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Most Popular Outdoor Living Improvement Projects

Outdoor Living Improvement Projects
Outdoor Living Improvement Projects

Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
By: Sequoia Supply
Categories: Composite Decking  |  Hardscape Features  |  Deck Construction  |  Fire Pits & Fire Tables  |  Outdoor Kitchens

More and more Americans are embracing our outdoor living spaces and creating our own outdoor oasis. There is – perhaps – no greater place to embrace one’s time alone reflecting with nature, or creating priceless memories with family and friends.

Over the decades, Americans have embraced our outdoor spaces to differing degrees. Not only has it been contingent upon one’s particular outdoor surroundings, but also upon the economy, status and culture of our country at any given time. We have never seen a greater surge of Americans expanding our outdoor living lifestyles than in recent years.

Outdoor living spaces have been trendy for years with people wanting the same experience on their deck or patio as they have in their living room. Comfortable outdoor furniture, good music, well-placed TVs and – of course – good eats! Here are the top five outdoor living improvement projects that Americans are pursuing.

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchens

The recent popularity of outdoor kitchens and dining has made finding prefabricated outdoor kitchen kits and plans easy and affordable. Homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, which is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens. We evolved from being satisfied with hot dogs and burgers on the grill in the 1950s, to steaks and barbecue on the grill in the 1960s, to fish and shrimp on the grill in the 1980s, to vegetables and fruit on the grill in the 1990s. Food has taken a higher outdoor profile in the last several years, with some folks not only wanting to grill, but to bake and sear and simmer and serve. The sky has become the limit including outdoor refrigerators, sinks with running water, granite countertops, cabinets, pizza ovens and much more.

Fire Pits

Backyard Fire Pits

Adding a backyard fire pit can be a great enhancement to your outdoor decor. Fire pits are a popular addition to backyards and patios as a cozy gathering spot during outdoor time with friends and family or to add drama and charm to golden evening hours. It’s a great way to extend your enjoyment of your backyard or patio when temperatures fall in the evenings or during cooler seasons when you normally stay indoors. Options include digging your own pit and building it up with rocks or bricks as your ancestors did, or popular and stylish free-standing fire pits and fire tables to match any décor and lifestyle. Don’t make your choice lightly however. In addition to style, look for high-quality, durable materials that will stand up to heat and the elements and provide years of enjoyment, comfort, relaxation, and fellowship with those close to you.

Composite Decks

Composite Decks

There are dozens of low-maintenance quality composite decking options from which to choose. The primary benefit being that you will never have to stain, seal or paint the decking like wood materials. Design options are nearly endless, with more being introduced annually from exotic wood appearance to even simulated stone! Many composite decking companies have created products that encapsulate the composite material with a thin layer of PVC or other proprietary capstock for a hardened exterior shell that protects the material from stain, mildew, scratching and UV fading. As the material is extruded it is usually given a textured surface for slip resistance and appearance. Although the initial cost of construction is certainly more than wood, composite decks cost less over the lifetime of the deck when maintenance is factored in.

Hardscape Patios and Walls

Hardscape Patios

Hardscaping is an attractive feature that offers many appealing options for your outdoor oasis, from a rustic stacked wall to a fully developed outdoor living room and kitchen. Once you've decided to create an outdoor space, we can help you carefully plan to meet your hardscaping goals. It’s important to do your research in advance. Fixed objects in the landscape don’t move easily. As much as possible, consider the entire area available to you for hardscaping before you design a single element. You may only be planning to put in a patio now, but maybe your future plans include a barbeque, pond, kitchen, bar, or walkway. Measures need to be taken in order to incorporate those elements and make them flow together.

Outdoor Lighting Enhancements

Outdoor Lighting

Properly lighting your outdoor living space will transform it from invisible to inviting. Outdoor lighting enhances the mood when you are under the moonlight, adding hours of unforgettable quality time that can be enjoyed in your outdoor oasis. When planned properly in advance and installed during the deck-building process, low-voltage outdoor deck and railing lights provide a subtle, functional, and complimentary glow that enhances your deck’s beauty and adds to the ambiance. Proper landscape lighting is much more than putting a few solar lights along the walkway. It is the creation of a mood and atmosphere in your yard after dark. With various combinations of lighting types and styles, you can turn your daytime yard into something magical at night. Landscape lighting combines the practicality of outdoor lighting with the beauty of landscaping.

Tagged:Outdoor Kitchens, Fire Pits, Hardscaping, Outdoor Lighting, Composite Decks

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