6 tips to design your dream outdoor entertainment space

6 tips to design your dream outdoor entertainment space

When winter gives way to spring, its time to get prepared to host parties and entertain friends and family. You can easily create your dream entertainment space using pavers. Whether your lot is large or small, there is always room for entertaining.

Here are six tips for designing the perfect party space.

1. Select your location.

Evaluate your home’s lot and determine where your party space should be. If you have a small area, pavers can still be used to create a great entertaining zone. Even a narrow strip on the side of your house can be walled in for privacy and become a mini retreat. 

Those with sloped backyards can carve out a series of patios that are made of pavers and connected by paver steps. You can have one patio for grilling, another for lounging and even one for dancing under the stars. 

Those with large, flat back yards may want to consider creating separate entertaining spaces that are connected by paver walkways.

2. Build an outdoor kitchen.

No entertaining space is complete without easy access to food and drinks. Your outdoor kitchen should be built close to your existing house to make it easier for wiring electricity and plumbing to that location. 

Your kitchen should include all of the modern amenities like a sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and electricity for the margarita machine! It should also include a built in grill and extras like a pizza oven. If you want to watch the game outdoors, you can have a patio cover built and mount a big screen.

3. Design a comfortable living space. 

Your outdoor living room should be as comfortable as the one indoors. Install patio pavers as the surface for your space and have them arranged in an interesting pattern. You can then build half walls around the space to create a sense of purpose or privacy. 

A paver fire pit is an excellent addition to your outdoor living space. It will add warmth in the spring and fall while casting a romantic glow on the festivities. Have it built with a large ledge for seating or to place your wine glass or snack plate. 

4. Sound system.

Have a sound system wired outside so that your guests can listen to music, dance and have the perfect atmosphere set for all of your parties.

5. Lighting.

It is extremely important that your party space is well lit. Guests need to be able to see where they are going and whom they are speaking with regardless of the time of day. Extend your party well into the evening by having lighting installed strategically throughout your space.

6. Privacy walls.

If you are concerned about privacy or have neighbors peering into your backyard, you may want to have a privacy wall created out of paving stones. These walls can look romantic like an Old English garden or Spanish style courtyard. Privacy has never looked so beautiful.

Paving stones are extremely diverse, durable and beautiful. They can transform your outdoor spaces and give you the entertaining areas you have dreamed of. 

About this Angie’s List Expert: Bethany Wood represents Go Pavers, a family owned and operated paving contractor, providing services in Los Angeles. Since 1991, Go Pavers has specialized in residential stone work and design and installation of paving stones. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @GoPavers and Google Plus.

As of March 26, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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