Top outdoor living trends

With more time being spent at home, people are reimagining how to maximize the comfort and function of their exterior spaces. In fact, outdoor living design has never been more inventive. Here are the top trends expected to shape backyards across the country this summer:

Outdoor offices
As working and learning from home continue, contractors report increased interest in outdoor spaces that can accommodate professionals and students. Requests for stylish sheds, cottages and pergolas are on the rise.

A relatively easy addition, a pergola creates the look and feel of an outdoor room while adding a distinct architectural element. Of course, its main purpose is providing shade — essential for enhancing visibility of laptops and devices, as well as offering relief on hot days.

Take the plunge
Between travel restrictions and closings of community pools, homeowners are taking the plunge and installing swimming pools, hot tubs and ponds in their own backyards. To give these additions a finished look, surround them with high-performance composite decking such as Trex. Unlike wood, this low-maintenance alternative won’t rot, warp, stain or fade and never needs sanding, staining or sealing.

Luxury staycation
Fueled by the drastic decline in travel, interest in replicating the sophisticated style and comforts of luxury hotels and resorts has grown. From plush towels and plumped pillows to outdoor accents like fire tables, water features and industrial-style railing, commercially inspired designs can give any outdoor space the essence of an extravagant staycation.

Give it a try with DIY
The DIY category has exploded, with more people rolling up their sleeves and tackling even the most challenging home improvements. Ambitious DIYers are turning to YouTube and sites like for inspiration, motivation and how-to tips, saving time and money in the process and earning some serious bragging rights.

One popular and doable DIY project is building or resurfacing a deck with hassle-free composite material. In most cases, it can be completed over the course of a weekend with just a little know-how and the help of some friends.

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