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        Natural gas appliances combined with seating areas, gazebos and plants create a cozy and inviting outdoor space.

                                         (continued from page 07)  deSiGninG The ouTdoor rooM
        outdoor cooking area. Other popular projects included patios and   Once the use of the space is defined, homeowners can begin de-
        decks (54%) and screened porches or three-season rooms (31%).  signing it to fit their needs.
          Privacy is an increasing priority for many homeowners, according   Natural gas appliances offer homeowners a variety of options for
        to the New Home Trends Institute. For many, this means a move   the outdoor living space. Grills and side burners come in a variety
        away from front porches to private backyard spaces with sheltered   of sizes and configurations to accommodate anything from small
        side yards, decorative fencing to establish outdoor walls and covered   family barbecues to large gatherings. Fire pits, fireplaces and other
        patios and decks.                                      fire features along with natural gas lanterns can help set an inviting
                                                               and cozy mood in both small and large spaces.
        froM SiMPle To elaBoraTe                                In addition to natural gas features, consumers have a variety of de-
          Outdoor living spaces can be as simple as upgrading the patio or   sign options. Lounge chairs, patio swings and chaise lounges provide
        deck to add a grill and fire feature, or they can cover much of the   comfortable seating areas. Carpets, artwork and throw pillows for
        backyard with outdoor kitchens, seating areas for conversations, and   furniture add decorative touches. Water features such as fountains
        outdoor fireplaces for both warmth and ambiance.       or ponds can create a calming atmosphere while pools or hot tubs
          The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) rec-  add a space for fun and relaxation.
        ommends homeowners designing an outdoor living space start by   Gazebos, archways or trellises can help divide the outdoor space
        defining how they will use the space. Someone who plans to enter-  to create distinctive areas for cooking, dining or relaxing. Different
        tain or host dinner parties or barbecues may want to focus on the   areas can also be set apart with stone walkways or through the cre-
        outdoor kitchen and dining spaces. If the space will primarily be used   ative placement of furniture and appliances. Homeowners can finish
        for family gatherings, a homeowner may want to include gathering   out the outdoor space with theaters and music systems. n
        areas with games, built-in sandboxes, water features or play stations
        for children. The homeowner looking to have a place to relax and   “The outdoor room continues to grow in
        unwind may want to focus on a fireplace or firepit and soft natural
        gas lighting to create a soothing mood.                popularity. It’s now one of the top features
          For those on a budget, Better Homes & Gardens recommends   that home buyers and home remodelers are
        identifying one key element – for example, a fire pit or a special piece
        of furniture – to invest in and then finishing the space with more   looking for.”
        budget-friendly items.                                                                             — Scott

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