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4 Outdoor Living Trends for Spring

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Spring is finally in the air as the warm weather begins to roll in. As a homeowner, you’re no doubt thrilled at the prospect of being able to sit outside again.

​However, perhaps your living space feels just a little outdated.

Even if you know your backyard could use a little update, it’s not always easy to know how to change it, or to know what trends are popular now.

If you’re looking to spruce up your backyard, take a look at these 4 outdoor living trends for Spring that will make your backyard feel like new.

​Creating Specific Spaces

Maybe your backyard isn’t the largest, but regardless of the size, many homeowners are starting to consider enclosed living areas.

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You are able to create a cute little courtyard with simple paver stones, using materials to separate your backyard into different areas. Even a few well-placed hedges can make a big difference.

When you separate your spaces, you will be able to avoid a well-known party problem: when everyone ends up in the same spot. Even if you have a huge backyard, people tend to end up near the food.

Lessen the congestion by creating some zones for different people to relax in. Use the landscape to your advantage to keep spaces separated, while still linking your backyard together.

Include spaces like a fire pit, grill area and an outdoor seating space. With the proper outdoor materials, you may even be able to create an outdoor kitchen to make use of year-round. You might also try creating a Zen garden to relax in.

All you need are a few items, like a water fountain and some well-placed plants and accessories. Even when you’re not entertaining people, you will be able to take a deep breath and relax while you sit in one of your many spaces.

PICTURE: A bit messy after playing all day on the paver patio. My son sits down to watch a movie thats being cast onto the wall. 

Here is a short list of just a few item that you can incorporate for a fun backyard experience

  • Projector and Screen
  • Gas Fire Pit
  • Low Voltage Lighting
  • Hot Tub
  • Pavilion/Ramada
  • Gas Tiki Torches
  • Water Fountain or Water Feature (i.e. bubbler, pondless waterfall)
  • Decorative Pots with Plants
  • Pizza Oven (lots of family fun)
  • Pergola
  • Gazebo
  • Sound System

Lighting and Accessories

If you want to spend time outside during those warm summer nights, you’ll need to update your lighting. These will add both functionality and versatility to your outdoor space and don’t require an excessive amount of effort to install even to an existing backyard.

Try landscape lights and deck lighting to illuminate your plants, create ambiance and give you and any guests a way to see without being blinded. People especially love lighting in the stairs as well as recessed lights that are soft and simple without being too bright.

Buyer Beware


Don't make the mistake of buying the cheaper outdoor lighting widely available at local hardware stores. You will be highly discourages when they start to fail. All the effort, time and money you put into it will be in vain. 

crappy malibu low voltage light for paver patio

Malibu Brand GARBAGE!

You do not need to go the high end route either. Sure they have unique and appealing looks to them, but they can also be quite pricey. Middle of the road works.

nice Alliance brand low voltage light for hardscape patio

Alliance Brand REALLY GOOD

Add some lights to the landscape that can be switched up so that you will be able to change the look of your outdoor space without having to put a lot of effort in. Once you add your lights, you may then add some embellishments.

Accessories are a great way to add a professional feel to your living space. They’re all you need to make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your home. Personalize your home with small figures, stone benches, or even more dramatic elements like a fire pit.

​These can add tranquility quickly, while ensuring that you’re able to enjoy your outdoor space, regardless of how chilly the nights get. Grab some marshmallows to roast over that fire pit and enjoy your evening. Smore's Anyone?

The Perfect Brick Patio​

Having a patio or deck is an integral part of creating your ideal outdoor space. However, don’t despair if you don’t live in a state like Georgia or Florida that happens to be sunny almost year-round.

Even if you live in a cooler climate with a shorter summer, you will still be able to create a fun outdoor space to relax in, no matter what time of the year it is.

A multi-level deck is one way to do this. By separating the space of your deck, you will have a covered area that allows more flexibility. Use roofing that will protect your deck even during the colder season, when snow piles down atop it.

Hot tub on brick paver patio with a pavilion over top

During the spring, strong roofing will let you relax outside even when it’s raining. If you have the space, you may also try adding a roof deck. These are especially great if you don’t have a huge backyard, but still want to relax outdoors.

Make use of your restricted space by creating a patio up high. These types of patios will give you a luxurious feeling without breaking your bank too bad. Just make use of some roofing to protect your deck from the weather.

​Taking the Indoors Outdoors

This is one trend that has become increasingly popular in the last few years: making the outdoor living space an extension of your indoor one. You may be worried that furniture will get ruined outside, but outdoor furniture is made to be durable and is a wonderful way to add comfort.

These pieces of furniture are stylish, comfortable, easy to maintain and hopefully weatherproof as well. They may cost a little more, but furniture is a great way to get your family outdoors. To make your outdoor living space feel homier, add colorful fabrics and textiles too.

Having the proper outdoor furniture for you brick patio not only looks nice, but is very inviting to the soul. They work to make you want to spend more time on your outdoor living space. ​

Search out fabrics that are personalized to your color scheme and match up with your individual style. Add a few pillows, showcase new patterns and include some great colors to make your space feel professional and personal at the same time.

These sorts of adornments are able to improve your outdoors, without forcing you to spend too much money.

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Conclusion

With Spring coming in quickly, homeowners are beginning to think about what they can do to spruce up their outdoor living area or small brick patios.

Whether you’re looking to make a major change, or you just want to add some furniture and lighting, these 4 trends for Spring will make you glad to be outside. That said, think about what you might like to have in your backyard before you head out to start your renovation.

Its time that you started adding value to your life​

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David Arroyo

David Arroyo of Strictly Stone started laying brick as a summer job in high school with his father. He went on to study design at the Illinois Institute of Art which allowed him to further develop his expertise and to enhance his artistic eye. To date, David has more than 1,000 brick paving projects under his belt.