There’s no better way to enjoy Southern California's idyllic year-round climate than in a home with outdoor living spaces designed for dining al fresco, parties by the pool and taking in a spectacular sunset. Here are five design trends that may rival the comforts of your interiors for the escape of an outdoor oasis. 



Grass-Edge Pools


Nothing quite captures the essence of Rancho Santa Fe like a glistening swimming pool accenting a gorgeous home. Infinity edge pools have long showcased stunning views with a visual effect, while making a spectacular backyard showpiece. The latest iteration of this pool trend is the grass-edge pool, which creates a seamless, even artful, finish from the backyard lawn right to the water’s edge. 



Outdoor Automation


Home automation continues to be one of the most-wanted features for homeowners, and naturally the trends is moving to outdoor living spaces. Lighting, outdoor fans and electronic shades are among the trends in high-tech patios. For the lawn, Droplet, a device similar to the Nest thermostat, knows the weather, soil quality and your plants so that it can water your backyard accordingly all from your smartphone. 



Water and Fire Features


Water features will bring a refreshing flow of energy to your backyard. Even if you’re not a Feng Shui devotee, the addition of flowing water in the garden or lawn presents an attractive balance of elements. Water features could be in the form of a breathtaking waterfall feature at a corner of the swimming pool, a fountain, a reflecting pool or a Japanese-inspired Koi pond. Heighten the drama with the addition of a fire feature, like a water/fire pot, to offer a warm glow at night and an artful sculpture by day.



Outdoor Kitchen Upgrades


Al fresco dining and stress-free barbecues will become a breeze for the hostess with a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen. A gourmet culinary zone not only creates a space for guests to socialize, but also allows you to prepare dinner with a view. Give your outdoor kitchen the ultimate upgrade with amenities you would expect to find at your favorite restaurant, like an at-home beer dispenser, ice makers to refresh cocktails, wood-burning pizza ovens and built-in infrared heaters for chilly Southern California nights. 



Stylish Sustainability 


Designers and homeowners alike are opting for eco-friendly options when it comes to outfitting their outdoor living spaces. Furnishings made from durable, hard-wearing materials, like stainless steel, teak from sustainably managed forests, and bamboo are smart and stylish options. Soften the look of your space with the natural beauty of an eye-catching vertical garden, or drought-tolerant gardens to ensure that your backyard is not only beautiful but promotes sustainability too. 




For more information on homes for sale in Rancho Santa Fe, contact K. Ann Brizolis today!