Building Our Dream Home – Exterior Reveal

My family and I absolutely LOVE to spend time outdoors, playing in the backyard and soaking up the sun. Being in Florida, it was crucial that we got the garden and landscaping design right because it’s somewhere we spend a LOT of time!

So how did we get here? Where did the ideas start from, and how did we create the perfect landscape? Let’s explore just that and more – below! Each item is linked below, so be sure to scroll all the way down. 

Where the design started

Similarly to any area of our dream home, I started by creating a Pinterest Board! And saving lots of ideas and inspirational images over the last few years. I started saving these idea waaaaay before we even started designing the house itself!

Another aspect of inspiration for the landscape and garden designs for our dream home came from following a number of gardeners on Instagram. I take you through some of my favorite designers and bloggers in my last blog post: Gardening Inspiration

front porch

The front porch really sets the tone for the entire home, and other outside spaces of course. So when I focused on the front porch design, I made sure to include a large coir mat, potted structural bushes in large planters, and a bench for watching the world go by. 

The "Potting Station"

I knew if I was really going to give this gardening a proper go, I needed a space to do that.

And so a Potting Station was created!

It’s a little corner tucked away where I can pot up and grow new plants. While it’s nothing fancy, it’s functional and stores everything I need!

Pool Area

Ever since my husband and I first started talking about our dream home, I knew I wanted the pool area to be similar to The Hamptons. Clean and sleek materials with teak loungers and blue and white decor to finish the look.

Doggie Lulu loves the new loungers!

Outdoor Dining

When the evenings are warm outside we often enjoy dinner outside so an outdoor dining area that is just off the kitchen inside was a must!

I’ve chosen to use a similar blue and white color palette for the decor, as I’ve used throughout most of the home, to tie the whole space together!

Outdoor Living

In addition to an outdoor dining area, an outdoor living space was just as important!

I’ve used outdoor area rugs to clearly define each space on the patio, which was particularly helpful for this cute set up that separates the dining and living areas.

Outer Areas

Our land extends much further than the pool, so I’ve created quiet little areas to sit and enjoy the sounds of the birds.

First up was a hammock! A firm favorite for my son Jack.

I’ve put together a list of my go to, tried and true favorite items, see below. If you fancy creating a similar garden at home, check out my favorite gardening tools!

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Hello there! I’m Lori Evans, Interior Designer and co-owner of Evans Construction & Design. Welcome to my world! I created this blog to share all the projects, tips, ideas and inspiration that I have. My goal is to help you make your rooms look even better than your Pinterest boards!

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