The ASLA asked landscape architects across the country to identify the top outdoor living trends of 2013—and published the survey results on their blog earlier this month.
Outdoor living spaces, defined as entertainment areas and kitchens took their place at the top of the list. Gardens and landscaped spaces took a very close second—all followed by pools, water elements, patios and decks. Fire places, grills, dining areas and lighting were also highly rated across all categories.
(Click here to see the full report of Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013. )
Over the next few weeks we’ll explore each of these trends and show you some examples of Hoerr Schaudt’s favorite designs from across the country. With warm weather on the horizon—it’s a great time to brainstorm how to optimize your outdoor space and transform it into the perfect place to entertain, relax or just enjoy the view. We’ll also share some design tips and considerations for your own home.
Let’s start at the top of the list with some entertainment and kitchen areas. I asked Abie Baldwin, a principal of our firm who handles high-profile residential projects, what the design process entails for creating a functional but beautiful outdoor kitchen and dining space. She identified four considerations that landscape architects review with clients that help to narrow choices and make them more manageable:
1. How will you use your outdoor kitchen? How frequently will you use it? What kind of entertaining will you do?
Clarifying if you’ll be having intimate dinners with your immediate family vs. holding parties for 50+ guests help determine seating area and whether you’ll want a large barbecue or need warming drawers.