When the temperature starts rising and the sun comes out, there is nothing better than relaxing outside with your family and friends. Creating a backyard living space, gives your home a welcome extension with a resort feel. The possibilities are endless in designing your dream oasis. Below are the best ways to enhance your backyard and United Lawnscape will work with you in bringing those dreams to reality.

 

Patios

A brick paver patio is the perfect addition to your property and makes for a great place to entertain and relax with family and friends. Pavilions and pool houses are also increasingly trendy. It’s a great way to increase usable living space and create additional privacy. Pergolas are requested less frequently because, although they have a pleasing aesthetic, many clients prefer covered structures for protection from the elements.

 

Patio with custom stone fireplace

Highly requested backyard elements include fire pits with seating in the round and fireplaces, which make spaces feel more like interior living rooms. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2018 trends survey revealed that nearly 70 percent of projects were expected to include an outdoor fire pit or fireplace. These design elements add an additional layer of coziness and extend the season for sitting outdoors. Because fireplaces require plumbing and gas lines, they are a bit pricier than custom stone fire pits.

 

Patio with Water features

While the desire for water features like streams and koi ponds are not as popular as they once were (because of maintenance issues like algae and potential leaks), so customers have navigated towards gardens or urns that spill water into a gravel bed. The aesthetic and calming sounds of water – but without the maintenance.

 

Outdoor kitchen

The number one requested item in an outdoor living space is an outdoor kitchen. When they first came on the scene, outdoor kitchens were basically built-in grills. Now they can include all the amenities of an indoor kitchens such as high-end stainless appliances, natural gas grill, gas or wood pizza oven, wet sink, fridge and smoker.” What’s causing the increase in demand? People want to be outside and studies have shown they are spending more time at home and less time traveling. Besides cooking and food preparation areas, design elements for outdoor kitchens often include a bar and seating area, placed strategically so people can interact with the cook. Basically, the outdoor living movement blurs the line between indoors and out. Spaces are being created that mimic the indoor environment down to the lighting and seating areas.

When deciding on the layout of your new outdoor oasis, trust in the expertise and experience of our on-staff design architects. Let United Lawnscape bring your Pinterest dreams to reality, while staying within your budget. Reach out to our team today to schedule an appointment for an estimate.