The winter months of Southeastern Wisconsin can be long. The slightest tease of spring has us excited for warmer months ahead and ready to enjoy the outdoor days. As soon as the weather breaks, Wisconsinites are found out on their porches and patios.

A custom built, luxury home deserves to have a beautiful custom patio or porch as well, and the options are as varied and diverse as the dream home it’s attached to. Whether you have a patio, porch or pool, you can create a luxurious outdoor room to meet your needs. Trends that continue to be popular this year include outdoor fireplaces and kitchens, fire pits, counters and bars, colorful outdoor dining areas, exquisite lighting, screen porches, planter gardens and much more.

Outdoor Fireplaces:

The outdoor fireplace creates an outdoor room that extends a home’s square footage and living space. This cozy space is the perfect location to enjoy a quiet cozy night outdoors and a space to entertain guests. It also extends the months in Wisconsin that you can be outside enjoying your outdoor space. With a customized mantel and surround, the functional focal point will highlight your patio and instantly give your outdoors an upscale look that rivals your custom home.

Outdoor Kitchens:

Gourmet kitchens are no longer just indoors. The simple outdoor grill for cooking outside has been replaced with a well thought out, detailed outdoor kitchen. These private backyard retreats are equipped to entertain family and friends with the same comfort and style regardless of the season. Your outdoor kitchen can include plush seating, sinks, beer taps, wine refrigerators, smokers, barbecues, wine refrigerators, icemakers, ceiling fans and more.

Fire Pits:

All custom lake homes must have a fire pit. After a day on the lake, a gathering of friends and family around a fire, sharing stories and continuing the bonding, is the perfect end to the day. Today’s fire pits have many options and certainly are a step up from the days of a simple pit dug in the backyard. Fire pits are one of the biggest trends in 2016 for upgrading outdoor living spaces.

Bars and High Counters:

Just like the outdoor kitchen, the outdoor bar draws your guests to your patio, porch or pool area. With the outdoor bar, you can do all of your entertaining outside without going in and out of the house. Your outdoor bar area allows you to keep your chilled drinks chilled and conveniently located for easy entertainment.

The Look:

Furniture for lounging and dining will help to create the look and style of your outdoor living space. Consider a pop of color or a theme for this space. Planters and flowers will also enhance the look. Other luxuries to consider in your outdoor living space: an outdoor shower to use when coming off the lake, lighting that sets the ambiance, and screen porches for comfort. All of these make wonderful editions.

When designing a luxury lake home, the outdoor area must be thought out carefully. If you are looking to add a custom outdoor living area to your home, turn to Colby Construction to make your dreams come true and your living area extended.

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