Even though it is still very early in the year, professionals across the landscape industry have focused in on what is trending and what will be in demand as the year unfolds. The top four concepts for 2018 all tend to have their roots in a more mindful and healthy view of outdoor living spaces and what they have to offer.
Embrace even the tiny green spaces
Not everyone has a huge yard or the budget for a huge landscape project. But 2018 is going to focus on making the most of any outdoor space that you do have, and on an affordable budget if need be. Turning your expansive suburban yard into an oasis might be a project which needs to evolve over a few years. But once you have your UNIQUE master plan, focus on one small section to begin your transformation. This might be a courtyard, a small patio or outdoor living space or just the portion of the yard which is nearest to your house. Take this area from a plan unusable space and create your own private retreat. Adding plants and other features will make this a space to enjoy even in spite of its limited size. The secret is to add features with dual functions, very much like you might have done when decorating your first tiny apartment. A fire pit set inside a larger masonry structure can provide warmth and ambiance in the winter but is also a great table for impromptu picnics or a glass of wine in the evening. Mounting a small water feature on a wall adds interest but also provides valuable gray noise if the area is sometimes over powered by street noise. The only necessity is that you complete your tiny space and begin your journey to enjoying and embracing the outdoor lifestyle in 2018.
Reinvent outdoor dining
There is nothing new about the concept of dining alfresco, but 2018 is going to introduce a new twist to this old favorite. In the past, outdoor dining spaces have been located right outside your home with the rational that closer is easier and better. But stop for a moment and think about the fun and excitement of going on a picnic. You pack everything in a basket and off you go to seek out a new environment. Why not create that same new excitement and variation in your own outdoor dining area? Be willing to trek a few more steps beyond the shadow of your back door to enjoy more nature and less technology and connection to your hurried lifestyle. It might even be considered a bonus if your WIFI doesn’t reach this new dining oasis. Picture the relaxation and even romantic feel of a space lit only by candles and not the porch light. Dare to move your outdoor cooking and dining space even just a few more feet into the great outdoors for a truly new and UNIQUE dining experience where you can always get a table and the company is always perfect. [Read more…]