Outside Entertainment Areas are GardenWise
Heat up Your Outdoor Space!
Many homeowners over the years have asked us to transform their outside spaces into cozy and intimate areas to gather with family and friends. It became more of a trend beginning in 2008 as the uncertain economy prompted folks to spend more time at home. I call these small, safe, and intimate areas cocoon spaces and in addition to giving homeowners an inspiring new garden area to escape to with friends, these spaces can increase a home’s value by as much as 15%.
The cocoon trend continues into 2011, but this year we’re turning up the heat! Because of recent technologies and new options from manufacturers, outdoor kitchens and fireplace/pits have become easier and much more affordable to install. A small and thoughtfully designed outdoor kitchen area gives your home a new gathering spot, and an outdoor fireplace or fire pit adds a multi-seasonal cozy spot for intimate conversations with family & friends. And by using a mix of recycled stone and hardscape materials purchased from local artists and quarries, you can take a new “green” step in your garden space.