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To make your outdoor experience the best it can be for both quiet family get-togethers and larger summer gatherings, check out these tips according to what's trending from Houzz.
1. Get out of the sun.There’s nothing worse than a hot, humid hangout where everyone just wishes they were anywhere with A/C. Strategize with some cool, shady spots to ensure your guests (and you) aren't soaked in sweat by the end of the gathering. Take a tip or two from Houzz, which is calling 2021 the “year of the pergola.” They estimate that you can DIY or contract someone to build one of these shady wooden structures in just a day or two, making it the perfect high-impact weekend project. Plus, they offer some flexibility thanks to the slatted roof, which you can completely cover for more shade or leave open for less.
2. Create intentional work and play spaces...outside.Work from home isn’t going away, so why not build your new lifestyle into your favorite garden or porch space? Choose furniture conducive to working on your laptop, and work just might feel a little less like work out in nature. Other activities, from cornhole to putt putt, can give personality to your space and keep both your family and guests entertained, especially when it’s all set up already. This is a quick and easy way to become the “fun” house everyone wants to visit.
3. Invest in your outdoor kitchen.If you are more of a foodie, invest in a dedicated grilling space with all the essentials you need to practice your chef skills in the great outdoors (and check out our favorite summer grilling recipes). Maybe it’s time to get rid of that makeshift table next to your grill that holds your tools and seasonings, and instead opt for a built-in cabinet and counter setup. Don’t forget to top it off with a “grillmaster” apron.
4. Dive in–pools are hot right now.
During the pandemic, homeowners craved private spaces. With that, pools became one of the most in-demand items this year. Houzz suggests that if you are considering adding a pool, use the long lead times as an opportunity to make sure the plan for your pool fits your lifestyle and the aesthetics of your outdoor space. Houzz reports that pool slides and diving boards have increased in popularity, but if you aren’t the sporty type, winding and curvy-edged pools with beautiful garden surroundings may fit your vibe more.
If you already have a pool, mix things up with colorful, creative rafts, from floating flamingos to lemon slices, and other entertaining must-haves.