Latest Backyard Outdoor Living Trends Trends
With many people wishing to expand their living spaces outdoors, the latest trends aim to create beautiful landscapes that are also comfortable and functional. If you have plans to make improvements to your outdoor spaces, here’s what’s hot on the landscape scene.
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Rather than buying and upgrading to a bigger home, more and more people are finding space in their current home by expanding their living space outdoors. Because of this, patios have become larger and more comfortable and more luxurious. Homeowners are finding ways to tailor fit their outdoor space that are extensions of their interior spaces with furniture and amenities that only a few years ago were not even considerations. Here are just a few of the elements that homeowners are adding:
An outdoor kitchen is a great addition to your backyard. No doubt this will provide much “wow” factor. But more than this, an outdoor kitchen will make it much more convenient to entertain outdoors because the need to go back and forth to the main kitchen is eliminated.
The options are plenty and you can choose from among many features as possible additions, depending on what you plan to use the space for, how many people you plan to accommodate, your entertaining style and of course, your budget. What are some outdoor kitchen options?
- An outdoor barbeque; barbeque choices range from a simple built-in barbeque grill to one with multiple grills, built-in roasting spits, and side stovetop-type burners
- Options for specialty cooking: Brick oven for pizzas, Hibachi grill, Smokers
- Cooling options can range from a simple refrigerator to keg tappers, wine refrigerators and ice makers.
- Sinks, countertops and bars
- Storage and built in shelvings
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Adding a water feature to your outdoor space adds a lot of value. The soothing sound of moving water brings serenity to your yard. And if you are a nature lover, it will attract creatures like birds, dragonflies, butterflies and frogs to your garden.
As with all features that you add to your garden, the choices will be dictated by your style and your budget. Before selecting a water feature, ask yourself how much time you can devote to maintaining it and how much money you would like to spend. It can be something as simple as a small prefab fountain. Or it can be as breathtaking as a pond with running water and waterfalls complete with floating plants and darting fish. Or you can go all out and install a pool and a spa.
Other considerations for choosing between fire pits or fireplaces:
- Small Children - you might want to consider a fireplace instead of fire pit if open flames are a concern.
- Views - if there are views you want to maximize, a low to the ground fire pit might be more suitable to enjoy unobstructed views.
- Budget - In general, fire pits are simler tructures and so less expensive to install than fireplaces.
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Adding a fire pit or fire place as part of your landscaping will allow you and your guests to enjoy your backyard long after summer has gone and there’s a chill in the air. They provide a cozy and warm place to gather around, socialize and relax in.
Fire pits or fireplaces also serve as a design anchor or focal point in your landscape where furniture or other design elements of the outer living space are centered.
Part of the choice on whether you choose to install a fire pit or a fire place depends on how you want to use your outdoor space in general, and your fire feature in particular. . A fire pit is a great way to gather more friends and family in a more informal setting. Backyard firepits usually are gas, and can run off of the same main gas line that your BBQ uses. A fireplace on the other hand is more suited for smaller intimate gatherings.
As homeowners spend more, and longer time outdoors, new exterior lighting that are functional and more attractive are allowing them to do so long after the sun has set. Apart from providing mere illumination, effective use of lighting sets the mood and ambience of your yard. And lighting can be used to focus on special features in your landscape while drawing attention away from problem areas.
There are many options available for lighting:
- Color filters that you can use to create drama, create warm or cool tones or compliment plantings or accent lawn decors.
- Twinkle lights to provide understated accent to your landscape
- Statement lights in the form of globes or glow balls that give your yard a bold look
- Lanterns which have been around for some time now and still provide timeless appeal to any yard
- “Green” lighting that support eco-friendly life styles are another option. LED and solar powered lights are examples.
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In addition to dramatic lighting, homeowners are also opting for high tech additions like stereo speakers, backyard Wi-Fi connectivity, and TV installations. Perfect for those Super Bowl and Final 4 nights.
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If you are not sure of what best suits you, r what your budet can accomodate, we at HF plus Landscape can help by asking you a series of questions to determine if a pool, a fountain or a pond will work for you.
Much like in your indoor spaces, your choice of furniture for your outdoor spaces can make a difference between a boring yard and one that is beautiful and inviting. No matter what you choose, they should both be comfortable and can stand up to the elements.
What you want to use your outdoor area for will also dictate what kind of furniture you choose. We can help with “permanent furniture” made of weather-proof composites and even cement, like benches as an example, to supplement and complement your other outdoor furniture. Comfortable removable weatherproof cushions can match your other outdoor decor.
If you are thinking of taking of your outdoor space to the next level, we at HF Plus Landscape are happy to help. We are passionate about landscaping and the environment. You will absolutely love the work we do for you, whether it's redoing your front yard, new gazebo, concrete and block work, irrigation or anything else you may need for your "outdoor living room".
At HFplus Landscape, we treat what we do as a form of art: it's beautiful, elegant, timeless and expressive. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.
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