We’ve enjoyed a pleasant Texas spring so far, and summer is right around the corner. Maybe you’ve always envisioned an early morning cup of coffee in a cozy gazebo, or that late afternoon BBQ, making use of your outdoor kitchen, we’ve got some great ideas for the hottest outdoor living trends of 2020.
- Tile vs. concrete or wood decking
For so many years, when we designed outdoor living spaces, the go to materials were concrete or wood. However, tiling is all the rage this year and really making us think outside the box with San Antonio outdoor living. We’re seeing a swap from stained concrete to Spanish tile; floor-to-ceiling and bar wrap-around whimsical tiles; chevron patterned outdoor fireplace framing and so much more. It’s safe to say that when it comes to your stylistic choices, nothing is off limits.
- Custom fire pits
Is there anything better than sitting around a fire, watching the flames flicker, while enjoying time with friends and family? Putting in a custom fire pit with casual seating will provide year around enjoyment. The sizes, shapes and materials really are endless. We’re seeing requests for bowl shapes set upon extended gravel flooring with cozy lounge chairs. We’ve also seen custom cushions made to provide comfy seating as you toast your marshmallows for that summer staple: s’mores.
(As a side note, did you know that if you toss a few sprigs of lavender, mint, lemon balm, sage, or, citronella into a fire, it is a natural bug repellent? It will smell amazing and who wouldn’t want a little extra help repelling bugs in South Texas?!)
3. Outdoor Showers
Everything from a teak-walled enclosure off the back end of your home, to a hidden garden, spa-inspired retreat, outdoor showers are popping up everywhere. They’re requested out of necessity in our southern client’s homes along the beach, and in Hill Country homes looking for a way to rinse off after a dip in the pool.
4. Sofa Swings
Backyards are all about relaxation and a personal retreat. As the saying goes, “everything is bigger in Texas” and what says “relaxation” better than an overstuffed cushion on an Texas sized sofa swing? Mounted on a raised ceiling really dramatizes the effect, as well.
No matter what you’re dreaming up for your own personal, backyard retreat, it’s time to think outside the box (literally) and create an outdoor space that you love as much as the indoors.
*On a final note, with the continued concern surrounding COVID-19, we are continuing to book jobs that consist mostly on the outside of our client’s homes to ensure your safety, and that of our crews.