Fifty years ago, you would rarely see an elaborate outdoor living space. There might be patios and terraces, statuary and gardens or a fountain, but nothing on the scale of what you will see today.

The outdoor room has become the favorite room for many households; the place where the family gathers to hang in the evening; to cook, to dine, to share a drink or engage in conversation.

Unlike inside the house, where rooms are clearly defined, an outdoor space lets you create a unique vision. A plain concrete patio could easily become an outdoor dining room, a cozy fire pit hangout or a perfect spot to lounge on a hot day.

Outdoor rooms now offer typical indoor comforts and entertainment, like a gas fireplace or a big screen TV. This is where we go when friends or family visit; this is where we entertain. At Mid-Cape Home Centers we have seen the evolution of manufacturers create lines specifically for outdoor use. There are many more options for outdoor kitchen cabinets, such as those by Atlantis Outdoor Cabinetry which we feature on our display deck in South Dennis. Today’s outdoor rooms eliminate the need to go inside to grab ice or refill a glass. All of your indoor amenities, such as refrigerators, ovens, wine coolers, and more, are all available for your outdoor entertainment needs.

Outdoor dinner parties aren’t limited to basics anymore; you can grill, broil, sauté, roast, poach, steam and boil right in your backyard. There are pizza ovens and ice cream machines, margarita makers and popcorn poppers. You don’t even have to go inside if the day is warm; there are outdoor fans and air conditioners to keep you cool.

Today, there are endless options to create a beautiful space with various product lines, including Intex pergola systems and different decking options, such as Azek and Trex decking. Both of these composite decking options allow homeowners to add lighted post caps and lit risers. No need to go inside when the sun goes down! For a quality wood deck option a homeowner should consider Ipe Decking. This wood decking option is durable, and can withstand harsh climates, mold and decay.

Building an outdoor “room” is such an easy thing to do, and creates the illusion that a home is bigger and offers more opportunities. A well-built outdoor room is a great way to increase the square footage for your entertainment and relaxation. Come down to our Dennis location to check out our Outdoor Kitchen display, which showcases our various products made specifically for an outdoor living space.