park?!” Stone pillars or a wide-open gate welcome your guests to a stress-free day of celebration.
Glass walls allow the homeowner to throw open the walls and enjoy outdoor living with all the comforts of the indoors. Guests can move seamlessly from one space to the next, making entertaining and interacting more natural.
With the glory of the outdoors so close at hand, it’s disappointing to get stuck in the kitchen managing food prep. An expanded grilling area complete with countertops, cabinets, a sink, and a fridge allows the homeowners to interact with guests even as they prepare their signature dish.
One of the joys of laidback, outdoor entertaining is the opportunity to sit down to talk and laugh with friends. Outdoor furniture exists to fit any style or space–from classic Adirondack chairs to fireside couches. Outdoor fabrics also present an excellent opportunity to add a pop of color to your custom house’s exterior decor.
From the All-American hotdog to steak kebabs and corn on the cob, food is the pinnacle of so many gatherings. An outdoor dining set provides room for food and conversation and is a staple for outdoor living. Set under the shade of a covered deck or trellis, it affords an opportunity for an outdoor chandelier or a string of twinkle lights for ambiance as the sun sets.
There’s no better excuse for a summer get-together than a refreshing dip in the pool. And the swimming pool can double as an exquisite water feature with fountains and ambient lighting. Whether splashing in the pool, relaxing poolside, or gazing through a window, a pool can be both fun and elegant.
Space to Run
Not every property allows for a sprawling lawn, but when the opportunity’s available, leave space to run. Warm days are made for badminton, bean bag toss, horseshoes, and bocce ball!
As the day of outdoor entertaining draws to an end, there’s no better way to wind down than gathering around an artfully crafted fire pit. A crackling fire, a view of the water, a few too many s’mores, and excellent friends make summer’s fleeting warmth linger a little longer.
Happy Independence Day from the Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl team!