Outdoor living has become very popular among modern homeowners. Outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and comfortable seating allow homeowners and their friends and family to enjoy the beauty of nature with all the comforts of home. Here are a few outdoor living trends that have proven themselves to be the most popular trends of 2016 so far.
Unique Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting is essential for increasing the safety and aesthetic value of your property. Modern LED lights can be produced in various shapes and forms, which opens up the opportunity for unique lighting design at a fraction of the electricity it takes to run traditional halogen lights. High quality manufacturers such as CAST and Kischler have become more popular as clients discover their durability equates to a greater long-term investment. These manufacturers are also producing highly creative finishes and shapes for the lighting fixtures.
Countertops for All Climates
Outdoor kitchens allow you to barbecue, cook, bake, and mix drinks in the fresh air of your backyard. Since these kitchens have to endure not only the wear and tear of use but also weathering from the elements, work surfaces have to be extra durable. Granite countertops not only have the appeal of natural stone, they are also one of the most durable options for countertops. Engineered stone is also a great option for outdoor countertops since they are more resistant to fading and wear from sun and rain.
There is a rising demand for flowers that thrive in hot, dry conditions. New varieties of lavender, coneflower, and viburnum can stand up to warmer weather and require minimal maintenance. Plus, since these flowers tend to require less watering and deadheading they’re better for the environment. These heat-tolerant blooms make outdoor living spaces more beautiful without the hassle of constant maintenance.
More Elaborate Outdoor Kitchens
Outdoor kitchens have been a trend in landscape design for a while, but the outdoor kitchens of 2016 are likely to be more equipped to cook a full meal. Luxury items like wine storage units, convection ovens, and dishwashers are gaining popularity in outdoor kitchens. Today’s outdoor kitchen is no longer akin to simply having an outdoor grill; now, you can roast a chicken, mix drinks, and host a large dinner party with professional-grade outdoor kitchen appliances.
Get in Touch With Pinehurst Landscape Company
At Pinehurst Landscape Company, we value the craftsmanship of artisan stonework and custom garden design. With over 50 years of experience in landscape design, we’ve learned how to tread the delicate balance between functional and stylish Our award-winning garden designers are committed to working one-on-one with you to create a comprehensive design that thoughtfully attends to your personal needs and individual tastes. Contact us to schedule a consultation today! If you like our work, consider following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Google+.