Summer is here and most of us love nothing more than to be outside enjoying the warm weather after a long cold Chicago winter. What better way to enjoy the outdoors than in your own backyard. We don’t realize that our backyard is, and can be used as an extension of our home.
 
For years we have been hearing about “bringing the outdoors in” by creating a garden oasis inside our homes, however more recently there has been a new movement of people bringing the comforts of indoors into their backyards. As reported in the Chicago Sun Times, homeowners are transforming their backyards into “specialty rooms” that may include outdoor kitchens, bars, TV’s and heaters for those cooler nights.
 
In the Chicago Sun Times article, Our backyards are new extra room, author Frank Fontana goes into detail about some of the things homeowners are doing to create this extra outdoor living space for entertaining or simply to enjoy as your own personal retreat.
 
A few of the new backyard summer trends mentioned include:
 
  • Fire Pits and Full Fireplaces
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Backyard Theaters
Read more about how to transform your backyard into an extension of your home for gathering, entertaining and enjoying the summer, outdoors.
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