July 5, 2017

Summer is in full swing, and that means homeowners are starting to get out and enjoy their backyards. While lush, expansive lawns have been a go-to for many homeowners in the past, more and more people are turning their backyards into prime entertaining spaces complete with patios, furniture and less lawn. With these popular trends for 2017, you’ll want to spend all day out there!

Local Materials

Not only are locally-sourced materials good for sustaining local businesses and local economies – they’re also easy on the wallet. Incorporating local materials into your backyard through patio stones, retaining walls and other hardscape features is a great way to create a stunning outdoor space while making the most of what’s available to you where you live.

Natural Materials

Say goodbye to wrought iron, metal and plastic and say hello to natural materials. Whether it’s fencing, patio furniture or other landscaping elements, more homeowners are leaning toward natural materials for their outdoor space. Wood furniture, recycled wood, wicker and more are making a big splash in furniture and decor, as is as stone and natural aggregates for hardscapes. This is also a great way to create that rustic vibe you’ve been eyeing.

Low Maintenance Gardens

One of the main reasons homeowners are turning away from lawns is because they can be fairly high maintenance. Between mowing and constant watering, keeping your lawn looking lush and green – especially in the late summer – is a full-time job. Instead, consider choosing lower maintenance options like drought tolerant plants and ornamental grasses, stone patios, pathways and ground covers like creeping thyme or moss.

Outdoor Living

Your backyard is more than just a place for occasional entertaining or firing up the grill once a week. Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home and a space to spend lots of time. Create an outdoor living space with outdoor sectionals, sofas and accent chairs, and create a separate dining area with an outdoor dining set for enjoying a cookout with family and friends.

Simple, High Quality Craftsmanship

When it comes to your backyard, forget anything over-the-top or overly ornate. As all of the other trends on this list suggest, homeowners are focussing on simple backyard designs with high quality craftsmanship and landscaping. Creating a simple outdoor space with lots of functionality and classic features is a great way to make sure your backyard never goes out of style.

Having a stylish, low-maintenance backyard is a great way to increase your home’s value. If you’re thinking about selling in the not-too-distant future, consider these other home improvements!


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