5 Outdoor Spaces You Want to Include on Your New Custom Home

Published November 20, 2017.
Est. Reading: 2 minutes

If you are thinking about your custom dream home or a renovation to your existing home, outdoor living spaces can be an essential part of your custom home design. Considering adding outdoor areas to your design may be beneficial for your property's value, as you are adding square footage, and it may present advantages for you and your family. Depending on your selection of outdoor spaces, you can extend your main living area and provide areas for you and your family to enjoy social activities according to your lifestyle. At Sunset Homes, Calgary’s bespoke home builder, we have prepared a list of the most popular outdoor spaces among our homeowners.

Deck or Patio

The patio is one of the favorite outdoor additions to a custom build. Patios are an excellent choice for entertaining spaces during spring and summer. They can be covered or uncovered, and they are usually decorated with plants or outdoor furniture. The preferred materials for patios are gravel, stone, and concrete, and they are typically matched with a garden as well. The main difference between a patio and a deck is that the deck is a flat platform usually made of lumber and it might not be at ground level. Both options make the perfect place for barbecuing, outdoor dining, garden boxes, or hot tubing.


Porches are an attractive outdoor space option for a traditional home and are usually placed at the entrance of a home. Porches can be both open structures or interior extensions. Meaning that you can add an uncovered or a covered porch to your home. Each option will depend on your home's design. Their main difference is that an uncovered porch does not have a roof and can give your home a sense of length. Adding a porch to your custom home can make a lovely space to relax or have a coffee with friends and neighbors.

Balconies and Verandas

Depending on your custom home style, you may choose to add a balcony or veranda. A balcony is enclosed to the wall and is usually located above the first storey. It provides a beautiful view, and although it might not be a place for entertainment, a balcony makes an excellent reading spot for your custom home. Balconies can match both the traditional and modern styles depending on the material selection. On the other hand, a veranda extends on the ground floor level, and it usually has a roof. Verandas can be considered the balconies of the main floor, and they can have a railing fence. Check out more information about outdoor spaces for your custom home here.

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Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)

There are many possibilities of outdoor spaces to consider for your custom home design such as patios, verandas, porches, decks, and balconies. Ask your Calgary custom home builder for guidance for choosing the possibility that matches your home style best.

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