Do you remember when having a backyard barbecue or neighborhood get together required nothing more than a grill, some burgers and a couple of lawn chairs? Well, times are changing. Homeowners now use outdoor areas as additional living space and an area to entertain. Wide open yards are a blank canvas where you can make a big impression. Extending indoor comforts into outdoor spaces is the top outdoor living trend for 2017. Here are some ideas to get you started this year!

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor living 2017Lights please! Adding lighting to your outdoor spaces not only adds function, it also adds ambiance. Lighting extends the amount of time you spend outdoors, illuminates architectural and landscaping features and creates a warm, romantic environment for entertaining.  In addition to adding lighting, homeowners are going “green”. Popular “green” choices include solar powered lighting and LED lights. LED’s give a truer color, longer lasting bulb and you will notice the energy conservation in your next electric bill.  These fixtures can be seen not only in landscape lighting but also in masonry, deck and patio projects, making LED the ultimate in resourcefulness and versatility.  For the latest in lighting ideas, visit this Pinterest gallery: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/backyard-lighting/

Plant Beds

Gardens, gardens, gardens. A beautiful addition to any landscape- especially in a great growing environment like Ohio- is a garden. Raised beds, garden boxes, multi-level planters and unique designs are top trends for 2017.  In addition, homeowners are adding organic, edible plants and herbs, which emphasize knowledge of where food is grown and sustainability. Don’t have a yard large enough for a garden? Vertical gardens are a great, fun option!

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Outdoor Kitchens

outdoor living 2017Grilling and chilling! Outdoor living just wouldn’t be complete without an outdoor kitchen. Much like the interior kitchen is the heart of the home, the grill is the central attraction in the outdoor space. For 2017, homeowners are adding partial or full outdoor kitchens with not only grills, but exterior-grade appliances like refrigerators, sinks, ice machines, and beer taps, weather-resistant cabinetry and fade-resistant countertops and prep surfaces.

Smart Spaces

Just about everyone has a smart phone these days and that technology can easily be integrated into your outdoor living space! Your smart phone has the capability to integrate Wi-Fi controls to control music, lighting, water features and more just by opening an app. Just like inside your home, you can control your outdoor features from anywhere in the world.  If you like new tech, talk to your landscape designer about smart integration into your backyard projects.

Looking for your next outdoor and indoor space? Contact me today! (614) 332-4391 lori.hicks@herrealtors.com