Regardless of the size of your yard – or the size of your wallet – there’s an outdoor room to fit your needs.
Just because people are staying home more these days doesn’t mean they’re staying indoors. The concept of “cocooning” took hold in a post 9/11 world as North Americans began spending more time at home with family and friends, and investing in amenities such as pools, spas, outdoor kitchens, comfortable outdoor furniture and extensive landscaping. This massive migration into the great outdoors has made the category a $6 billion industry, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association.
“There’s a diverse variety of products in the outdoor category,” notes Leslie Wheeler, director of communication for HPBA, “It includes everything from outdoor hearth products, grills and furniture to outdoor lamps and rugs. The design of one’s home now flows from the inside to the outside seamlessly.”
As Vice president of sales and marketing at Robert H. Peterson Co., a manufacturer of hearth products and gas grills, Jerry Scott has had a front-row seat during the transformation of the North American backyard. “Ten or 15 years ago, I wouldn’t ever have thought about some of the products that are available now.” The 20-year veteran says of the expansive array of outdoor kitchens and accessories available.