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Take Outdoor Luxury Living to the Next Level with These Four Inspiring Trends

Fall has finally arrived as football season kicks off and cooler weather is on the horizon! It’s the perfect time to embrace and enhance your home’s outdoor living capabilities, whether you’re planning to host a few watch parties this season, or you simply need an open-air retreat for relaxation. And that follows a growing trend in which people across the United States – not just the Suncoast – are now, following a year of lockdowns and quarantines, taking advantage of the entertainment benefits that lanais, patios and grassy backyards offer.

Fall has finally arrived as football season kicks off and cooler weather is on the horizon! It’s the perfect time to embrace and enhance your home’s outdoor living capabilities, whether you’re planning to host a few watch parties this season, or you simply need an open-air retreat for relaxation. And that follows a growing trend in which people across the United States – not just the Suncoast – are now, following a year of lockdowns and quarantines, taking advantage of the entertainment benefits that lanais, patios and grassy backyards offer.

According to a March survey conducted by the International Casual Furnishings Association, roughly 90% of Americans with outdoor living spaces now view those amenities to be more valuable than ever before with nearly 60% planning to buy new outdoor accessories this year. And, when you trust Lee Wetherington Homes to build the custom home of your dreams, the offerings are limitless in creating a luxurious outdoor living space! Autumn is your chance to bring all the indoor features you love out in the open, and there are plenty of inspiring trends to help you create the perfect epicenter for entertainment on your homesite!

A Private Place Designed for You

Outdoor retreats serve a myriad of functions, ranging from decks that provide privacy to an ideal work-from-home space or shady entertainment area with ample seating for guests. Canopies affixed to columns can offer much-needed shade away from the Florida heat in addition to shielding your space from the view from a neighbor’s second-story window.

Installing, on the perimeter of your retreat, trellises and a pergola, which can support overhead light fixtures, also inspires the sense of an enclosed, private space.

Fun at the Front of Your Homesite

Front yards are featuring more entertainment options, another biproduct of the pandemic. People now spend more time connecting with their neighbors by utilizing socially distanced outdoor gatherings and parties – at-home football tailgates, included.

Although it may involve a simpler design, compared to the offerings of a backyard lanai or patio, the front yard can be a wonderful, welcoming space. It starts with plenty of forward-thinking, indoor outdoor furnishings like durable sofas with warm colors, teak chairs or concrete bench seating accompanied by side tables.

Outdoor Offerings Optimized by Technology

Next-level luxury in an outdoor space combines forward-thinking designs with the latest technology, similar to features found in the great room or office within your home. Comfortable seating is important, but what entices people to gather there?

TVs, built to last in the elements, are the perfect addition to a backyard space and can fit in outdoor cabinetry or mounted on walls. Projectors and screens also provide enhanced entertainment for gameday viewing or movie nights on patios, lanais and even front yard gathering places. Take it a step further by installing weather-resistant speakers that blend into hedges, trees and small plants across your property.

Fire Pits for Any Space

Fireplaces and pits, coupled with accessories like outdoor rugs and decorative pillows, create a cozy environment for both you and guests during those early evening gatherings that stretch into the night. And, according to a survey of 48 home construction professionals published in May by Fixr, a home improvement resource website, roughly 59% of the industry experts view fire pits as the most popular outdoor living addition this year.

Those fixtures are fabricated from an array of materials, like brick, metal or stone, to best fit your space’s style. Our Inspiration Homes, designed to spark your creativity while you’re constructing a dream build, also feature these beautiful amenities!