How to Design an Outdoor Entertaining ‎Area

As a landscape designer creating a place for householders to entertain, an outdoor entertainment area is a must-have in your landscape design plans. As a designer, you can create a functional ‎and inviting space for your clients to enjoy. But designing an outdoor entertainment area ‎requires careful planning and consideration. Here are some tips and ideas to help you design the ‎perfect landscape for outdoor entertaining. Let’s see How to design an outdoor entertaining area in your landscaping project.

1. Start by Designating Where to Put Your Entertainment Area

The first step in designing an outdoor entertainment area is to determine where it should be ‎located. Of course, coordinate with the homeowner the area they would like, but make sure to ‎choose a spot that’s easily accessible and has enough space to accommodate people ‎comfortably. Consider factors like sun exposure, privacy, and views when selecting your ‎location.

Once you’ve identified the preferred location, mark it on the draft you are creating. Then you ‎can begin planning the layout of the stage and seating area. This will help determine the best ‎size and shape for the entertainment area.

2. Build the Stage

The next job as a landscape designer would be to build a stage for the outdoor entertainment area, ‎which is essential. There will be many uses for the stage, such as live music, speeches, or ‎performances. A stage can also provide a focal point for the outdoor entertainment area and create a sense of excitement and anticipation.

When building the stage, make sure to coat it with a slip-resistant material. This will prevent the clients and their guests from slipping and falling. You can use materials like textured ‎concrete or outdoor carpeting to create a non-slip surface.

3. Plan the Seating Structure

The seating structure near the stage should be comfortable and functional. You’ll want to ‎choose a seating arrangement that maximizes the use of space while still providing ample ‎seating for the guests.

Consider the dimensions of the area when planning the seating structure. You don’t want to ‎overcrowd any guests, but you also don’t want to leave too much open space. ‎Use comfortable outdoor furniture like benches, stools, or loungers to create a relaxed ‎atmosphere.

A seating area designed with Lands Design in Rhino. The shade structure is modeled with Rhino.

4. Install Electric Components

Electrical components are an essential part of any outdoor entertainment area. You’ll need to map ‎out wiring for lighting, sound systems, and any other electrical appliances you plan to use.

When installing electrical components, make sure to use waterproof and weather-resistant ‎materials. You don’t want to risk damage or a fire from exposed wires. You can also use solar-‎powered lighting to save energy and create a unique ambiance.

5. Apply Land Design for design stage

Lands Design has actually come up with a 3D landscaping technology that allows the user to ‎see a sample layout of what an entertainment stage or any area can look like from all angles. Not only could this save people time and money, but it could also help with the layouts of ‎larger scale residential project ideas.

Land Design is a time-saving tool that helps you create a 3D model of the project and create all the ‎documentation. Land Design includes landscaping elements such as trees, shrubs, and flowers. ‎You can use its vegetation tools to create a natural barrier or create a focal point for your ‎outdoor entertainment area. In addition, you can even use a rendering tool to achieve ‎photorealism.

6. Add Water Features

Water features like fountains or small ponds can add a calming ambiance to your outdoor ‎entertainment area. The sound of water can create a relaxing environment for your clients, and a ‎pond can provide a unique backdrop for your stage or seating area.

When adding water features, make sure to choose a size and shape that fits with the overall ‎design of your outdoor entertainment area. You’ll also need to consider maintenance and ‎cleaning when choosing your water feature.

A water feature with aquatic plants, designed and modeled with Lands Design in Rhino. Rendering with Enscape. See the project here.

7. Incorporate Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor cooking is a great way to entertain the guests while enjoying the great outdoors. You ‎can add a barbecue grill, outdoor kitchen, or pizza oven to your landscape design to create a ‎functional cooking area. You can also choose to host your outdoor cooking area indoors if you ‎don’t want it to interfere with other areas in your project.

8. Finalize Your Plans with Written Documents and Some Perspectives

Once you’ve completed your plans for your outdoor entertainment area, it’s essential to finalize them with written documents and some perspectives. This will help you communicate your vision to your ‎contractor and ensure that everything is done to your specifications.

As a landscape designer, your written documentation should include detailed plans for the stage, seating area, electrical components, and any other landscaping or decorative elements you plan to ‎use. You should also include some sketches that shows the layout and design of your outdoor ‎entertainment area.

Designing a landscape for outdoor entertaining requires careful planning and consideration. By following these tips and ideas, you can create a functional and inviting space for your clients to enjoy. Remember to start by deciding where you want to put your entertainment area, building the stage, planning the seating structure, installing electrical components. You can consider Lands Design for all design steps. ‎Finally, finalize your plans with written documents and a sketch to ensure that your contractor ‎understands your vision. With a well-designed landscape, your outdoor entertainment area can ‎be the perfect place for your guests to gather.

The planting plan of a project with exactly indicated the coordinates of plant species. Designed with Lands Design. See the project.

Written by Taylor McKnight, Author for Strobels Supply