Thinking of revamping your Laguna Beach, CA, home’s landscape for the new year? The landscape construction scene is showing some interesting trends for 2018. This guide will bring you up-to-date to ensure your designs are contemporary and popular.
With climate change being a hot topic in 2017, ecological landscape construction practices and designs are front and centre for 2018. A major part of this is sourcing materials locally, whether it is lumber, stone, or pavers, in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of your construction project. Locally sourced species of plants will also be a mainstay as they thrive well without excessive water and fertilizer. Moreover, the use of renewable and recycled materials such as wood and glass in construction as well as design is also going to become a dominant feature for 2018. We will also see an ever increasing focus on better water management practices, with permeable pavers, efficient irrigation and rainscaping helping to keep the water table in check. Naturally, having a construction firm well versed in environmentally friendly design and practices, as well as the local climate and soil characteristics, will be of prime importance this year.
Handmade and hardy
Another interesting trend is the shift towards handmade and more robust features rather flimsy prefabricated landscape features. This is also inline with the environmentally friendly construction methodology, as less durable prefabricated construction often has to be replaced within short periods of time. You will be seeing more robust materials such as wood (rather than chipboard), natural stone and concrete being an emerging construction trend in 2018. Although these materials are durable, your construction’s longevity is highly dependent on the expertise of the contractor and the attention to detail employed in installation.
Outdoor kitchens and dining - a social yard
There will be an increasing trend toward kitchens and grills, as well as outdoor dining areas to enjoy meals with friends and family, following the concept of extending your home to the outdoors. We will also see a great rise in the popularity of outdoor structures, particularly pergolas and pavilions, to recreate an outdoor living and dining area. This is in line with an increasingly popular trend to make your yard a more social place where people can gather and relax with the same level of comfort they experience indoors.
Water features are set to rise in prominence in 2018, whether it is swimming pools, ponds, garden fountains, or spas. Installation of swimming pools in particular is seeing a rise as they can make a yard seem airy and light thanks to their openness and reflective surface. Moreover, they also double as a place to host parties and relax with friends and family. For landscapes that follow a more natural design language, ponds accentuated with garden fountains will be a major design trend for 2018. Naturally, water features such as pools and ponds generally produce best results if installed professionally. Excavating land for such projects is a job fraught with danger and is best left to professional contractors with the right equipment and experience. This will ensure that your designs are implemented safely, precisely, and with minimal disruption for the homeowners.