Outdoor Living Trends: Lanai and Patio Design

Posted on August 4th, 2011 by

As promised in our last post about sophisticated outdoor spaces, today we’re going to discuss lanai and patio design trends more in depth.

Lanai space is used every day, and it’s as simple as walking into another room. It’s a true extension of the primary indoor living and entertaining area, which includes the kitchen and hearth rooms. Current covered lanais tend to feature outdoor fireplaces, grilling and kitchen centers, fully functioning bars, a television, music, architectural lighting and so on; essentially, they go all out!

Patios are used more on the weekends or as weather and time permit. Patios these days tend to include fire pits, spas, outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens, swimming pools, architectural lighting—you get the drift. These spaces, like lanais, are becoming very sophisticated.

This photo of the Outdoor Living Show Home landscaping also gives you a look at the home's lanai.

You may remember that the Smiths are passionate about cooking and baking, entertaining, being outdoors and having frequent family gatherings, which is why the resulting design for them and the Outdoor Living Show Home included a covered lanai in seamless proximity to the kitchen and hearth rooms, where they will spend most of their time.

How do you use your outdoor living spaces?

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