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Gone are the days when the yard is used for just a few months. Today, the outdoors are an extension of the indoors, with gracious spaces for eating, lounging, and playing year-round. The latest trends in outdoor living have you covered – literally.
Adding a pergola or arbor to your outdoor space can protect you from the elements, giving you year-round access not matter the climate. Add space heaters and ceiling fan to make it even more inviting. Built-in is best, but if you’re looking for a more affordable option, head for your local improvement or big box store, where a variety of hard- and soft-top options can easily transform your space and give you the coverage you want without having to hire a construction crew.
Hardscape and Softscape
Interlocking pavestones and large-scale pavers are two notable trends for hardscapes. Stained and stamped concrete also remains popular as a way to achieve a high-end look that mimics stone for a minimal cost.
With droughts continuing in many areas, homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to create a yard that needs less water. One of those ways is getting rid of the grass, which explains the growth of artificial grass products. “Wanting a picture-perfect lawn? Maybe fake grass is the answer,” said houselogic. “It solves watering, weeding, and fertilizing woes. Synthetic grass for landscaping and recreation is growing 10% to 15% a year in the US.”
The outdoor living room has gone beyond being a trend to become a must-have in today’s homes. Comfortable outdoor furniture that looks like it could belong inside, wall-hung flat screen TVs, and outdoor fireplaces create cozy spaces that bring the action – and the family – outside.