The weather and the temperate year-round make outdoor living in Southern California an attractive addition to any home, no matter what style it may be. With all of the new trends popping up for outdoor spaces, we thought we would share 6 that will be huge in 2022 and for years to come.
1. Outdoor Kitchens
Adding an outdoor kitchen to your home is a great way to increase the value while enjoying the outdoors. An outdoor kitchen can include a stainless steel grill, pizza oven, sink, mini refrigerator, and of course the counter space – everything you need for cooking and serving all of your favorites! We recommend Lion Premium Grill for all your outdoor kitchen and barbecue needs.
2. Drought Tolerant Gardens
Southern California is a hotbed for drought-tolerant plants. If you live in southern California, then these are perfect to help reduce your water bills and maintain an attractive backyard with little maintenance!
Plants such as: little ollie fruitless Dwarf Olive shrub (Olea europaea ‘Montra’), Baby Sage (Salvia microphylla), Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos flavidus), English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Elijah Blue grass (Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’) to name a few.
3. Outdoor Living Rooms and Pergolas
If you want the perfect space for entertaining outdoors, a pergola or a cabana is exactly what your home needs. The southern California climate makes it optimal and there are so many ways in which people can create their unique style and inviting atmosphere wherever guests come over, or you are just having quality time with your family. Pergola is a less expensive and good alternative to an outdoor living room – they can be as simple as a shade providing structure with insulated solid panel roof with added LED lighting or a fan. Or it can be a lattice pergola to bring more light into the space.
A cabana structure really becomes an extension of the house and feels like a house without walls. It creates an expansive outdoor living space underneath and is frequently called “the California Room”.
4. Modernized Pavers
The beauty of your backyard and front yard will be taken to a whole new level if you pave it with beautiful stones. It won’t just make the space look beautiful, but also feel great on your feet as you walk past or stroll through. The concrete that your property may have had for years might need some sprucing up too, updating your hardscape with something more functional or stylish could be just what’s needed to elevate your outdoor living space.
5. Outdoor LED Lighting
You’ll want to consider adding LED lighting so that your outdoor spaces, including stairs and walkways stay functional and enjoyable even after dark. This will help you appreciate your outdoor living space at night. After a full day of work, running chores or taking care of your children, when you get to stop and enjoy an evening in your beautifully lit, visible and cozy backyard.
6. Outdoor Fireplace
Adding an outdoor fireplace is a great way to extend your living space and enjoy the outdoors all year round. Whether you are wanting to roast marshmallows or just relax by the fire, an outdoor fireplace is a must-have for any Southern California home.
If your space or budget needs something smaller, more economical and yet welcoming, consider adding a fire pit. After dinner conversations are always a delight by the fire pit. Fire brings people together and creates an intimate atmosphere to bond and share what matters.