As you begin to spend more time outdoors, the overall outdoor living trends continue to revolve around creating homey, attractive, livable outdoor spaces that are an extension of the indoor environ- ment. Landscape pavers and segmental retaining- wall blocks offer a DIY-friendly building material. And unlike wood, masonry materials are fireproof, which comes in handy for applications such as fire pits.
• Create a multi-level back yard. Dimensional, multi-level design is the leading trend of the season in modern poolscapes. To create the effect, compa- nies such as Belgard offer a versatile selection of retaining-wall blocks.
• Outdoor grilling is a favorite summertime activi- ty, and you can construct a simple stone-built barbe- cue pit or install exterior-grade appliances to create a full-fledged outdoor kitchen.
• Proper lighting is a key component to the design and overall mood of an outdoor living area. For the perfect ambiance, consider incorporating low-voltage landscape lighting, illuminated planters, pendant lights or hardscape lighting.
• Heat will be trending this season, especially for those chilly nights when the neighbors are visiting. Fire pits provide a popular feature of the outdoor entertainment area. Plus, the smoke of a wood fire keeps mosquitoes at bay!
OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS FOR 2017