What Are Some of the Best Ideas for Outdoor Spaces When Building My New Custom Home?

Published May 29, 2024

Creating a captivating outdoor space can significantly enhance the living experience of a custom home. Depending on the size, location, and personal preferences, there are numerous ideas you can incorporate into your outdoor space design. Below are some top suggestions.

Functional Landscaping

Native plants are low-maintenance and can help save water. They also attract local wildlife like birds and butterflies. Many homeowners opt to plant herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees for a source of fresh produce.

Outdoor Kitchen and Dining

Outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly popular in custom-built homes, especially when equipped with a BBQ grill, pizza oven, sink, and preparation counters. Adding a pergola with climbing plants can provide a shaded area for enjoying meals on the patio.

Entertainment Spaces

Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are great for evenings, providing warmth and ambiance. Your custom yard could also have an amphitheater, a small, stepped area for outdoor movies or performances.

Water Features

The options are endless for installing a water feature into your custom home’s outdoor area. Swimming pools and infinity pools offer a modern look and endless summer fun. For a more relaxing atmosphere, consider an outdoor spa or hot tub. Ponds and waterfalls introduce calming sounds and visuals while a reflecting pool adds a serene touch.

Recreation Areas

Do you want a more active space in your dream backyard? Consider installing a tennis or basketball court, putting green, or a children’s playground complete with swings, slides, and sandpits.

Outdoor Living Rooms

Extend the luxury and modernity of your uniquely built custom home into your outdoor space with an outdoor living room furnished with weather-resistant sofas, chairs, and tables. Consider retractable awnings or permanent roofing for shade.

Garden Rooms

Create dedicated spaces within your yard’s garden, each with a specific theme or function, such as a meditation garden, rose garden, or butterfly garden.

Pathways and Walkways

Use materials like stone, gravel, or wood to create beautifully designed walkways through your yard. Incorporate low lighting for nighttime visibility.


Consider sustainable rainwater harvesting practices such as storing and using rainwater for irrigation. Solar panels can be installed in areas with ample sunlight for energy efficiency, and green roofs and walls introduce vegetation to building surfaces.

Decks and Patios

When creating your dream outdoor living space, use materials that complement the house and surroundings. Multi-level decks can help delineate different outdoor “rooms.”

Privacy Measures

To make your backyard feel like your family’s private retreat, use fencing made of wood, metal, or stone depending on the desired look. Shrubs, bamboo and hedges can be planted to act as natural barriers, and louvered screens with adjustable slats allow for privacy control.


Use LED lights for efficiency in your custom home’s outdoor living space to highlight certain features like trees or water. Install motion sensor lights for safety.

Art and Features

Install sculptures, murals, or other art pieces in your yard, and consider a sundial, birdbath, or gazebo.

Wildlife Attraction

Attract local wildlife to your custom outdoor living space with birdhouses, feeders, and baths. Create butterfly gardens filled with nectar plants to draw in colorful pollinators, and consider adding features that encourage natural mosquito control.

Yoga or Meditation Area

Create a quiet, shaded space with flat ground to roll out a yoga mat in your outdoor area. Incorporate calming elements such as a small fountain, wind chimes, and comfortable seating for meditation. Surround the space with lush greenery or privacy screens to enhance tranquility and ensure a peaceful, secluded environment.

Rooftop Gardens or Terraces

A rooftop garden or terrace is especially great for homes with limited ground space. They offer great views and private green spaces.

When planning the outdoor living space of your dreams, always consider the local climate, the orientation of the property for sun and shade, and the needs of the household. Your outdoor living space is an extension of the customization of your newly built home. Engaging with landscape architects or designers can help bring the best out of your outdoor spaces.

At LaFollette Custom Homes, we specialize in crafting modern luxury homes with classic touches in every detail. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you take your vision to new heights.



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