Landscaping Your Way into Outdoor Living

Outdoors activities are a way of life: from backyard barbecues, to relaxing in porch swings, to bonfires, and to chatting on back patios. Outdoors living is becoming more popular; from pergolas, outdoor dining areas, outdoor furniture, elaborate patios with TVs, to outdoor kitchens with state of the art appliances; a comfortable and useful outdoor space is a must-have.


According to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey by ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), outdoor living spaces are quickly becoming one of the most popular residential design elements. Some landscaping companies are making outdoor living a major portion of their business, and they are finding new ways to incorporate it into their products.

Custom designed outdoor living spaces are a worthwhile investment that allows you to enjoy the outdoors year-round. Below are some of the common design elements which help to create customized outdoor living spaces:


With a well-designed and fully stocked outdoor kitchen you can prepare, cook, and serve an entire meal without ever having to go inside. There are many ways to design an outdoor kitchen; from a small grill on a patio all the way to a patio set including a built-in stainless steel grill complete with a refrigerator, built in storage, and a bar. If you enjoy cooking and grilling, having all the tools you need to cook at your fingertips makes outdoor living easy and enjoyable.


In the past, relaxing on your patio or deck completely depended on the weather. Not many people want to sit outside when it starts to get cold. Nowadays, adding an outdoor heating system, a fire pit, or a gas fireplace can extend your enjoyment of your outdoor living spaces by months. Especially in the fall and winter, a bonfire or fireplace is a great way to gather with your friends and loved ones once it gets cold.

Outdoor Rooms

These days, you are likely to see dining room tables and comfortable sofas much like the ones you find indoors. Instead of sitting inside in front of a TV screen, an outdoor room gives you the option to enjoy your time relaxing outdoors with family and guests.


Adding custom lighting solutions to a landscape design lets a homeowner enjoy the beauty of their yard even when the sun goes down. Lighting around walkways and patios as well as trees, garden beds, and other garden elements is a practical and lovely way to enhance these areas.

Low Maintenance

You can have lovely gardens and green spaces in your yard that don’t require hours of maintenance. Choosing plants that need less attention and building with low-maintenance composite materials instead of wood help to give you more time to enjoy the outdoors.

More than Greenery

Contemporary patios, decks, and verandas are as much a part of modern landscaping as plants like grasses, bushes, and flowers. Outdoor living is becoming a integral part of landscape design as more homeowners embrace a broader range of outdoor living choices. Homeowners will get years of enjoyment out of their outdoor living space; whether they have a grill on a patio or a full set of appliances and furniture.

Written by Clark Jones, owner of Tree Frog Complete Grounds Maintenance. Tree Frog is the best company for landscaping Columbia MO has to offer.

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