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Upping the Party Potential in Your Outdoor Space

April 2nd, 2016 | by Michelle
4304 Bryn Mawr Drive Dallas 75225, Karla Trusler, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in University Park-back yard entertaining

A pool, patio seating and covered space make this a perfect outdoor entertaining area. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

’Tis the season for outdoor living in North Texas. The backyard – what was once a space for dogs to run has become an enviable extension of luxurious living that’s low on maintenance and high on party potential.

In fact, when houzz.com asked readers what they valued most in outdoor space, 71 percent said functionality and 60 percent said entertaining. 

So, while you typically focus your spring cleaning on the inside of the house, it’s just as important to focus on the other side of your backdoor. Before making your list, consider what’s booming in outdoor art:

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Agaves. “Agaves are in – along with ornamental grasses, yucca and the use of aggregates in spaces where growing grass is an issue.” – Jason Craven, Southern Botanical 

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Artificial Turf. “Many homeowners are trading in their sprinklers for artificial turf to replace both lawn areas and hard deck paving.” – Brian McDonald, Archiverde Landscape Architecture 

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Vertical Green Screen Plantings. “We have been using vertical green screen plantings and gabion walls, which allow yard areas to be taken within a foot of the fence line.” – Bill Bibb, Archiverde Landscape Architecture

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Semi-Enclosed Outdoor Living Spaces. “These convertible rooms provide protection from the elements while maintaining a connection with the outdoors.” – Harold Leidner, Harold Leidner Landscape Architects

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The BallparkVisit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

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