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Summer is almost here … why not make the most of it by building the backyard of your dreams? From fire pits and full outdoor kitchens to putting greens and gorgeous water features, the sky is the limit for today’s hottest homes.

Maybe you’ve heard the term “transterior,” referring to a seamless transition from interior to exterior living. It’s a trend that began in sunny California and has been making its way across the country. As we all long to spend more time under the sun and stars, the patio has become more of an extension of our indoor living space. To get the look, add some super comfy chairs and sofas, now better than ever when made from today’s durable outdoor fabrics. (Hint: Try matching the look of your indoor space with this “outdoor room” for a cohesive look.) For those with a covered space to lounge in, consider outdoor lighting that mimics your indoor chandeliers. Weather-resistant curtains, LED lanterns, exterior wall art, and cozy throws for when it gets cool will all make this alfresco spot the best on the block.

Of course, one of the best parts about warmer weather is outdoor grilling and dining alfresco. Today, however, homeowners are looking for more than a basic grill. Instead, many hope to install a full-blown outdoor kitchen complete with a fridge, wine chiller, grill, television, and other high-end add-ons. Some are including dishwashers, pizza ovens, and keg taps for truly over-the-top spots. Sure beats hauling the dishes back into the house every night at cleanup time. Built-in bars are also popular as people invite friends and neighbors over to enjoy an afternoon or evening outside together. After dinner, move over to the fire pit for s’mores and warmth, the perfect spot for an after-dinner drink. Make these moments even more magical with music and lighting now easily controlled with your phone.

Another new trend? For golf lovers, add your own private putting green to your backyard. A perfect place to practice and spend time … no watering or maintenance required! Last but not least, consider adding a water element. If you’re lucky enough, enjoy the sound and look of water spilling over your pool or spa. If not, consider a small water fountain as a centerpiece to your garden to bring the calming effect of trickling water to your outdoor oasis. We promise, you won’t want to leave your backyard until the temps really start to dip.

Source: DLP Marketing

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