In the South, we are fortunate to enjoy comfortable outdoor temperatures nearly year-round. Now, more and more, homeowners want an outdoor space that is as well designed and functional as their indoor space. Entertainment centers, kitchens, and lighting are migrating outdoors. Classic’s outdoor living spaces have consistently ranked as one of the most popular areas in their Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Homes.

Two of the most popular outdoor features are fireplaces and fire pits. Warm and inviting, they extend the outdoor living season into the colder months. Comfortable seating around these focal points, along with colorful throws, add visual dynamics and some snuggle to your outdoor gatherings.

Aside from outdoor architecture that includes sun, shade, and shelter, be sure to include a variety of seating options. Along with tables and chairs, the new trend is day beds or hammocks. They offer a comfortable place to recline with a good book or take a snooze. Daybeds come in a variety of forms and hammocks are much more than the cotton rope variety we see in movies and photographs. With a variety of designs and fabrics, they add a colorful accent and respite from a busy day.

There are many ways to design and arrange an outdoor living area. The important thing is to make it uniquely yours with colors you love and features that you and your family will enjoy year after year.