If your idea of the great outdoors is to cuddle up with a cold beer while the barbie comes up to speed, you’re certainly in good company. Today, more Australians than ever are taking advantage of backyard outdoor living, bringing their culinary skills — and just about everything else with them.
Here are 10 outdoor living trends to look out for in 2017.
Self-contained outdoor dining and sit up bars
Surrounded by woods, a ravine, a tennis court, and an infinity pool, this self-contained outdoor kitchen still manages to be the focus of this backyard. The homeowners take outdoor cooking very seriously and wanted to be sure they had a kitchen that could keep up with all the cooking and entertaining they do.
For this project, it was essential that the kitchen be completely independent of the kitchen inside. In fact, the homeowner was so adamant that it be independent, that the outdoor kitchen has its own set of tableware, napery, pots and pans. All of this is kept clean, dry, and ready for the next dinner party thanks to a full array of stainless steel weather-tight cabinetry. Food and drinks can be stored at the perfect temperature in a combination of outdoor freezers, wine fridges and beverage centres. And when it’s time to clean up, the outdoor dishwasher and deep sink make quick work of things.
Lots and lots of LED lighting
These outdoor kitchens are a home chef’s dream, fitted with every outdoor cooking feature imaginable. The BBQ is flanked by an expanse of counter space, with plenty of room for prepping and serving. Each kitchen is beautifully illuminated with ample LED lighting, taking the owners parties well into the night.
These homeowner’s have created an outdoor oasis, that’s perfect for gourmet cooking, and entertaining family and friends all year round….and well into the night!
Built in wine fridges and beverage centres
This Outdoor Gourmet kitchen provides a sleek, modern space for the homeowner to enjoy the beautiful California weather and stunning Los Angeles views.
The kitchen is a cooks dream, outfitted with a fully built in Fire Grill and Artisan Fire Pizza Oven. Weather-tight stainless steel cabinetry, an under counter wine fridge, beverage centre and an outdoor dishwasher make this kitchen completely self-contained – the ultimate convenience, especially when entertaining.
Stainless Steel everything including the kitchen sink
A fast-rising star of the outdoor kitchen is the stainless steel cabinet. Impervious to weather, rot, and insects, stainless cabinets are available with nearly as many options as custom indoor varieties. You can choose multiple door-and-drawer combinations, sink units, pull out garbage bins and lockable storage. Weatherproof lighting, furniture, storage, fireplaces, space heating, refrigerators and music systems are all migrating to the wilds of the backyard, substantially extending living space.
Inside or out?
A growing trend over the past few years, the movement toward “bringing the indoors out” will reach new heights in 2017 as homeowners infuse their outdoor spaces with all the comforts and conveniences of the indoors.
Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits
A built-in fire place or fire pit is a great addition to a backyard entertaining setting, not only for their aesthetic qualities but for warming up those chilly, winter evenings. Whether you are planning to have a sophisticated design constructed by the professionals or wanting to DIY your way to an outdoor fire feature, these stunning additions will allow your outdoor space to be enjoyed all year round.
Pizza ovens galore
Today’s hottest outdoor appliance is the pizza oven. If you’re looking for that perfectly baked pizza, with slightly charred cheese bubbles and cracker-crisp crust — and, let’s be frank, who isn’t? — then an outdoor pizza oven may be the appliance of your dreams. These countertop designs require no installation, and after just a 45-minute pre-heat, these powerful backyard pizza ovens can fire a Neapolitan-style pizza in less than 3 minutes.
Built in smokers and charcoal grills
Bring charcoal grilling and smoking innovation into the outdoor kitchen. These stainless steel designs will mirror the sleek lines of your outdoor cabinetry collection while offering the primal experience and incredible flavours that can only be achieved by a live fire.
Now you can add a built-in traditional live fire barbecue or meat smoker to your cooking arsenal giving you the ability to cook delicious briskets, ribs, pulled meats, fish, and smallgoods in a unit that looks right at home in the most sophisticated outdoor kitchen designs.
Speakers built for the great outdoors
Whether you are relaxing in the garden, on the terrace, or by the pool, the experience is enhanced by music. Why limit the enjoyment of your hi-fi to the house when there are great opportunities to enjoy the music in the great outdoors?
Environmental testing simulating exposure to sunlight, rain, heat, ice, salt and water prove these outdoor speakers can endure and still deliver reliable, long-lasting performance.
Fabulous outdoor showers
An outdoor shower is a great place to rinse off after a swim in the pool, or a trip to the beach. The outdoor shower is definitely part of the trend of people bringing the outdoors in, with people now building outdoor bathrooms, kitchens and even outdoor bedrooms.
An outdoor shower can become a feature in your garden or veranda area, or complete an outdoor living space.
If you love resort style living then an outdoor shower is for you.