Make the Space Accessible
Placing your outdoor living room next to a detached garage may seem like a good idea when the location is near a nice shade tree or pool, but there are definite advantages to placing your outdoor living room adjacent to (or at least close to) your house. Service friendly areas of your home are more accessible that way. Getting iced tea from the kitchen or toting kabobs to the grill will be easier, and if you don't have an outdoor entertainment center, accessing your sound system will be a volume adjustment and not a major relocation job. Schlepping back and forth to use the bathroom or get a sweater (or a towel, or the bug spray or the sun screen) can get old fast, so keep the distance to your usual winter haunts as short as possible.