Wondering what the latest trends are in outdoor living? A new survey from the American Society of Landscape Architects surveyed 179 landscape architecture professionals across the county and complied their responses into a comprehensive look at the most popular trends in outdoor living and residential landscape architecture for 2014. In this week’s blog post, we’ll focus on the top 5 most popular outdoor living features for this year and how you can incorporate them into your backyard.
Top 5 Trends in Outdoor Living for 2014
Lighting took the top spot in outdoor living trends, and it’s easy to see why. Lighting is a simple concept that can add a completely new dynamic to your yard. Lighting can be used to throw into relief aspects of your landscape design that you want to highlight. Lighting is also great for setting moods: bright for entertaining large groups, more subdued for when the party winds down. Many designers specialize in tasteful lighting arrangements, and can help you find the lighting style that achieves your outdoor living goals.
Seating and Dining Areas
Seating and dining areas are the second most popular trend in 2014 outdoor living, and this too is no surprise. Seating and dining provide places to entertain large groups or enjoy a nice family meal outdoors. Patios and other hardscaping are integral to the success of an outdoor dining area, a trade in which many local contractors specialize.
Fire Pits and Fireplaces
Another popular summer outdoor living trend, fire pits and fireplaces are a simple addition that are perfect for entertaining and family relaxation.
Grilling will never go out of style, which is why it’s a worthwhile investment to install a permanent grill in your backyard. This also opens up the possibility of the transition into a full-scale outdoor kitchen in the future.
Installed seating is essentially permanent outdoor seating. This can take many forms and can even be integrated into the landscape for a more natural look. Skilled landscape architects can use edges, steps, and boulders to create natural looking and functional outdoor seating.
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