Elemental Aspects of Florida Outdoor Living

If you have decided to build your custom home on the Gulf Coast of Florida, you are likely captivated by two things—abundant sunshine and crystal clear water. Our beautiful weather, balmy "winters," and water culture create an exceptional lifestyle that you can enjoy every day of the year. When building your luxury home, outdoor spaces deserve as much attention as indoor design—after all, Floridians love to be outdoors. This article discusses the essential elements of the best outdoor living styles and trends. How will you incorporate water and sun into your custom home design?

Key Takeaway: Outdoor living spaces are integral to the Florida experience, making backyard style and landscaping vital to new home design.  

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Go Elemental With Water and Fire

There are proven emotional and psychological benefits to seeing and hearing water. Whether visual or auditory, water enhances your sense of well-being, elevates positive social interactions, and alleviates depression. Water makes people feel relaxed and happy, which is precisely how you should feel when relaxing at home.

Homeowners can incorporate water into backyard design in diverse ways. We mimic nature and maximize water's calming effects by immersing ourselves in the sights and sounds of waterfalls, pools, birdbaths, fountains, and water walls. Water sounds dissolve the stress of life and provide an oasis from the world's chaos.

In a recent article, we discussed some of our favorite backyard water features. Click here to read more.


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Just like water, fire is an essential life element. The two existing in the same space can bring unparalleled solace to our souls. Consider sitting around a crackling campfire on the banks of a lake, and you'll understand the vibe. Beautiful backyard designs often combine these elements to create sophisticated and elegant settings.

Adding an artistically designed firepit or stone fireplace next to a waterfall or softly illuminated swimming pool creates the allure that only fire and water can deliver.

Connected Style, Compartmental Design

A large backyard can feel overwhelming, but compartmentalizing the space can help to create a unique (even magical) outdoor setting. Consider designing small gardens, cozy seating areas shaded by pergolas, a reflection pond, or a gazebo strung with Edison lights. Connect the individual enclaves with a winding paver walkway lined with shepherd's hooks and flowers. Integrating different seating and gathering areas adds versatility to the space - especially if you remember to weave your fire and water elements throughout.


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Food Nourishes More than the Body

No outdoor living space is truly complete without an amazing outdoor kitchen. Whether grilling steaks or cooking a gourmet feast, homeowners can enjoy the outdoors with their family and friends. A fully stocked drink refrigerator or wine cooler lets everyone stay cool and hydrated. Install a swim-up bar in a poolside grotto if you feel exotic and want to infuse a genuine vacation vibe.

Backyard Designs for Every Purpose

Whether you want to get away from it all or bring people together - these outdoor living essentials can be used in myriad ways.

Ideal outdoor living looks different to every homeowner. Whether you are looking to create a solitary haven or an entertainment mecca, the team at Bruce Williams Homes has the inspiration you need. We understand that your home is your castle, but a Florida lifestyle doesn't end at the windows and doors. It incorporates the beauty and natural abundance of our area and optimizes Florida's gorgeous water and sunshine.

Call today to learn more about building your luxury Manatee County home. With 50 years of experience and a forward-thinking mindset, you can be guaranteed that the home of your dreams is within reach.

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