Whether you live in Ashland, Framingham, or any of the other communities surrounding Boston, chances are you selected your home in part to enjoy the beautiful landscape. Outdoor living is becoming more and more part of our lives, especially as families embrace gardening, barbecue, and play as the ideal way to spend leisure time. The trends in porch and patio design reflect this.
One big trend you’ll want to know about when you’re planning your porch, deck or patio addition is the rise of urban farming. Built in planters where you can raise your own salad greens, tomatoes and vegetables are both stylish and functional. There’s no limit except your imagination: talk to your Ashland building contractor about designs that accommodate dwarf fruit trees or support grape vines.
Plan on thinking big when adding a porch or patio. Outdoor furniture designs are getting larger – think chaise lounges ideal for a relaxing afternoon snuggling with your special someone! You’ll need space to make sure you can fit an outdoor dining table and chairs, barbecue, and other outdoor living essentials.
One great trend we’re seeing is the development of the play patio. Often enclosed, these spaces are designed to be safe for small children, allowing them to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine without the risk of them wandering out of the yard and into traffic. Great for parents who work from home too!
Asian elements, including the use of embedded rock gardens and black fencing, are heavily influencing landscape design. Simple lines create a serene atmosphere: perfect for homeowners who want their homes to offer a restful retreat from the stress and tension of the world. Porch design can incorporate this feel by using multiple levels, portable screens or shades to create privacy, and strategic finish choices.
Now is the time to start talking to your Ashland building contractor about your porch plans for 2014!