Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2015

As March rolls in and we move towards spring I am sure we are all happy to bid adieu to the coldest Ontario winter in 40 years!  Very soon we’ll be spending a lot more time outdoors.  To get you in the spirit and to help you think about your outdoor space, we’ve summarized the Top 10 Outdoor Living Trends for 2015.  In the broadest sense, the concept of “Outdoor Living” is an increasingly popular trend that involves extending your indoor space to the outside.  Or as we like to put it “Bringing the indoors out”.

Trend # 1:  Outdoor Rooms

Your outdoor space can be as comfy and inviting as your indoors.  We are creating distinct outdoor rooms or spaces for separate uses such as cooking, dining, lounging, playing and  storing.  Apart from being extremely functional, creating separate outdoor rooms makes the space infinitely more interesting and aesthetically pleasing.

Trend # 2:  Increasing use of Vertical Structures

Not unlike your indoor space, vertical structures such as walls, screens, pergolas and planters help define and separate outdoor rooms.  They also serve to provide increasingly sought-after privacy, encourage traffic flows and camouflage unwanted views.  By their nature, vertical structures do not consume a lot of space.  This is especially important when space is a premium.

Trend # 3:  Clean Lines for a Contemporary and Sophisticated Look

Curvilinear geometry in landscaping has given way to rectangular geometry.  Winding pathways and swooping beds are giving way to clean, sleek lines with sharp edges and 90 degree angles.  Simple hues, matte finishes and monochromatic pairings are accentuating this trendy urban vibe.

Trend # 4:  Outdoor Kitchens

The outdoor kitchen is becoming the “heart” of the outdoor home.  They are practical, convenient, functional and can be absolutely spectacular.  A wide range of material selection and outdoor appliances to rival the indoor kitchen.  Guys get their equality in their outdoor kitchen!

Trend # 5:  Water Features

Ah, the soothing sound of water.  Fountains, waterfalls, cascading ponds, rain showers – whatever the execution – water features add ambiance.  They are visually pleasing.  And their sound is not only relaxing, but it can help mitigate external sounds such as neighbour’s activity, traffic or mechanical systems.

Trend # 6:  Fire Features

Not unlike water, the natural element of fire is simply a primal source of satisfaction.  We are building custom wood burning fire pits and fireplaces.  But natural gas fireplaces with custom built-ins are very popular as well.  Fire features not only contribute to the ambiance of a space, but the warmth they bring also helps extend the season and the enjoyment of the space.

Trend # 7:  Fibreglass Swimming Pools

Generally speaking there are 3 types of swimming pools – concrete, vinyl, and fibreglass.  Pool sales in Ontario has been flat over the last several years.  However the sale of Fibreglass Pools has been growing at 6%, at the expense of concrete and vinyl pools.  Their increasing popularity may be attributed to their perceived product superiority – lifetime guarantee, cost-effectiveness and shorter installation time relative to concrete and vinyl.

Trend #8:  Low Maintenance

Today’s time-crunched homeowners are increasingly looking at low maintenance alternatives for their outdoor landscaping space.  Sod is giving way to increased terracing and bigger mulched planting beds with low maintenance plant selections.  Composite decking and fencing is becoming increasingly popular versus wood alternatives.  Real grass is making way for artificial grass and golf greens.

Trend #9:  Edible Landscapes

Gone are the days of separating flowers from vegetables.  The latest trend is blended gardens that incorporate edibles and ornamentals together.  Why not tuck your tomatoes in with your roses?  Chilli Peppers can add a “spice” of colour before they become your salsa.  Your gardens can at once be beautiful and delicious.

Trend # 10:  The Well-Lit Landscape

We often enjoy our landscape once darkness falls.  Customized outdoor lighting can light up your pool, water and fire features, patio, walkways and beds.  With the right lighting, the play of light and shadow gives your outdoor space an intriguing, romantic ambiance.

Which Trends are Right for You?

At Curb Appeal, we have an innate ability to transform outdoor spaces into inspiring and engaging places.  We welcome the opportunity to share our creativity, passion and excellence with you on creating the outdoor space of your dreams.  For the Greater Toronto Area, please email us at info@getcurbappeal.ca and we’ll set up a time to start making your dreams a reality.

Visit us at the GTA Home & Reno Show and Bring Your Dreams to Life!

Curb Appeal Concepts Inc. has once again been selected as the Official Landscaper of the GTA Home and Reno Show.  This year the show runs from February 16-20, 2015 at the International Centre.

It is a great opportunity to start to bring your dreams to life – whether those include an indoor or outdoor kitchen, a new bathroom or a gazebo, a finished basement, or a backyard oasis.  You can see it all at the GTA Home Show.

Drop us a line and we’ll set you up with complimentary tickets.  Then come and visit us at the Feature Home and we’ll chat about your dreams and aspirations.  You’ll feel our passion, energy and creativity – but be forewarned – it is contagious.  If you are ready to see your dreams come to life, we’re ready to work with you to make them a reality.

Please do take us up on our offer – we would be happy to cover your admission to the show and to meet with you in person.

Best Regards,

Peter Bonanno – Founder & Inspirationalist, Curb Appeal Concepts Inc.

Bring your Dreams to Life!

At Curb Appeal Concepts Inc., our Mission is to bring your dreams to life by building inspiring and engaging outdoor spaces.  Whether you crave a front entry with that at-a-glance attractiveness so commonly referred to as “Curb Appeal” or a backyard oasis where you can spend quality time with family and friends, we’re here to make your dreams a reality.

From inspirational concept to exquisite execution, we have the creativity, passion and excellence to bring your outdoor space to life!  And with the weather being what it is and all, cold, dreary, wet – it’s a great time to let our imaginations soar and to dream about the lazy, hazy, sexy days of summer.  Share your dreams with us and we’ll work with you to make them a reality.  Let’s talk about that outdoor kitchen, the pool you’ve always wanted, or the lush gardens you’ve always dreamed about.

Be forewarned – our passion is contagious.  But it’s a good thing.  A very, very good thing.  And one we are pleased to share with our client partners.  We love what we do.  Get Curb Appeal working for you now and your dreams will come to life this summer.

Curb Appeal makes a splash with Leisure Pools Canada

Curb Appeal is proud to be a Certified and Preferred Leisure Pools Canada Installer.  We will be at the National Home Show at the Direct Energy Centre, March 14-23, 2014.

Installing a swimming pool is a long-term investment and like us, our customers need to feel confident that what they’re putting in the ground as their main feature needs to be strong, durable and will last the test of time.  Through its commitment to research and development, Leisure Pools have patented a new technology in composite fiberglass pool manufacturing – Composite Armour TM – that integrates Kevlar and Carbon Fibre to create a pool shell of superiour strength and that allows them to offer a Lifetime Warranty.

In addition, Leisure Pools has developed a modern and innovative range of swimming pool designs and sizes that lead the industry.  Whether your home is contemporary or traditional, whether your pool site is large or small, there’s a Leisure Pools style and size to suit your needs (and budget) perfectly.

Come and visit us at the National Home Show and discover the possibilities when you combine a comprehensive, fully-integrated package of technologically advanced manufacturing with exquisite, hassle-free installation.

We’re with you from start to finish – helping you select the right pool design in the right size and colour, to integrating it with the overall landscape and space to the professional and exquisite fulfillment of all elements.

You’ll be making a splash with family and friends in no time while enhancing the beauty and value of your home.

See you at the show – Booth 3900!

Best Regards,

www.nationalhomeshow.com

Best Regards,

Peter Bonanno
Curb Appeal

SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

BELIEVE IT OR NOT…SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER!

It’s a messy, slushy day in late February in the GTA.  But the days are getting longer… and spring is just around the corner!

Ah spring – a time of renewal and growth.  And what better time for the team at Curb Appeal to introduce a new look for 2013!

In 2008 we switched from operating under our family name to Curb Appeal in order to more accurately reflect our company’s evolution and suite of landscape and construction services.  This is our first re-branding since then and marks another milestone in our development.

A special thank you to all our customers for bestowing us with the honour of sharing our passion with you.  You have made us who we are today and have given us a foundation for the future.

Please take a moment to check out our new logo and website.  We would be greatly appreciative if you would follow us on Facebook and share us with your friends, family and colleagues. 

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Look forward to being of service to you in 2013!

Sincerely,

Peter Bonanno
Curb Appeal