Just like interior spaces, outdoor living has seen an evolution of style. In this blog post, we’ll review some popular trends and go over some ideas to ensue you have a functional and beautiful outdoor space for family and friends.
Even in small exterior spaces, one trend that we think is here to stay is defined spaces. Previously, a homeowner might have defined their space on a patio with a table and chairs. Today we see more elaborate ways to clearly define functional outdoor living areas using not only furniture, but landscape and hardscape.
A covered patio, whether attached to a home or detached, can provide the functional value of protection from the elements and temperature control. But it is also being used more and more as a way to create a defined space. A detached covered patio can provide an opportunity to infuse another design style or reinforce architectural elements of your current home.
Unique decks and patios can also create “getaways” within your outdoor living area to provide intimate moments for guest. Here the hardscape (deck) works with the tree canopy and landscaping to create a cozy wooded retreat.
Multilevel outdoor spaces are also growing in popularity. Rather than seeing slopes or grades as challenges, homeowners are taking advantage of these different levels in their design elements to create outdoor dining and living rooms. This also gives homeowners the opportunity to use multiple hardscapes like wood and stone. Well placed lighting can ensure that guests can meander through the spaces safely, even after dark.
Outdoor kitchens have been popular for some time and we don’t see that ending anytime soon. The variety of appliances available for the outdoor chef range from the standard grill, to pizza ovens, smokers, hibachi grills and more.
Another consideration in designing outdoor living today is storage. It is a rare homeowner that can say they have more than enough storage. Building beautiful and functional storage areas within exterior spaces ensures cushions can be kept safe from the elements, but also remain close at hand when needed.
An amazing outdoor space that will serve you well for decades requires planning. Take the time to watch how the sun moves around your area. Carefully consider how you currently utilize your exterior space. How do you use that space on a daily basis now? How would you use the space for a special occasion? How many seasons should the space be livable? Make a wish list for your outdoor living experience. Create a budget that can accommodate your wish list.
For more information on how to take your current outdoor living to a new level, please contact us. We’d love to help you create the space of your dreams.