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Top 5 Outdoor Living Trend Predictions for 2018

Now that the ball has dropped and we’re faced with several more weeks of cold weather, many of us need something to look forward to – like warm sunshine and barbeques! Here are a few outdoor living trends for 2018 you can expect to enjoy.

Bringing the inside out. The trend of turning a patio, deck or outdoor space into an additional living area with modern amenities and accessories will continue to blossom. Expect to see rugs, sofas, televisions and eye-catching lighting fixtures used in these areas. Decking is having a moment too, as manufacturers introduce composite deck boards that mimic the distressed look and texture of interior hardwood flooring. For those who want an enclosed escape, backyard sheds will continue to be an attractive, low-cost way to extend the square footage of the home.

Color craze. Bold color is no longer limited to interior walls and furniture. Homeowners will have more options than ever before to make their outdoor space fit their personalities, from throw pillows to patterned rugs to curtains. If you want color that’s a little more permanent, consider outdoor tiling. Tile in pretty colors and prints creates a unique addition to an outdoor living room.

Fire features heat up. Whether it’s in the wilderness or on a patio, few features make spending time outside more enjoyable than a fire. In addition to serving as a natural gathering spot, a fire feature also extends the amount of time you can use your outdoor living space. Look for outdoor fireplaces to become the focal point of the porch or patio, with TVs and artwork hug above just as you would see indoors. Where a fireplace isn’t an option, attractive fire pits can serve the same purpose.

Outdoor connectivity. Homeowners want to stay connected to their favorite technologies, even when they’re in the pool or on the patio. Weatherproof TV and film screens, hidden patio speakers and extended Wi-Fi connections will let you enjoy a great viewing experience whether it’s hot or cold, rain or shine.

Edible gardens. Why mow when you can have a garden that produces your first dinner course? Many homeowners are discovering what our great-grandparents took for granted: having a home garden is convenient, budget-friendly and a great step toward a healthier lifestyle.

Connect With LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®

Do you need an outdoor shed to complete your outdoor living space, or a garden shed to store tools and supplies? LP offers a unique collection of engineered wood building products designed specifically for use in sheds, barns and outdoor structures. These products provide lasting durability, beautiful finishes and style options far beyond those of your typical backyard storage sheds. Learn more at a shed dealer near you.

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HOW TO USE THE LP® SMARTSIDE® HOME VISUALIZER

Planning to refresh your home’s trim and fascia? Hoping to change the exterior entirely with a full re-side project? No matter your plans, choosing siding and trim colors can be difficult. Mentally visualizing how your home will look with a new product is a challenge—and it’s even tougher to imagine the amount of change even just updating trim will bring. That’s where the LP® SmartSide® Home Visualizer, a siding visualizer tool, comes in. This free tool can help you explore home siding ideas to find the best siding color combinations for your home. Read more to find out how to use the tool—and why LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding can make all the difference for your home.

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Selecting LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding with Liz Marie Galvan

Re-siding your home is a significant investment and a long-term decision on your home’s look. One of the first steps to siding a house is choosing a siding material that fits your needs. Being involved as you review types of siding and cost can give you confidence in your plans and peace of mind that the materials you choose are built to last. Liz Marie Galvan of the Liz Marie Blog shares her journey toward choosing LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding for her upcoming home re-siding project.

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Checklist for How to Hire a Contractor

In this hiring a contractor checklist you’ll find expert guidance in connecting with the right contractor for your re-side project, including questions to ask and quick tips.

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A Deep Dive into the LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Limited Warranty

Let’s break down the limited warranty for LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding so you can be one step closer to choosing one of the most durable siding solutions on the market.