Outside Is the New Inside: Top Trends in Outdoor Living

In recent years homeowners have shifted away from only enjoying their outdoor spaces seasonally and have begun to incorporate features for year-round outdoor living. A variety of new, high-performance materials paired withinnovative design plans are allowing homeowners to transform their outdoor spaces into seamless, multi-seasonal extensions of their homes. Here are some of the hottest trends in outdoor living:

Commercial Comes to Residential

Inspired by the sleek outdoor commercial settings of hotels, restaurants, and urban rooftops, homeowners are replicating the look in their own outdoor spaces by adding modernfinishes such as metal or cabled railings.


Concrete is not a new material to be used outdoors but it is being used in new ways due to its cost-effectiveness, durability, and stylishness. Concrete benches, tables, and planters are popular as well as adding concrete to your outdoor kitchen counters, fireplaces, and fire pits. This cool composite is easy to stain or stamp to create endless combinations of colors, texture, or patterns and works well in almost every outdoor setting, regardless of your home’s age or aesthetic.

Bright and Bold Lighting

When you have a beautiful outdoor space, a single porch light just won’t do! Just like indoor spaces need multiple sources of light, outdoor spaces need more than one lighting source. From colored lighting to intricate hardware, outdoor lighting isn’t simply about illuminating a space, it’s another design element that can be used to make a statement.

Technology at Your Fingertips

Outdoor televisions and stereo systemsmean you don’t have to stay inside to watch the big game and your music can reach every edge of your outdoor space. While outdoor televisions are specially sealed to prevent precipitation from penetrating the unit, various features can also be incorporated to protect your electronics from theft and the elements, such as sliding and locking panels.

Fire Features

Adding fire features to your outdoor space is another way to bring the indoors outside to create an outdoor living room. Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, fire tables, and chimineas provide warmth andambiance after the sun has set.

Cocktail Central

Outdoor bars are one of the hottest trends in outdoor design. These bars make outdoor entertaining easy, fun, and cut down on the traveling back and forth to your indoor spaces for drinks and ice. They often feature ice makers, refrigerators, and wine coolers, along with shelves for liquor, drinkware,and cocktailaccessories.

Partner with 5th Generation Contracting to Create Your Outdoor Oasis

If you’re planning on adding a new outdoor living space or are looking to update or add to your existing space, partner with the best design and build company5th Generation Contracting. We can customize your space to create a beautiful backyard oasisyou and your family will never want to leave.