By Roelf Nel

Design Trends for your Backyard

Home is the only place in which we can find the complete comfort that we need, relax our minds and refresh our bodies after working for long hours. Gone are the days when people only ventured into the backyard to water the plants or clean up after the dog. Today, homeowners see their yard as an extension of the inside of their home, and they are increasingly willing to spend money on converting their backyards into comfortable living spaces if it means they can spend more time there. Homeowners, now more than ever, are looking to incorporate indoor elements into their backyard designs. In fact, functional outdoor living spaces have gone from a luxurious comfort to a must-have in today’s homes.

The style now is to turn this space into another charming place which is more appealing and enticing not just for you and your family, but also for your friends and guests who come to visit you. There are simple and inspired design ideas that are presented for the next year to transform backyards into an incredible place that allows you to enjoy your time at your home. Here is a quick glance at some modern outdoor living trends to help you to freshen your backyard.

  1. After working hard or laying out in the sun, it’s best to hit the shower—the outdoor shower, that is! Outdoor showers have been around for years, but this year they’re back in the spotlight for their sheer convenience and accessible luxury. Less maintenance than a pool and more versatile too, the outdoor shower lets you cool down, enjoying the summer sun all the while soaking in the peace and tranquility of your surroundings.
  2. Homeowners have always sought to live in harmony with nature. But whereas the trend used to be toward bringing the outdoors in, many today are doing the opposite, taking the “indoor” comforts onto the deck, porch, or patio. Thanks to advances in all-weather materials, furniture and accessories are now available in so many shapes, sizes, and styles, you can decorate outdoor living spaces in much the same way that you would any room in the home.
  3. To officially kick off outdoor entertaining season, update your outdoor space with a fire pit. The right fire pit can serve not only as a potential focal point for your outdoor space, but it also creates a warm, cozy ambiance, adds lights, provides an adequate cooking source, or even a be just the right spot for a romantic dinner.
  4. Having a simple grill in the yard is soooo last year. Full-blown kitchens with a grill built-in as well as spaces for prep, seating, and keeping drinks cold comprise today’s must-have space. Estate agents agree that people don’t build homes without summer kitchens anymore. Built-in braai grills, refrigerators, even icemakers. Perhaps even an outdoor pizza ovens – not a feature everyone will want, but in line with the trend of personalising outdoor spaces to meet individual lifestyle needs.

Visit our Pinterest Board and get inspired by some of the awesome ideas we have discovered.  How will you convert your backyard into a luxurious space and enjoy the summer evenings?