How To Design Your Custom Home's Back Yard

06 May How To Design Your Custom Home's Back Yard

How To Create An Inviting Outdoor Living Space In Your New Custom Home

Summer is almost here, and with warmer months that means more time entertaining outdoors. An outdoor kitchen and entertainment area may just be where you spend most of your free time in your new custom home.outdoor custom home kitchen

There are so many possibilities for great outdoor kitchen and living areas now, most luxury homes feature some form of an outdoor entertainment space.

As you design your new home, think about what you might like to do outdoors, and how you will likely use your outdoor kitchen space (complete meal preparation, catering parties, or simply having a quiet space to relax with friends).


Geography and lot size can dictate the layout of an outdoor kitchen area.

In Florida, shelter from the sun is important, in the Carolinas and Ohio, warming as well as cooling may be just as important to extend your time outside. Your outdoor kitchen and living space should be oriented to take advantage of the prevailing breeze, sun and view.

Outdoor storage and preparation zones are important for many customers who have frequent gatherings at their home.  These spaces allow for laying food out in an organized fashion and not cramping guest traffic flows.


The granite that might work in your new kitchen inside might not be the best choice outdoors depending on where you live, so go over options suited for outdoors spaces in your area with your builder.

Great homebuilders think of the details when they build your outdoor spaces.  Under counter sinks and areas that can handle being hosed off if needed make cleaning easy. With Arthur Rutenberg Homes, you get to choose the look you want with help from the experts to make it last. Luxury outdoor kitchen and entertainment space builders even engineer the flooring and drains for easy maintenance.

This all translates to a functional, usable, outdoor kitchen space for homeowners and allows for maximum time relaxing and minimum time cleaning.    

Appliances outdoor grill

The grill you choose is often one of the most important decisions that a homeowner can make when it comes to an outdoor kitchen.  Many of today’s grills are built into the counters of the outdoor kitchens.

No matter if you plan to cook full meals regularly or simply grill Fourth of July hot dogs, if you stay on the upper end of quality for a grill they will last and be trouble free for years.

Arthur Rutenberg Homes builders partner with Fire Magic grills because of their 75 year history of making trouble free grills and GE who offers reliable grills with advanced features and design.

Most homeowners also want a way to keep food and drinks cold even on a hot day. A refrigerator built for the outdoors makes all the difference when it comes to convenience and reliability.  Arthur Rutenberg Homes partners with GE Appliances who make a series of designer refrigerators made for outdoor kitchens.

Many outdoor areas now feature fireplaces. Outdoor fireplaces can add to the look of the space, add value to the home and can be relatively easy to maintain.  There are now many natural log and gas options for fireplaces. Fireplaces can be customized to both fit with the home and incorporate the functionality you want, whether it’s throwing another log on, or just pushing a button.


custom home outdoor firepitAs with interior spaces, the outdoor kitchen and entertainment area needs comfortable furnishings for dining and entertaining.

Whether you choose a higher bistro table to seat small groups or a full dining table to accommodate a larger group — or both — depends on how you plan to use the space. Quality furniture that fits the space properly will create an inviting environment.

Arthur Rutenberg Homes design centers employ professional interior designers who select the furniture for the model homes and can also assist you in finding the perfect selections to make your new custom home a showcase for guests. For information on outdoor kitchens and entertainment areas in your custom home, click here.