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Northern Cincinnati Backyards Have Archadeck Outdoor Living Written All Over Them

A recent trend report confirms what residents of Cincinnati and Northern Cincinnati have known for year; Outdoor Living Space is More Valuable Than Ever Before.

Ever since the COVID 19 pandemic modified much of collective behavior, volumes of scientific research prove the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature.

Since that event first raised its head, dealing with keeping COVID at a safe distance has kept the majority of us at home of late. In fact, 90 percent of Americans with outdoor living space have been taking greater advantage of their decks, porches and patios, and consider their outdoor living space is more valuable than ever before.

Cincinnati Leisure Time Outdoors Has Taken On A Whole New Meaning

According to a survey conducted for the International Casual Furnishings Association, people are doing more relaxing, grilling, gardening, exercising, dining, playing with pets and children, and entertaining outdoors.

man and woman hugging near a bike on a deck

Residents of Cincinnati and Northern Cincinnati, in tune with the majority of Americans, do not just want their decks, patios and porches to be aesthetically pleasing showpieces, they want to get real use out of them.

family on outdoor patio grilling food

53% want to create enjoyable and functional space. Other top reasons include the ability to entertain (36%) and to create a private retreat (34%).

When it comes to adding value, financial and emotional considerations are now taken into effect. While building financial equity is great, most homeowners are more interested in building spaces that work for them now.

74% of homeowners use their patios for relaxation, while nearly three in five use them for socializing with family and friends. 51% of them use their outdoor spaces for cooking.

women and child sitting at an outdoor table near outdoor kitchen

In the recent past, as far back as the beginning of 2020, we were focused on creating outdoor spaces that complement our homes and lifestyles – today we are creating outdoor spaces that supplement our sense of wellbeing and transform an outdoor area into an outdoor room.

Cincinnati Outdoor Living Spaces That Our Clients Are Asking For

At Archadeck, one of our mantras is, “If you can dream it, we can design and build it” – to perfection.

outdoor kitchen near a firepit

Case in point is the increasing demand for outdoor kitchen. Of all the exterior home details now available to Archadeck customers, outdoor kitchens reign supreme. The Fixr Trends for Outdoor Living Spaces states 61% of respondents rank outdoor kitchens as the most popular feature.

The NKBA reports similar popularity with its respondents (60%), and the Brown Jordan Outdoor Living Report says 65% of American homeowners aged 35 to 44 cite a full outdoor kitchen as very important if they were designing an outdoor space.

What Makes Archadeck Outdoor Kitchens The New “Must Have” Feature Of Decks And Patios Here In Northern Cincinnati?

Sought-after advancements in outdoor kitchen technology and design trends may have emerged in recent years, so it's a good idea to consult with your Archadeck outdoor kitchen designer for the latest trends and recommendations when planning your outdoor kitchen.

Here is what we are noticing of late:

  1. Grill: A high-quality grill is the centerpiece of most Cincinnati outdoor kitchens. Homeowners often opt for built-in gas grills, which come in various sizes and styles, including infrared and charcoal grills for added versatility.

poolside covered porch with outdoor kitchen

  1. Countertops: Durable and easy-to-clean countertops are essential for food preparation and serving. Popular choices include granite, concrete, tile, and natural stone. Countertops should provide ample workspace for cooking and serving.
  1. Storage: Adequate storage is crucial for keeping cooking utensils, grill accessories, and cooking ingredients close at hand. Cabinets, drawers, and shelves designed to withstand outdoor conditions are commonly included.
  1. Sink and Faucet: An outdoor sink with a faucet makes food prep and cleanup more convenient. It allows you to wash dishes, vegetables, and hands without having to go inside.
  1. Refrigerator: Did you ever think that you would see a refrigerator in your backyard? Today outdoor refrigerators keep beverages and perishable items cold, reducing the need to go back and forth between the indoor and outdoor kitchen. It's particularly useful for outdoor entertaining.
  1. Cooking Surfaces: In addition to the grill, outdoor kitchens may include other cooking surfaces such as side burners, griddles, smokers, and pizza ovens to expand cooking options.
  1. Bar Seating: A bar or counter with seating is a popular feature, allowing guests to sit and chat with the cook while enjoying a meal or drink. Bar stools or outdoor seating options are often incorporated.
  1. Lighting: Adequate lighting is crucial for nighttime cooking and entertaining. Task lighting over the grill and prep areas, as well as ambient and decorative lighting, can enhance the overall ambiance.
  1. Fire Features: Some outdoor kitchens incorporate fire features such as fire pits or outdoor fireplaces. These provide warmth, a focal point, and an inviting atmosphere.

outdoor kitchen

10. Ventilation: Proper ventilation, often in the form of a range hood or exhaust fan, helps dissipate smoke and cooking odors, keeping the outdoor kitchen more comfortable for the chef of the house and your alfresco dinner guests.

11. Outdoor Dining Area: Adjacent to the outdoor kitchen, homeowners often include a dining area with a table and chairs or an outdoor dining set for comfortable meals. Archadeck will custom design your outdoor dining areas to deliver the kind of aesthetic and functionality you crave.

12. Shade and Cover: To protect against sun and rain, many of our Northern Cincinnati area outdoor kitchens have pergolas, retractable awnings, or built-in roofs to provide shade and shelter.

view of pergola and outdoor kitchen

13. Outdoor Sound System: Integrated outdoor sound systems can enhance the entertainment experience, providing music or audio for gatherings.

14. Outdoor TVs: Some homeowners install weatherproof Smart outdoor televisions to watch sporting events or movies while cooking or entertaining – especially on golf and football weekends.

The Must-Have Porch And Patio Features

Having a serene place to sit outside is the greatest – there is nothing better than catching some fresh air and enjoying a change of scenery. If you spent all spring creating a beautiful garden or landscape design, porches and patios are the perfect places to admire your hard work.

open porch with large stone fireplace

Though they’re both relaxing areas of your home to kick back with a nice beverage for some time alone, they’re not the same. A porch is attached to an exterior wall of the house and features an overhang or covering, while a patio is a paved surface usually located at the side or back of a home that usually isn’t covered.

The best thing about decorating your porch or patio is the flexibility you have with design. This means you get to play around with how you set up your space and tailor it entirely to you. The traditional staple for most front porches is a pair of rocking chairs to relax in with a nice beverage by your side. A nice set of comfortable outdoor furniture is a must for your back patio to enjoy the scenery and time outside.

screened in porch with seating area, fireplace and electric heater

Decorating a porch or a patio depends on whether you plan on hosting or relaxing more in the space. Other than hanging festive bistro string lights from the ceiling that sway when there is a gentle breeze, something else to consider is entertainment. Be sure to mention this to your Archadeck design consultant when meeting. When the porch is being built, one of the cool things you have an opportunity to do is put some blocking in the walls if it's attached to the house so you can mount a Smart TV on the back porch.

The Popularity Of Outdoor Rooms Increases Every Day

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in creating outdoor rooms with comfortable seating, rugs, and lighting to make the outdoor space an extension of the indoors.

screened in porch with living room set up

Also interesting is that sustainability is a consideration for some homeowners, with features like native plants, and eco-friendly building materials.

Smart technology is increasingly integrated into many of our outdoor living spaces, including smart lighting and sound systems.

Explore How Archadeck Can Take Your Leisure Living To The Next Level

Call us at 937-563-4847; or click right here to schedule your free outdoor living design consultation.

Roger Miller, owner Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio.

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