2019 is shaping up to be a great year for homeowners. The real estate market, which was down for a while, has started to pick back up again. Refinancing rates are lower than ever, and did we mention summer is just around the corner?
With sunny days and clear blue skies on the horizon and with hardscape contractors soon to be in short supply because of a projected increase in demand – it’s the perfect time to get work done on your home.
As summer is approaching, we see more homeowners wanting to take advantage of their backyard. They want beautiful, picturesque homes, which maximize the existing square footage of their property with a new hardscape project. Here are 5 of the hottest hardscaping trends on the rise this summer:
Outdoor Living Spaces
The warmth of summer always pulls people outside, making outdoor living spaces incredibly popular. Outdoor living spaces immerse you in the great outdoors while still keeping you close to civilization. They can be both extensions of your house or stand-alone structures. They are of varying shapes and sizes, but all of them have functional as well as decorative value.
Outdoor living spaces are great for spending intimate moments with your friends and family. They can complement your garden, your backyard, and your house’s theme in general. Apart from giving you more square footage to enjoy, they increase your property’s curb appeal and automatically boost it’s value.
What kind of outdoor living spaces are there? Outdoor living areas are usually modeled around a single purpose or goal. The purpose can be entertainment or dining, etc. Some of the most popular examples include outdoor living rooms, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, outdoor dining areas, and outdoor entertainment corners.
Here is a brief overview of the most popular outdoor living spaces:
Square footage is at a premium in 2019, and not everyone has a massive backyard and garden. Fortunately, thanks to multi-use design, you don’t need a humongous free space to turn it into something useful and aesthetically-appealing. Multi-use spaces, like the name suggests, are spaces that are made with two or more purposes in mind.
Multi-use spaces are often designed to make the most of a small free area, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it’s more convenient, not to mention cost-effective, to build a single outdoor project instead of two. If you’re on a tight budget, you can get the biggest bang for your buck with a multi-use space. They can also be just as good-looking as regular or outdoor living spaces.
What are the examples of multi-use spaces? Imagine a front porch, it acts as an entry way and yet provides a sitting area and room for decoration. If you don’t have a front porch but want a sitting area out front, a walkway that branches off into a front sitting area would be a great example of a multi-use space . Multi-use spaces are flexible, with your imagination being the only limit. A good hardscape contractor can help you brainstorm ideas for multi-use spaces, depending on your unique requirements and available free space.
While outdoor kitchens are generally considered outdoor living spaces, they deserve a separate mention because of how massively popular they are this year. You may think cooking outdoors to be an innovative concept, but humans have always cooked outside since the very beginning. Indoors cooking was the real innovation. Cooking outdoors under the open sky is perfectly natural and something almost everyone enjoys.
Of course, that’s not to say outdoor kitchens aren’t innovative. They are sometimes very much so. Modern outdoor kitchens are often just as well-equipped as indoor ones. They may contain appliances like grills, smokers, refrigerators, and prep surfaces. There may be lighting for cooking at night, and ceiling fans for when it gets warm during the day. The innovative ones are a sight to behold and may include bars and bar seating, TV screens, and fire pits. Regardless of the design, they allow you to cook up a storm while surrounded by verdant nature.
What about protection against sunlight or stormy weather? Outdoor kitchens are often covered or at least semi-covered. The countertops and storage spaces are made of extremely durable material like natural stone. Depending on the local conditions, a professional hardscape contractor can make additional changes to keep the kitchen safe.
Sometimes you just need a sheltered, cozy space from where you can gaze out at your beautiful yard. Pavilions are one of the foremost hardscape trends this summer. Not only are they relatively simple to build, but they also look spectacular and greatly add to the landscape’s beauty. They also don’t cost as much as say an outdoor kitchen, making them an excellent upgrade for your property if you don’t want to splurge.
Pavilions make for superior hangout areas to avoid the hot summer sun or for those unexpected summer rain showers. They can be made by a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and timber frame. Often, pavilions can be customized to fit any size back yard or project and have a variety of options to choose from to match your backyard.
Pavilions can be stand alone as well as an extension of your home. Stand-alone pavilions are often built away from the house, with a walkway leading up to them. As extensions of your home, pavilions can double as seating areas or entertainment spaces directly out your backdoor.
Now we come to the final, perhaps most exciting hardscape trend of 2019: Asymmetrical design! You’re already knowingly or unknowingly familiar with symmetrical design. Formal gardens where the right side of the landscape mirrors the left are a fine example of symmetrical design. In symmetrical design, everything has an ordered, neat, structured layout. The beauty comes from the order.
Asymmetrical design is wilder and more chaotic than symmetrical design – but no less beautiful. It involves a spontaneous placement of hardscape and softscape elements, with some thought given to order but more of an emphasis on freedom and lack of constraints. Asymmetrical design is adventurous and less traditional. It is often popular with imaginative, artistically-inclined people.
Asymmetrical hardscape is often combined with the symmetrical for maximum effect. Examples include symmetrical hardscape structures with asymmetrical softscape interspersed in between. Asymmetrical design can also be standalone, though it’s hard to implement.
If you want work done on your property, it’s a good idea to start planning early. Not only will you beat the rush that way, but you’ll also be able to make the most of the summer. To get help with a hardscape project or hire contractors, Click here to tell us about your project.
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