Top 10 Outdoor Living Design Trends

This outdoor living design incorporates several of the most popular trends this year: permeable pavers, fire pit,
This outdoor living design showcases several of the most popular trends this year: low-maintenance landscaping, Subterra® Stone permeable pavers, a fire pit, low-voltage lighting, and a built-in cooking area with ample seating and counter-top space. A permeable system can be designed to incorporate rainwater harvesting to be used for irrigation to create the ultimate eco-friendly patio.

In the annual national survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), landscape design professionals are polled regarding the outdoor living project types and individual design elements that have the highest demand. The results of this year’s survey are in, and for the third consecutive year, eco-friendly projects dominate the top 10 project list. And although it’s no surprise, internet connectivity made its way into the must-have list this year. In terms of individual design elements, the overwhelming majority of the design items have to do with making outdoor areas more livable. For the third consecutive year, fire pits and fireplaces top the list of most popular design elements.

RANKING PROJECT TYPES DESIGN ELEMENTS
1 Drought-tolerant plants Fire pits and fireplaces
2 Native plants Wireless/internet connectivity
3 Low-maintenance landscapes Lighting
4 Edible gardens Outdoor furniture
5 Permeable paving Seating/dining
6 Reduced lawn areas Built-in grills
7 Fire pits and fireplaces Planters, sculptures, garden accessories
8 Water-efficient irrigation Counter space
9 Wireless/internet connectivity Outdoor heaters
10 Rainwater/graywater harvesting Stereo systems
This outdoor kitchen design incorporates drought-tolerant plants,
This outdoor kitchen design incorporates the popular items of drought-tolerant plants, festive overhead lighting, ample prep and serving space, a large seating area, and a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen, fireplace, and built-in wood boxes are all constructed with Celtik® Wall to create a coordinated look.
This outdoor kitchen is fully connected
This highly livable outdoor kitchen is fully appointed with all of the modern conveniences of the indoors, including the must-have elements of internet connectivity, dining space, multiple outdoor cooking surfaces, ample counter space, and both ambient and overhead lighting. Tandem® Modular Grid was used to construct the kitchen base and a partial wall to house and protect the television from sun and weather for ultimate game-day viewing.

8 Replies to “Top 10 Outdoor Living Design Trends”

  1. Do you have more outdoor kitchen images (as above) for editorial consideration? I’ve already looked at your options available for download at your press site.
    Thanks
    Nanci Gregg
    Nashville House & Home & Garden magazine

    1. We have quite a large library of outdoor kitchen images. I will forward your request to the Belgard brand manager and have him reply directly with some options. Thank you for your interest.

        1. For ideas, you can read our blog on outdoor kitchen planning, visit our kitchen Pinterest board or visit our inspiration gallery on Belgard.com. You can also try to see how different styles of Belgard pavers would look at your house by uploading photos and experimenting with various options using our online Project Visualizer tool. When you’re ready to take the next step and get suggestions from a hardscape design professional, visit our contractor locator gallery to find an authorized Belgard contractor near you.

  2. I would like to see ideas for a front entrance and walkway. Would you be able to help me find this information. Thank you.

    1. For ideas, you can read our blog on grand entrances, visit our driveway and walkway Pinterest boards or visit our inspiration gallery on Belgard.com. You can also try to see how different styles of Belgard pavers would look at your house by uploading photos and experimenting with various options using our online Project Visualizer tool. When you’re ready to take the next step and get suggestions from a hardscape design professional, visit our contractor locator gallery to find an authorized Belgard contractor near you.

  3. Outdoor relaxation and entertaining spaces would not be complete without furniture, accessories and other comfort features that make the space more inviting. Color blocking is all about highlighting specific plants or areas. In absence of a wall, a solid color outdoor rug or porch curtains can be used to create the effect.

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