Arizona Home Landscaping Ideas: Create an Outdoor Room

Considering Arizona averages 287 days of sunshine per year, there are fewer places more perfect in which to create a beautiful outdoor space. Outdoor rooms have become such a growing trend, mainly because they are the perfect place to gather with friends when spending time in your backyard. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when creating outdoor rooms in your backyard.

First Things First

For purposes of guiding you through a few need-to-know steps, let's assume you're working with a standard single family home with a backyard in Phoenix, Tucson or surrounding area. You might not have a porch or deck, but fret not; a backyard can be transformed just as easily with the right tools and enough imagination.

Overhead coverage

This should be your first investment to give you some protection from the blazing Arizona sun. Consider a canopy with sturdy poles or, for the more seasoned DIY-er, a simplified man-made wooden gazebo to be dressed up with lights or outdoor curtains. If you do install a gazebo or something similar, just make sure you take special care not to damage your Arizona sod lawn. For more on this, check out our article on Arizona Backyard Shade Ideas.

Lounge furniture

The focal point of all outdoor rooms, your furniture choices will make all the difference. Again, think weather resistant but be open to funky, mismatched pieces for a fun bohemian look. This is where you and your guests will spend the most time, so make the lounge area comfortable whether it includes a large store-bought sectional or a bench you refurbished and adorned with colorful throw pillows.


What sets outdoor rooms apart from a cluster of lawn chairs and barbeque equipment is the use of partitions. If you don't have the money or if you desire something a bit more fluid and inviting, incorporate drapery. Classic white fabric makes for a chic VIP feel, while vibrant curtains complement other accent colors you might use throughout the space. Alternately, hit an estate sale in search of an antique accordion-style room divider.

For a Little More "OOMPH"

The most charming outdoor rooms invoke a sense of comfort you'd feel indoors while juxtaposing Mother Nature's natural elements such as water and fire.

Whatever the occasion, whether you're relaxing or entertaining, having well-designed indoor and outdoor rooms make your home feel like a retreat. It might seem like an overwhelming task, but crafting a backyard oasis in Arizona needs little more than a clear vision, concrete budget and timeline. Enlist the help of your friends or spouse for input or browse Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing. Custom outdoor rooms that mirror your personality trump that tired Southwestern backyard theme any day.

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