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Outdoor Living5 min

Top Backyard Trends to Try Now

Late fall and winter are the perfect times to start thinking about how you will prep your outdoor living area for next year’s season of outdoor entertaining. Check out some of the hottest backyard trends to jumpstart your planning.

  • Container gardens. The perfect small-space solution, the container garden works for green thumbs regardless of location. With city populations increasing and backyards getting smaller, more and more people are choosing to do their gardening in pots. The rising popularity of organic produce is another reason container gardening is now trending.
  • Natural hardscapes. Give your backyard a designed look by implementing hardscape features such as stone retaining walls, paver patios or meandering pathways. If you’re talking about a large-scale makeover, it’s often a good idea to enlist a landscape designer to plan your hardscape, even if you don’t plan on doing everything at once.
  • Arbors. An arbor adds color, fragrance and texture to the garden and shares some of the benefits of the container garden: it’s ideal for small spaces and reduces the need for the gardener to stoop and bend. When covered with vines and climbing plants, an arbor also enhances privacy by screening the view from the neighbor’s yard.
  • Indoor set-ups outside. The indoors has taken over the outdoors with everything you’d find in a living room now made for outdoor living. Add plenty of colorful pillows to spice up your backyard patio furniture and give it a cozier feel. If you’re shopping for patio furniture, designs that mix materials, such as metal and wood, are currently trending.
  • Add a statement piece. A shed, pergola or another outdoor structure can give your backyard a wow factor in terms of aesthetics, and can also be used as an extension of your living space. Engineered wood products from LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® combine the beauty you want for your backyard with the durability needed for an outdoor structure.

Connect With LP Outdoor Building Solutions

Do you need a 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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Renovation5 min

Start Planning Now for Your Dream Exterior Remodel

If you’re considering an exterior home remodel this spring or summer, now is the perfect time to start planning. Whether you want to take on a simple exterior remodel or totally change the exterior of your house, being prepared and building a detailed home project plan can help reduce your stress and help keep you on budget.

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Trends5 min
Your Biggest Exterior Design Trend Questions for 2020, Answered

It’s hard to imagine we’re living in the year 2020. While we’re not surrounded by robotic butlers and flying cars, home design trends in 2020 will feel revolutionary in style, texture and color. Whether you’re looking at new home building trends for 2020 or want to update your current home’s exterior design, we’re tackling your biggest design questions and providing ideas for inspiration.

Trends4 min
2020 Color Predictions to Guide Your Home’s Paint Color Selection

It’s that exciting time of the year when paint industry pros unveil their new paint colors. 2020 is already a landmark event, marking the start of a brand-new decade. Will it be known by bold, upbeat shades or demure neutrals?

Trends3 min
Design Focus: Dutch Colonials

If you live in the Northeast, your home is likely to represent or be surrounded by great examples of Dutch Colonial architecture. While the traditional Colonial home is a quintessential American design, the Dutch Colonial style is different, and made popular by Dutch Colonists who settled in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut areas in the mid-1600s.