Many homeowners are beginning to understand the value of creating an inviting, comfortable outdoor living space to live, work, and play in after spending plenty of time outside last year.
Fortunately, modern technology, handy appliances, and creative remodeling solutions make it easy to improve the functionality of your backyard, so you can extend the length of time you and your family can enjoy being outside.
Whether you want to upgrade your home with an entertaining space to host family and friends or a secluded escape for relaxation—don’t overlook these popular outdoor living trends to bring the indoors to your yard in 2021.
1. Outdoor Kitchens
An outdoor kitchen is a perfect addition if you’re interested in cooking meals for your family outside or adding entertaining space to your home.
You can customize your outdoor kitchen to fit your needs. Perhaps you’d just like to add a barbecue grill and extra seating to supplement your indoor kitchen. Or maybe you’d like to build a complete outdoor kitchen equipped with a stovetop, oven, refrigerator, sink, storage area, and countertops so you can complete all your cooking outside.
If you’re looking to add some fun, convenient features to your outdoor kitchen, consider these popular trends:
- Wine or canned beverage refrigerator
- Full bar with beer dispensers
- Double grill
- Warming drawer
- Pizza oven
- Sink with garbage disposal
2. Fireplaces and Fire Pits
Long, sunny summer days are the perfect opportunity to lounge comfortably in your backyard. But when the evenings become short and brisk, many homeowners opt to remain inside to stay warm and cozy.
That’s why the addition of a fireplace or fire pit is an excellent investment. Not only will a fireplace make your outdoor living space inviting and cozy, but it will allow you to utilize your backyard year-round.
In addition to a fireplace, heat lamps, string lights, and lanterns can keep your home well-lit and warm during the fall and spring. You can also add fans or misters to keep your backyard cool on hot summer days.
3. Outdoor Technology
Many homeowners want to enjoy the same features in their backyard that they can use inside. If this sounds like you, chances are, you’ll want to integrate some technology into your outdoor living space.
Are you working from home? You’ll want to add a new router for speedy outdoor Wi-Fi. Are you expanding your living room? You may want to add a smart TV so your kids can stream movies, watch shows, and play video games. Are you entertaining guests? It’s a great idea to add a state-of-the-art stereo system.
4. Porches and Patios
Front porches and back patios are two of the most popular outdoor areas you can choose to add, renovate, or expand. However, each of these features serves a very different purpose.
Your front porch is visible to everyone who drives past your home, making it an excellent location to spruce up with beautiful landscaping, comfortable furniture, and inviting lighting.
However, instead of only utilizing your front yard for curb appeal, it’s an excellent opportunity to interact with your community! Whether you invite your neighbors for a drink on the front porch or add a tree swing for the kids around the block to play in the yard, it’s the ideal space for social interactions.
Unlike your front porch, your back patio is more private and only available to those you invite into your home. It’s also usually a more accessible space, often located near your living room.
Since many homeowners are spending more time in their backyards, they are also adding hardscaping, landscaping, or a combination of both to increase privacy levels.
Some creative ideas to add privacy in style include trees or shrubs, an accent wall, a shaded gazebo or pergola, or an umbrella.
5. Multipurpose Furniture
Before 2021, most people used their backyard strictly for entertaining, so bulky patio furniture was hardly an issue. However, now that homeowners are spending more time in the backyards, multipurpose furniture pieces that can be used for living, working, and entertaining are rising in popularity.
Consider investing in foldable wooden patio chairs or stackable stools that you can quickly pull out for parties or get-togethers, so you have plenty of space to accommodate your comfortable furniture.
Or consider furniture options that serve two purposes, like benches with a hidden storage compartment, tables with fire pit centerpieces, or couches with cup holders.
6. Garden Expansion
Did you know that 20 million Americans started gardening for the first time in 2020? Fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens became popular as people began searching for new ways to boost their health.
If you’ve discovered a newfound love for gardening, you may want to expand your garden in 2021. Planter boxes, raised garden beds, a garden fence, tool organizers, and a gardening shed are all excellent backyard additions for avid gardeners.
7. Screened Porches
If you don’t already have a screened porch, you should consider installing one soon. Screened porches are the perfect blend of indoors and outdoors, so you can enjoy the cool breeze while still feeling connected to your home’s interior.
Aside from the benefit of having an indoor-outdoor space, a screened porch offers excellent weather and bug protection. Plus, it will add unbeatable value to your Pittsburgh home!
Expand or Renovate Your Outdoor Living Space with Action Builders
There’s no doubt that there are plenty of great reasons to add outdoor living space to your house this summer. When you’re ready, our friendly, professional team at Action Builders can turn your dreams for your backyard into a reality.For over 30 years, we’ve helped Pittsburgh homeowners expand their houses with beautiful, functional home additions. Explore our outdoor living space services to learn what our team can do for you!