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Survey shows upscale backyards are on the rise

By RST Brands
March 2, 2014

Nowadays, a home's living space is being extend to the backyard. Simple patiosare being revamped to feature upscale accommodations that focus on Entertainment and comfort. According to MSN, 48 percent of 600 residential architecture firms questioned in a survey revealed upscale landscaping is on the rise, in a study conducted by theAmerican Institute of Architects.

"When you extend your living space outside, suddenly you have so much more space for living in general," Michelle Kodis, author of "Ultimate Backyard," told the source. "If you want to raise the value of your home, start thinking about ways to add structural interest and comfort to your backyard, patio, deck, side yard - you name it."

Here are some must-have features for a modern outdoor living area:

Summer kitchens

Outdoor kitchens aren't a fad, they are trend that is here to stay. Kitchens are a natural gathering space in any home, and you add extra Entertainment space by creating this outdoor cooking area. Go further than just bringing a grill into your backyard-have a contractor install a sink, counter and bar area. Then all you needare patio dining chairs and a table to complete your outdoor kitchen.

Water features

The sound of running water can be therapeutic for many people. Additionally, the look of a water feature adds more style to your backyard. So consider adding a fountain or pond in your outdoorspace. A waterfall fountain willadd lavish touch to your a garden space while a pond can be home to a variety of exotic fish. It can also be a conversation starter when you have guests over for dinner parties.

Lounging zones

Don't limit yourself to one lounge space in your backyard. Create different seating areas outside your home to mimic the flow in your indoor living space.Outdoor sectionals can be added to your main gathering space while a smaller patio bistro set is perfect for acozynook in your backyard. Place a patio hammock near your flower garden for a spaceto unwind after a long day. You can install a patio umbrella near a sunny spot for some coverage.

Outdoor fireplaces

It can be chilly in the evening, so add an outdoor fireplacekeep your guests warm. Firepits can be installed in the center of your backyard space for a communal gathering spot. However, opting for a fireplace that is built into your home provides a luxurty elementand saves space in your backyard.