Outdoor Living Year Round
Whether you prefer the campfire feel of a fire pit, the comfort of an outdoor living room or the convenience of an outdoor kitchen, your home exterior presents excellent opportunities for developing spaces that enhance, reward, and rejuvenate.
Pools have always been a popular choice for relaxation and rejuvenation. For many people, the convenience of staying home and entertaining with family and friends offsets maintenance costs. And today’s pools feature such innovations as infinity-edges, advanced LED lighting, and the even the incorporation of fire elements such as torches and fire pits. Many homeowners are also choosing to install salt-water pools which have higher installation costs but require less maintenance. And with the use of colored tile, stone, and even mosaics, your pool can be as individual as you are.
Spas provide the ultimate in relaxation. Whereas pools serve as a focal point for family activity, spas are more intimate spaces for reflection as well as rejuvenation. And depending on what options you select, a spa can be used year-round. Of course, many of the innovations we see trending in pools, we also find in spas: infinity and zero-edges, colored stone and tile, and LED lighting. so the design ideas are endless.
Outdoor cooking has expanded beyond the mere grill. It’s common now to find multiple stone-topped workstations complete with grill, sink, refrigerator, and cabinets. Many homeowners are choosing conveniences such as wood ovens and microwaves. When designing an outdoor kitchen, consideration should be given to how the space will be used. Many people like to entertain large groups whereas others would prefer smaller more intimate gatherings. Whatever the preference, however,with a so many options from which to choose, the possibilities are endless.
Water features aren’t just fountains anymore. Koi ponds and reflective pools are the choice of many homeowners. And many are integrated into the landscape so they are natural extensions of the overall landscape design.
The cornerstone of any outdoor space is the patio. A place to entertain and reflect, the patio is the focal point of outdoor activity. But the patio has evolved to include fire pits, often round in design, a configuration which invites interaction among those gathered. And the evolution has not stopped there. The fire pit has given way to the fireplace, which has the ability to funnel smoke away from homes and guests. Factor in recent developments in weatherproof fabrics and electronics, and it should come as no surprise that a growing trend is the development of outdoor living rooms, complete with sofas, recliners and televisions.
To learn more, contact Mitch Harper at D. Schumacher Companies, firstname.lastname@example.org.