The landscaping trend seems to be staying on course going into the cooler months of 2014. We still see a lot of the same additions such as outdoor kitchens, fire pits, pavers and walkways, water fountains and lighting.
Landscaping In Birmingham – Outdoor Retreats Gain in Popularity
With the migration of people going from inside air conditioning to outdoor, all natural cool breezes, the outdoor kitchens are still a very hot trend in outdoor design. From a well-equipped, full outdoor kitchen with all of the amenities of an indoor kitchen, like gas ranges, smokers, cabinets and high-end countertops and the big screen to watch your favorite football team, to the simpler, less-expensive designs incorporating the gas grill and fire pit, this is a great trend that seems to have no end.
We are seeing more luxurious features to the high-end outdoor kitchen. For instance, many people are building outdoor fireplaces on a grand scale, infusing imported stones and pavers and building in bench seats. After all, who doesn’t love sitting around a fireplace with your favorite beverage on a crisp, fall evening?
From rock-faced retaining walls to block and cement, pathways to the outdoors have become creative in design and built to transform a bland backyard into a functional and gorgeous backdrop. Mixing pavers in various sizes, texture and color adds an interesting layer to any themed or naturally set yard. Creating a photographic stroll in your yard, you may find strangers wandering around and setting up photo sessions! Or, create a hidden-away under the trees walkway, add a pond or water fountain, and escape under the shadows for some quality alone time.
Water Features and Lighting
You’ve decided on a water fountain and the pavers you want to use in your walkways; now, you want to be able to step out under the stars and listen to the quiet whisperings of the evening breezes and the hoot-hoot of the night owls? Think about low-voltage lighting. When people spend time and money building their beautiful backyards, they want to be able to see them any time, day and night. After installing the well lit water fountain, and lighting the pavers, think about adding some uplighting in the trees. These simple lighting tricks really make the ambience. And, with strategic lighting, you add security to your home. It’s an overall beautiful effect to the total design.
For more information on designing and installing your own backyard retreat, please call The Nelson Team at (205) 702-4426 or contact us by clicking here.