5 essentials to get your backyard party-ready

The warm, summery weather is a golden opportunity to take your get-together outside. Whatever the occasion, take advantage of the sun and extra space, and let these tips help you plan and get your outdoor space ready for your guests. 1. Cluster the conversation spots When planning your backyard layout, think beyond the patio table, and provide more than enough seating for all. Arrange sofas and chairs into conversation clusters to keep people outside and enjoying each other’s company. It’s also a good idea to provide coffee tables, side tables and other spaces where people can set their drinks and …

Top trends to inspire your outdoor living

Outdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018. Trex Company, a maker of premium decking and railing, has gleaned insights from contractors, homeowners and industry experts to compile the following outdoor living trends that will dominate this year: Year-round enjoyment Among the biggest trends is a shift away from seasonality as consumers adopt more of a year-round mindset, no longer restricting outdoor living to spring and summer. Thanks to new high-performance materials and innovative design …

March/April 2012

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About the Cover As cold weather makes way for the breezy days of spring, thoughts turn to outdoor living. Fire features are one popular way to ease the transition from indoors to outdoor spaces, as in this amazing backyard featuring a pergola supported by columns and a fireplace to bring warmth and light to the space. Photo courtesy The Outdoor GreatRoom Company. Like us on facebook!  Click here