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6 Ways to Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Space

One of the best things about living in the Lone Star State is that the great outdoors can be enjoyed almost all year. Think backyard barbecues, holiday gatherings and cozy fireside get-togethers! Your outdoor space can be a great place to gather with friends and family any time of year.

Trendmaker Homes offers unique outdoor patios that extend your living space and make entertaining a breeze. With the latest designs and smart home technology, outdoor living spaces are enjoyable and comfortable. You’ll love spending more time in your backyard with these ideas to enhance your outdoor space.

1. Light A Fire

Did someone say s’mores? Yes, please! A fire element always amps up the coziness factor in an outdoor space. Choose to add an inviting fireplace with comfortable seating or a fire pit just right for friendly gatherings. In the summer months, you can break out the marshmallows and hot dogs. When the weather cools, bring on the blankets and hot chocolate.

2. Add a Great Grill

Every dream patio should include a barbecue grill. Sizzle steaks or smoke your famous ribs all year long. Or opt for a more expansive kitchen with built-ins like a prep or bar area. 

3. Set the Mood with Music

Texas two-stepping country. Or top 40. Who says you can’t have a dance party in your own backyard? Enjoy your favorite tunes while you entertain or relax. Customize your space with speakers from the Design Studio and add a mounted television to create an interactive entertainment space.

4. Lights, Fans, Atmosphere

The right lighting can make all the difference on your deck or patio. Add mood lighting and ceiling fans to craft the right atmosphere for your outdoor space. For even more fun, include string lights or flameless votive candles. Trendmaker’s included LivingSmart® program with eco-friendly, smart technology makes entertaining easy. Home devices are designed to work with Amazon, so you can ask Alexa to adjust the lights and turn on the music!

5. Play Outdoor Games

For outside fun, there’s nothing like outdoor games. Texas favorites include corn hole, washers and horseshoes. Or all ages can enjoy bowling in the dark and Jenga® Giant™. In Trendmaker homes backyards, there’s room for catch, freeze tag, cartwheels and handstand competitions.

6. Add Some Color

Texas provides an ideal climate for greenery that lasts all year. Spruce up your outdoor living spaces with some plants that will provide a serene and aromatic atmosphere. Azalea, cherry laurel and rosemary will grow year-round.


Are you looking for a new home that has plenty of stylish outdoor options? Our New Home Specialists in Houston and Austin would be happy to help!

Jenn Hickman
New Home Specialist – Austin


Kim Bennett
New Home Specialist – Houston

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Take a peek at a few of our Trendmaker model home outdoor living spaces.

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