With Summer 2017 fully upon us, finding an outdoor space to enjoy with friends and family is high on many people’s list. No matter what the outdoor space is overlooking, simply being outside creates an atmosphere unto itself unique. Here are a few tips we’ve learned designing outdoor spaces for the hospitality market the last 35 years!
1. Don’t forget you’re in nature! While it may seem obvious anything outdoors has to be made to be able to withstand a different, often uncontrollable environment. Upholstery options need to be able to withstand not only high wear and tear, but also UV penetration and acid rain. Be sure to be mindful of insects and pests. I was once at a restaurant that had outdoor seating next to a canal and they offered bug spray for guests. Good idea, however no one took into account that when sprayed the insect repellant is going to be carried with the wind, right into anything in its path, even another guests recently delivered plate of food, Not good!
2. Take advantage of unique views when you can! There is nothing worse than expecting to have an amazing view only to be blocked by an man-made structure or another guest. Space planning to take advantage of unique outdoors elements, as well as utilizing different shading options can help minimize lost views.
3. Don’t forget about your neighbors! We’ve seen many situations where the neighborhood that hospitality spaces are in begin to receive higher volumes of complaints when the outdoor useable months come around. Going back too good space plans and material selections, keeping in mind special acoustical treatments and sound absorbing materials can help stave off unneeded visits from local authorities or city officials.
As with any project having the right team in place can ultimately change the eventual outcome of the business. If you have any questions at all don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are all here ready to serve you when needed! Lee Design and Interiors proudly serving Virginia, Maryland, DC, Florida and abroad for over 35 years!