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2019 Trends in Outdoor Living for Orange County, CA

2019 Trends in Outdoor Living for Orange County, CA

The need to maintain real human connections in the digital age has greatly influenced the design elements of the outdoor living movement. A simple patio with weatherproof chairs and portable grill just won’t do the trick anymore. People want a comfortable spot to connect with family and friends that replicates, and in many cases exceeds, the comfort of their indoor gathering spots. With that in mind, here are some of the prevailing trends that can be expected to continue to gain popularity in the coming year.

Contemporary Outdoor Design

Contemporary Outdoor Design Trends 2019

Current outdoor living spaces are definitely following the interior design trend toward the clean lines of contemporary design. People normally associate modular-shaped pavers with contemporary design, but that isn’t necessarily true. The textures and colors used can also sway a look towards a more contemporary feel. Although modular-shaped pavers are expected to continue to rise in popularity, expect to see an increase in smoother textures in various styles of pavers. The contemporary trend also leans towards monochromatic color schemes with pops of color.

Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

Each year, the Pantone® Color Institute declares an official Color of the Year, which influences many of the design trends. The company recently announced “Living Coral” as the 2019 Color of the Year. This color can be incorporated into outdoor living design in a number of ways. Some pavers have hues of coral incorporated into the color blend. There are also many paver styles with complementary colors that can work well in conjunction with Living Coral. Living Coral can also be used as an accent color for pillows, umbrellas and decorative accessories.

Entanglement with Nature

Nature Elements Outdoor Living Trends

One of the hottest up-and-coming trends is to “entangle” hardscape installations with the surrounding landscape. This can be done in several ways. Pavers can be entangled with adjacent grass or gardens in a “fade away” effect. This effect is even more dramatic when used with plank-style pavers. Another, more formal application of this idea is to use porcelain pavers spaced out with strips of grass to create a checkerboard or stepping stone pattern.

Natural Textured Walls

Textured Walls Outdoor Living Space Trends

More and more homeowners are requesting retaining and free standing walls that have natural stone textures. Trending styles include walls that offer the look of tumbled stone or chiseled stone. Homeowners are also increasingly drawn to wall installation patterns with clean, contemporary lines.

Gray and “Greige” Tones

Gray Brick Pavers Outdoor Living Trends

From light gray to charcoal, gray tones continue to dominate current hardscape trends. However, an up-and-coming trend is starting to lean back toward warmer tones. This transitionary color phase is coined “greige”… a blending of grey and beige tones. Homeowners across the country are currently looking for these muted gray/tan color blends in hardscapes for their ability to work well with both warm and cool design palettes.

Blurring Transitions from Inside to Outside

Outdoor Living Space Design Trends

One of the biggest trends in new home and remodeling is the blurring of the line between the indoor and outdoor. This involves much more than windows and patio doors. Fully folding walls and screens are being installed that allow spaces such as a family room to open and create a seamless transition into the outdoor space. Or, a standard kitchen can become an outdoor one in warmer months with the flip of a switch.

Linear and Large Format Pavers

Linear Pavers Outdoor Living Trends

The trend toward larger and more linear pavers continues to grow at a rapid pace. Not only are consumers looking for clean, modular textures, they are leaning toward plank-style pavers, and very large format slab pavers.

Formal Water Features

Outdoor Living Space Water Features

People love the soothing sound of running water, and the trend of incorporating formal water features into outdoor designs is growing at an exponential rate. With our busy lifestyles, however, consumers also want a water feature that is simple to take care of — adding beauty, ambiance and value to the outdoor living space without additional maintenance time and cost.

Outdoor Lighting Trends

Outdoor Lighting

The vast majority of time spent in most outdoor spaces is in the evening and on weekends. Because of this, outdoor living trends are moving towards well-designed built-in lighting systems. With today’s LED technology and smart phone apps, installing an automated lighting system has never been easier. However, this type of system is not very easy to retrofit after-the-fact and is more common in new construction. For existing outdoor living spaces, expect to see a continued increase in landscape lighting and durable string light options, like commercial grade Edison-style LED string lights.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

drought-friendly backyards in Orange County CA

Landscape Design: Creating a Drought-Friendly Yard in Orange County, CA

North Orange County Hardscape Landscape Design Pavers with drought-friendly plants front yard3D Design of drought-friendly landscape design in north Orange County, CA

 

No matter the yard space or style of home, sustainable landscape design is easy. Living in a drought is easy to forget, but just because Orange County has water restrictions doesn’t mean you have to give up your home’s plant life. All you need are a couple tips to keep in mind.

drought resistant native landscape design in north Orange County, CAFinished project of geometric paver patio remodel and California drought-resistant shrubs

 

For starters, the most obvious tip is you need to select actual plant life that is drought-resistant. You’d think this would go without saying, but plants that are drought-friendly go beyond merely requiring little water to stay alive.

When the phrase “drought-resistance” is used in landscaping, it means an eco-friendly, sustainably conscious, and low carbon footprint approach to carefully selected living greenery that not only surrounds your property, but thrives in it as well.

While this usually requires an expert eye, it’s easy enough to get an answer (simply visit our design center for starters to get some direction if needed). Selecting the right landscape to meet your hardscape is absolutely possible, and the design process is a lot of fun too.

 

California native poppy is a great choice for a drought-friendly flower in Orange County!

 

Perhaps the most important tip that’s a must is to use native plant life that is drought-resistant. Plants native to Southern California are already accustomed to growing in the local climate in which it’s found.

There are almost too many indigenous flowers, shrubs, seedlings, and bushes to count that can be found in Orange County:

  • Catalina Mariposa Lily
  • Chamise
  • Sticky Phacelia
  • Wild Morning Glory
  • Alkali Mallow
  • Bush Sunflower
  • Heartleaf Penstemon
  • Baby Blue Eyes
  • Punch Bowl Godetia
  • and many, many, many more beautiful Californian native plants!

Even the super bloom of wild flowers, particularly the California poppy, made national headlines with its colors spread out across the hills. And they make a perfect garden flower variety − especially if you live in Orange County!

Backyard Ideas Tip #3: Get a Landscape/Hardscape Construction Blueprint

So you’ve finally decided to get around to that home project you’ve been dreaming of. Great!

You research around and find the best reviewed masonry contractor and landscaper in the area. The contractor takes measurements at your home and discusses your project with you. Everything is coming together and sounds amazing.

Just then comes a surprise most homeowners are not aware of…a hardscape/landscape construction blueprint is needed.

2D Hardscape/Landscape Construction Blueprint for Pavers Remodel & Artificial Turf Placement in Lake Forest, CA

The above example illustrates a proper construction blueprint, which is comprised of exact measurements, materials used and where, accurate labeling, proper scaling, installation specifications, and even identifiers such as company name and homeowner contact info (which has been censored here for privacy)

Most homeowners also don’t realize that almost all masonry contractors aren’t able to create this necessary blueprint to guide them through the construction process. They usually refer you to a designer and bill you separately − an unexpected cost to say the least.

Creating a construction blueprint requires a very particular skillset that combines art design with developmental science. Most designers go to trade schools to become proficient in this area.

Even more important, this blueprint ensures there’s no surprises for not only the contractor, but the homeowner as well. Namely, it provides very specific expectations so as to eliminate any possible surprises that may arise during construction. Because as we all know, any surprise during outdoor space renovations means more money out of the homeowner’s pockets.

So make sure your contractor uses a construction blueprint and sticks to it exactly. This will save you from a lot of unnecessary headaches, and save you money and time as well.

Home Project Highlight: Interlocking Paverstone Pool Remodel with Outdoor Fireplace in Villa Park, CA

2D Outdoor Space Construction Blueprint for House in Villa Park, CA

Our unique integrative construction process involves coming out to your home and taking precise measurements, showing you 3D renderings of exactly what your home project will look like, and providing construction blueprints to the best local residential contractor in your area!

Outdoor Space Remodel in Villa Park, CA

Home Project: Paver Pool Remodel and Outdoor Fireplace with Landscaping

Location: Villa Park, CA

Designer: Simple Outdoor Living

Contractor: Organic (no one contractor)

Suppliers/Materials:

  • Interlocking Paverstones
  • Outdoor Stone Fireplace

Measure twice, construction once!

Drone Aerial View of Outdoor Space Remodel Project in Villa Park, CA
3D Aerial View of Outdoor Space Remodel with Pavers in Villa Park, CA

Latest in residential construction technology

Most accurate outdoor space measurements available in Orange County.

 

Drones, laser tape measures, 25 year expertise…

and much, much more!

But see the results for yourself…

3D Paver Pool Remodel (Day)
3D Pool Remodel & Outdoor Fireplace (Day)
3D Paver Pool Remodel (Night)
3D Pool Remodel & Outdoor Fireplace (Night)

Stay tuned for article updates showing photos of this finished home project!

Backyard Ideas Tip #2: Outdoor Lighting

What We Do For Your Home Project in Orange County, CA!

 

You want your backyard remodel done right the first time without hassle or haggling, all with your overall budget in mind. No problem, because we are the first and only construction integration company in Orange County, CA

This means we help with every step of your home project: from beginning to end! We bring outdoor designers, masonry and paver contractors, and local material suppliers all under one convenient roof for the homeowner. No more guesswork needed from any party involved because this is your outdoor remodel we’re talking about.

 

Some of the tools we use to measure your outdoor living space!

 

In our new design center in Anaheim, CA we have it all…from the latest in 3D design and project cost analysis, to local contractor bidding and best material selection. This ensures you save time, money, and convenience every time.

But come check it out for yourself! Visit our new design center and see what all the fuss is about.

 

3490 E. ORANGETHORPE AVE. ANAHEIM, CA 92806

714-388-5878

Home Project Highlight: Paver Patio Remodel with Outdoor BBQ in Signal Hill, CA

Just look at these comparisons between our 3D renderings and the finished home project!

Simple Outdoor Living saved this homeowner time and money by connecting them to both an outdoor living designer and several high-rated masonry contractors to bid on their home project for them. And the results are simply beautiful to say the least.

Home Project: Paver Patio Remodel and Stone BBQ with Landscaping and Outdoor Lighting

Location: Signal Hill, CA

Designer: Enrique

Contractor: West Hills Masonry in Anaheim, CA

Suppliers/Materials:

  • Duracool Aluminum Patio Covers,
  • Belgard Outdoor Living,
  • Site One Supply,
  • Hunter Industries,
  • Eldorado Stone and Belgard Pavers from Thompson Building Materials

 

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First and Only Construction Integration Company in Orange County, CA

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So, you’ve decided that it’s finally time to remodel the yard. Ok, so where do you start?

  • Maybe talking to contractors about your project?
  • Or possibly consult with a designer?
  • Which type of material products should you use?
  • How much should you budget for the project?
  • Do you really need to have a design?
  • Will my contractor even be qualified!?

Remodeling can be frustrating, expensive, and can take an incredible amount of your time to prepare (even before getting started) . . . Why have we tolerated this confusing and broken process, and couldn’t, no…SHOULDN’T, something be done to help homeowners and contractors work more efficiently together?

 

Simple Outdoor Living was specifically formed to solve these problems. We created a new process that gives our clients complete convenience, choice and control over their project design and budget. This saves you both time and money, and also saves you from a lot of unnecessary headaches.

 

 

Step 1 – Consultation – First, we meet with you at your house to discuss your home project goals. We take measurements and pictures, and make design suggestions to match your vision.

Step 2 – Presentation – You then visit us at our new design center located in beautiful Anaheim, CA to review your design, make changes (if necessary), as well as look over different materials we have displayed throughout the store.

Step 3 – Completed Design – Lastly, we’ll email you your 3D design to show you exactly what your home project will look like before construction even begins. We’ll also provide a 2D plan with exact specifications for contractors to work off of so there’s no surprises throughout the construction process.

 

3D rendering of patio and pool remodel in Anaheim Hills, CA

 

We’ll even have several of the best-rated contractors in your area bid on your project for you (all fully licensed, bonded, and certified of course) — this ensures you get the fairest price without compromising on the quality of their work.

 

Here at Simple Outdoor Living, we get it. We were previously contractors with 25+ years of experience, and we developed practical design experience along the way. This gives us a very unique advantage, a completely unbiased perspective when planning your design within your budget.

Our mission is simple: we help integrate the construction of your project by referring you to qualified and vetted contractors so you can receive estimates, and select the best contractor to award your project.

5 Ways to Build a Better Outdoor Living Space in Orange County, CA

Your outdoor space can either add beauty to your home and bring people together, or simply be an area of burden and upkeep. If you’re keen to building the former, there are many creative ideas that can help make your outdoor living space a more pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere, and without spending a fortune. Below we share five of those ideas to help you create a better outdoor living space.

 

Outdoor BBQ Built in North Orange County, CA

 

Outdoor patios are the perfect gathering space positioned just outside your home. Not only can patios be built using a wide variety of materials, ranging from wood to stone brick pavers, but patios can also help make your house appear bigger than it actually is. They offer many uses ranging from relaxation areas to hosting spaces. If you add the right furniture to the patio, you can create a second living room that caters to hosting gatherings, parties, and even outdoor picnics.

Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits

Like indoor fireplaces, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits come available in different varieties ranging from gas to wood fired and coral limestone to bonfire pit designs. You can choose either style depending on the type of your house and the type of fuel you prefer. For those with large patio spaces, outdoor fireplaces add a layer of elegance and inviting warmth. Fire pits, however, are typically better for backyards and open spaces that call the homestead to join around the fire.

 

3D Design of Outdoor Living Space in North Orange County, CA

 

Other than adding beauty, outdoor fire pits and fireplaces are great at keeping you warm when it gets chilly. Not only do such improvements inspire conversations and gathers, but you can keep your guests warm when sitting on the patio. In addition, you can choose a multipurpose fireplace such as one that doubles as a grill to get more functionalities and add value to your investment. Or for something simple, consider outdoor fire pit kits that can be easily built and enjoyed in the same day.

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