If you spend every minute possible outside on your deck, your patio, or lounging by your pool, this is not your favorite time of year here in the Hudson Valley.
We hear you.
The pool is covered, the patio furniture is stowed away and your grill is encased in a slick coating of frost. Even the squirrels are shivering.
Well, perk up. Simmer up some hot chocolate and start dreaming. It’s time to ponder the outdoor living trends capturing the spotlight. Winter is the perfect time to plan the great new additions you can make to your outdoor living spaces for next spring, summer and fall.
If it has a flame, it’s hot. Fire pits. Outdoor fireplaces. Even professional-grade tiki torches.
Nothing brings people together outdoors like a flickering flame. Everybody wants to gather around and be mesmerized. Pesky bugs mysteriously vanish. The evening suddenly seems longer. And, one more word: s’mores.
Fire pits have come a long way since your dad dug a hole in the backyard and tossed in some firewood.
Today’s fire pits are stylish and elegant, made of a myriad of types of materials and often surrounded by sitting walls and benches. Some are so lovely, crafted of elegant granite and filled with bits of shimmering polished glass, it seems a shame to call them “pits.”
From Fuel To Design — You Have Options
Choose a wood-burning unit for fires the old-fashioned way, or opt for a gas-powered design that turns on with a simple click on your smartphone. Most homeowners these days choose gas. It’s easier. No wood piles. No messy ashes. Just turn on the flames with a click.
The design possibilities for both fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are endless. Choose from brick, slate, tile, marble in any shape you can imagine.
While low, freestanding or built-in fire pits are still popular, the latest trend is tabletop fire pits. Some stand at the height of a bar and have enough space for eight to 12 guests to gather around. In warmer weather, you can insert an ice bucket into the pit and use it as a cooler.
The Latest In Landscape Lighting
Customized outdoor lighting can highlight your garden, pool, walkways, outdoor basketball court, entryway and more.
More and more, homeowners are switching their old landscape lighting to LED systems. LED lighting is a natural fit for outdoor lighting. The bulbs are hugely efficient with a long life — perfect for places where lights are left on for hours, and for lighting that’s hard to reach to replace bulbs.
Outdoor LED lights use up to 75 percent less power than conventional lights, and last 20 times longer.
And LED strip lights are one of the most popular LED lighting products on the market right now, with huge potential for your deck, outdoor bar area, and outdoor kitchen.
Just like the name describes, these are flexible strips with tiny LED lights embedded in them. They come on a roll and usually have an adhesive backing.
They’re available in a wide range of colors — and they can change colors. Tuck them beneath your deck railings or stair treads. They also look great running under the edges of counter and bar tops.
You’re In Control
Lighting control using your smartphone or iPad is one of the latest lighting amenities. You can control your outdoor lighting remotely with the device you already have in your purse or pocket.
Want to dim the pergola lights for your romantic dinner? It’s as close as your cell phone. Time to bring up the lights around the pool a bit for a midnight swim? Click.
The outdoor kitchen trend shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, they’re hotter than ever. Outdoor kitchens get more elaborate with each passing year. Anything you have in your indoor kitchen is now at home outdoors. And more.
Choose countertops of blue stone, decorative concrete or marble. Everything is custom designed, so you can choose from a wide range of grill units, sinks, warming trays, serving racks, smoking units, beverage bars, kegerators and storage compartments for a kitchen ideally suited for you.
While indoor kitchens are all about cooking, outdoor kitchens are as much about socializing. So they don’t stop at grills, ovens, and cooktops. Amenities abound: fireplaces, space heating, refrigerators, music systems, wine coolers, beverage stations, ice machines, plush furniture, beer taps, meat smokers.
It’s Not Delivery, It’s…
And surveys show wood-fired pizza ovens are the number one item that current owners of outdoor kitchens regret leaving out. They can be built in or freestanding, installed on top of a cart or other base.
Choose a wood-fired oven, or opt for gas fueled. A wood-fired oven adds character and charm, while a gas-fired oven gives you much of the same flavor with less effort.
You’ll forget why you ever spent time inside.
Think outdoor kitchens are a waste in a four-season climate? Nope. Opt for heating and shelters that let you cook up a storm for most of the year.
Watch TV with the breeze in your hair. The latest in TV technology lets you set up the screen by the pool for movie night or out on the deck for the big game.
SunBrite outdoor TVs are completely weatherproof, so you can leave them outside all year long.
The weather-tight exterior seals all of the internal components and ports from the elements, including rain, snow, heat, dust, excess humidity, and insects.
Specialized gaskets help protect the wires. The outdoor TV is powder-coated with rustproof aluminum. SunBrite claims its outdoor TV can withstand temperatures from – 24 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. And torrential downpours.
You may want to head inside, but your outdoor TV will be just fine. And to make things even more convenient for you, Neave Group Outdoor Solutions is now a Sunbrite TV exclusive dealer.
Neave Helps Set Outdoor Living Trends
Neave Group Outdoor Solutions has been on top of the latest outdoor living and landscaping trends year after year for more than 40 years.
We love making clients’ outdoor living dreams come true.
Our expert designers can offer great advice on planning and install any of the latest landscape trends, including pizza ovens, outdoor TVs and fire features that will make your backyard the ultimate outdoor living escape.
The first step is scheduling your free consultation with Neave Group Outdoor Solutions. A project manager will visit your home so you can chat about your vision for your outdoor paradise.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.