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Emerging Trends in Outdoor Living Design

Research shows that today’s hardscape trends are primarily focused on outdoor entertaining. For the most part, modern homeowners want the exterior of their homes to reflect the style and functionality of the interior. Textures are leaning more towards those that simulate natural stone, and eye-catching laying patterns and designs are beginning to become more prevalent. Below are a few designs that illustrate some of the emerging trends for the upcoming year.

Belgard Fire Pit
Fire pits continue to be among one of the top must-haves for homeowners. In a natural progression, built-in seating in the form of benches, seat walls, and ledges continues to grow in popularity. This particular design also illustrates the developing trend of multi-level surfaces and eclectic paver designs.

Belgard Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor kitchens continue to grow in popularity with the emerging trend of sophisticated lighting and integrated audio-visual equipment and Wi-Fi accessibility. Another rising trend in outdoor kitchens includes multiple cooking surfaces, such as grills, gas burners, convection ovens, and brick ovens.

Belgard Outdoor Living Room
Outdoor living rooms are becoming standard in new construction, particularly for higher end homes. This outdoor living room illustrates the “bringing the indoors out” concept by incorporating one of the latest trends in paver design, the faux rug. Water features also continue to be popular.

Today’s homeowners are looking for additional ways to go green, resulting in the rising trend of permeable pavers, which improve the quality and reduces the quantity of stormwater runoff. With the addition of a cistern and a pump, water that filters through the pavers can also be collected and recycled for irrigation. Homebuilders are also finding that permeable pavers can help increase the usable space of large developments by eliminating the need for retention ponds.


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Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Hearth and Home

Make the great outdoors a little cozier with our wide selection of wonderful outdoor fireplaces and ovens. Provide some warmth and create a more social atmosphere. Browse our outdoor kitchen designs and outdoor fireplace designs to find the right centerpiece for your outdoor experience.

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Putting Greens

Outdoor Entertaining

Western Outdoor Design tips to designing an outdoor kitchen that fits your lifestyle.

Light Up the Night
Lighting can be used for a variety of effects, both to increase the functionality of the space and to create atmosphere. Trends include pendant lights over cooking spaces, LED landscape lights, under-cabinet lighting, and low-voltage hardscape lighting.

Multi-Media Mecca
The "media room" trend of the last decade has now made its way outdoors. Today's homeowners want their outdoor kitchen to include a large flat-screen TV, internet connectivity, and stereo speakers that tie in to the indoor stereo system. By incorporating outdoor-rated speakers throughout the landscaping with zoned volume control, homeowners and guests can enjoy music, movies, or sporting events throughout the backyard without bothering the neighbors.

Hail to the Chef
Today's outdoor kitchens are fully equipped to cook anything and everything outdoors. We're seeing a rise in multiple cooking surfaces - grills, burners, brick ovens - as well as larger prep surfaces. And don't forget storage and clean-up. This includes cabinets, sinks, refrigerators, icemakers, beverage coolers, and even outdoor dishwashers.

Where Do We Sit?
Since all of the fun stuff is now outside, we need a place to put everyone... hence the rise in built-in seating areas like bars and seat walls. When planning built-in seating areas, remember to allow for additional space for walking, standing, and furniture.

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Putting Greens

Putt'n Around

Golf lovers, imagine how nice it would be to walk out your patio door and onto the course. Nearly all professional golfers have their own private putting greens, however you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy this luxury! Surprisingly affordable, a residential putting green can turn your backyard into your new favorite hangout. Homeowners who opt for a putting green usually witness a huge spike in their game.

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Southern California is blessed with spectacular mild climates. Southern Californians find themselves entertaining and spending more time outside of their home.

Out West: California Outdoor Living Top Must Haves for your Outdoor Living Space

Water Features for a tranquil escape.
Fireplace or Fire Pit adds warmth and ambiance.
Outdoor Kitchen keeps the magic of entertaining and the clean up outdoors.
Outdoor Landscape Lighting creates drama, security and provides longer use of your space.
Decorative Flooring adds design elements and safety.
Patio Covers bring charm and shade.
Landscape Design in Mediterranean or Tuscan garden style are easy and fragrant.
Custom Pools and Spas for the ultimate in outdoor entertainment.

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