This year’s trends are all about bringing the comforts of indoor spaces outdoors. Spending more time at home doesn’t have to be a bore. Add new life to your living space with these six trendy ideas.
1. Backyard Igloos
Consider ditching the traditional umbrella set up for a backyard igloo. This allows you to enjoy the beauty of your yard from inside the dome, while still shielding you from the elements. A little rain or wind is no match for these structures. They’re also a great upgrade from a tent if you decide to do some backyard camping under the stars with your family or friends.
2. Edible Gardens
Being limited to home has caused many people to try their hands at gardening and growing their own food. Whether you’re just looking for a new hobby to help you keep busy or you want to make a healthier lifestyle change, growing your own food can be a simple way to brighten up your outdoor living space. Growing foods like greens, tomatoes, and herbs can be a great starting point for beginners and can even save you a few dollars on your grocery budget.
3. Outdoor Kitchens
Are you a foodie or a self-proclaimed grill master? Consider bringing your love for cooking and all things food outdoors. An outdoor kitchen can include a small refrigerator, cooktops, and a sink — all of the amenities you are used to having in your indoor kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are ideal to stand against the elements. Not ready to bring everything outside, but still want to bring more variety to your outdoor cooking options? Consider creating a satellite kitchen as an extension to your main kitchen. This will include additional equipment like more grilling space or a pizza oven, but it won’t take the place of you doing the majority of your cooking and prep in your main kitchen.
4. Outdoor Tech
Even though you’re anticipating spending more time outdoors, you may still want the comforts of tech to follow you across the threshold of your door and into your yard. Consider boosting your Wi-Fi so it reaches outdoors so that you can enjoy music and streaming. Adding televisions, movie projectors, and outdoor speakers are also a great way to bring what you love about your indoor tech to the outdoors. You can even set the mood with LED-colored lighting that can be controlled by apps.
5. Comfy Furniture
With more time spent outside, you want to make sure your furniture is comfortable enough to withstand the long hours you plan to enjoy as the seasons warm up. In the past, the focus of outdoor furniture was to be functional and withstand harsh weather. Now, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for durability. Newer outdoor living room furniture is made with comfort in mind allowing you to relax on a soft comfy couch as you would indoors.
6. Fire Pits
If you’re not ready to splurge for a full-size outdoor fireplace, fire pits are a great, flexible and affordable way for you to get in on the backyard fire trend. Fire pits come in all shapes, styles, and sizes. Looking to save on space? Consider a tabletop fire pit for easy care and maintenance. Be sure to seek out fire safety and placement rules for your community before you make your purchase.
If the size of your outdoor living space is limiting your ability to express yourself creatively, maybe it’s time to look for a new home that can accommodate your wants and needs in a home. Work with one of our 7,000 agents to narrow down what you’re looking for. If it’s a question of what you can afford, check out our mortgage calculator to help estimate your monthly payments. For local listings you can trust, start with REIN.com.
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