The 7 Biggest Trends in Outdoor Living

By: Danny Lipford

Enhancing the outdoor living space has been a huge trend in home improvement in the past few years, making the backyard more enjoyable for homeowners while adding value to the home. In fact, I recently overhauled my own back patio, which we featured in the Outdoor Living At Its Best web series and Today’s Homeowner TV episode. Here are seven improvements to consider for your outdoor space:

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  1. Outdoor Kitchen
    Installing a full-functioning outdoor kitchen is a great way to entertain outside without making numerous trips in and out of the house. Grills, range hoods, sinks, refrigerators and other cooking appliances can be easily incorporated outdoors and serve a purpose year-round. You’ll be able to enjoy your guests while preparing meals and fixing drinks all at the same time. 
  2. Folding Doors
    Stacking compactly to the side of the opening, folding glass doors use a smooth track system, creating a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Folding doors also help maximize the natural light coming into your home, whether they’re open or closed.
  3. Outdoor TV
    Installing an outdoor television on your patio doesn’t mean just bringing an indoor TV outside. By being sealed from moisture and resisting the glare of the sun, outdoor TVs are built to withstand the elements and have better performance than other TVs. So, make sure you choose a television that is specifically designed for outdoor use.
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  5. Water Feature
    A water feature can set a more relaxed atmosphere with its soothing sounds and attraction of wildlife. It can also act as a charming focal point of your backyard and enhance your outdoor living space.
  6. Fire Table
    Including a fire table will make your patio much more comfortable, whether you’re relaxing on your own or entertaining guests. If you often have parties going late into the night, a source of heat will allow guests to continue enjoying the event without getting too cold in the winter. The best part about fire tables is they blend in with the rest of the patio furniture while creating a cozier, more communal feel.
  7. Ceiling Fan
    Ceiling fans are a great way to create a breeze on your patio. By choosing an energy-efficient model, you’ll stay cool during the summer without racking up the energy bill. With an outdoor kitchen, the uses of an overhead fan increase as it can circulate the air so steam from the grill doesn’t settle in the sitting area.
  8. Retractable Screens
    Motorized screens, such as ones from Phantom Screens, are the perfect solution for bringing the outdoors in. The retractable screens appear at the touch of a button and disappear when you don’t need them. Custom made and professionally installed, they provide fresh air, shade from the sun, climate control, protection from insects, as well as a bit of privacy while sitting on the patio.

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  • Lisa chavez Says:
    August 13th, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I watch the show regularly was hoping that you could show how to fix a hinge on a door that previous owners have made holes too deep and big it won’t hold anything I put there. The door will not shut properly. I am buying an 1940 craftmans house which I am slowly fixing. Hope you can show a solution to this problem. Love the show. Thanks. I have learned a lot from watching


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    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    August 3rd, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Mvincent, you can see more photos at http://www.phantomscreens.com/



  • Mvincent Says:
    August 2nd, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Retractable screened in porch- could you send more views of that patio. Thanks



  • e. guy Says:
    August 1st, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Loved the articles on outdoor living.



  • e. guy Says:
    August 1st, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Danny and crew,
    I really enjoy your newsletters online, and the tv shows on Sun morning. Thanks for all that you do.


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    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    August 3rd, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Mary, here’s what we’re looking for in the upcoming season: http://www.todayshomeowner.com/locations/



  • Mary Brown Says:
    August 1st, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I live in Theodore Alabama and would like to be considered for a project show. Not sure what type of things you are looking for, but we are open to almost anything. We live on Rabbit Creek, have a large back yard and our house is 10 years old so I’m sure you could tell us ways to improve. Thanks for all your help over the years!
    Mary Brown


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