Spring is here! Create outdoor spaces that suit your lifestyle in 2015

As the weather improves, it’s a perfect time to highlight some trends for outdoor living in Spring/Summer 2015.  The idea of creating functional outdoor living spaces has been popular over the past few years and there are a tonne of new products that will help to ensure your space meets your needs.

Outdoor Kitchen Design Trends: 

Always a mainstay for entertaining, the kitchen is moving outdoors for 2015.  You no longer need to cook on a small bbq off to the side of your patio as creating new outdoor kitchen can bring all of the comforts of an indoor kitchen into your yard.

  • Like any kitchen, the quality of your appliances and installation will be foundation of your experience and you truly get what you pay for in an outdoor space.
  • Looks for products that are built to handle the elements as wind, sun and water will cause metal parts to rust and plastic parts to crack.  Longer lasting stainless steel products like these Broil Chef ranges , and outdoor natural gas appliances from BuildDirect.com are an excellent choice
Outdoor Range

Outdoor Kitchen Installation with Range

Deck and Patio Surfaces

Composite planks and deck tiles gained popularity a few years ago due to ease of maintenance and lasting good looks.  Fast forward to 2015 and you have a tonne of new options to refinish your outdoor deck or patio.

  •  Natural colors and wood grain finishes make for deck that will endure trends, but you can new get textured boards in such a wide variety of colors and looks.  Some boards are even reversible.  Check out all the selection available in Pravol composite boards this spring on BuildDirect.com
  • If you have a smooth deck or patio that has adequate drainage, deck tiles are a perfect way to quickly spruce up your outdoor space.  You can now get different patterns, composite or stained wood finishes, and slate or stone finishes on an easy-to-install interlocking system.   BuildDirect has over 90 different deck tile types to choose from.

Landscaping Product and Trends

Save water and have the greenest, lowest maintenance yard you’ve ever had.  Between all of the new turf and landscaping products now available, 2015 is the perfect year to update your yard.

If you are just starting to consider building an outdoor kitchen, check out this article:  it outlines some key design considerations and questions.  Want a warm focal point to gather around?  Add a firepit or outdoor fireplace.  Looking for additional ambiance, review your lighting options.  Want to watch the game while bbq’ing?  Install a TV…maybe I’m getting carried away ;)

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