What if you could work, play, cook gourmet-quality meals, watch films on the big screen, and shop at your own personal farmers market, without leaving your backyard? For many, remote work is here to stay and our living spaces have become the center of personal and professional life like never before. To get the most out of your home, think outside the box — literally! – with our top 5 outdoor trends for Summer 2022.
1) Outdoor Offices
We’ve all heard of the outdoor kitchen – more on that later – but have you seen an outdoor office? Depending on the size and privacy of your outdoor space, your setup can be as simple as an extension cord and a deck chair, or go all-in with a shaded cabana, weatherproof furniture, and a wifi extender. Be the envy of every Zoom call!
2) Pizza Ovens
Takeout pizza is good, but crispy, blazing-hot pies from your own pizza oven are much better. Easy to use and fun to learn, an outdoor pizza oven is one trend that never goes out of style. Portable outdoor ovens come in many different sizes and offer propane and/or woodburning heating options.
3) Home Movies
Immerse yourself in the thrill of films on the big screen at home. A sheet or pop-up screen, a Bluetooth speaker, and a projector will bring the movie theater to your backyard. No need to plug in the laptop as most projectors are portable, small and, and can connect via Bluetooth to your phone. For a nostalgic twist, set it up like a drive-in movie theater and watch an old Hollywood classic from the car.
4) Fire Pits
Backyard fire pits are a popular and easy way to enjoy the warmth and light of a campfire at home. From roasting marshmallows to telling ghost stories and watching the stars, even city dwellers can experience the joy of camping out. Choose from large pits in the center of a seating area or portable and apartment-friendly patio sets and tabletop options. Just make sure to double-check your building’s or association’s rules.
5) Vegetable Gardens
Bring the lush, flavorful abundance of an edible garden to your backyard or windowsill. Not only is growing your food a rewarding and healthy pastime – it’s also a great decision for your wallet and your planet. Start small with an herb pot in your kitchen or plot out a garden to rival any farmer’s market.
Published: July 12, 2022
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