Sustainable Landscape Trends

Sustainable Landscape Trends

There’s something about the holidays that makes us reflect on what we’re thankful for. And, one of the things we’re thankful for is this amazing place we live. From our lush rainforests to our coastal plains, the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful regions in the United States. Living in the Seattle area, it’s just a short drive to the mountains, rivers, lakes, and ocean. Talk about being blessed!

Because we love this area so much, we’re huge fans of protecting it. This is why we’ve been thrilled to see so many sustainable landscape and design trends emerge in recent years.

These are a few of our favorite ways to create a luxurious outdoor space while also protecting Mother Nature. 

 

Rainwater Harvesting

Right now, in the midst of winter, it’s hard to imagine not having enough water. But when summer rolls around, water shortages are a real thing. As a consumer you might not always experience them, but everyone’s usage contributes to falling levels of rivers and lakes.

Rainwater harvesting allows you to supplement your draw on public water. One of the best ways to harvest water is with rain barrels. Positioned at key points beneath your roof, they capture water as it rolls off. The barrels are equipped with a spigot that can be hooked up to a hose and used for watering.

 

Patio Furniture Made From Recycled Materials

Some patio furniture (like Seaside Casual’s Adirondack chairs) is made from recycled plastic bottles. These eco-friendly options are ultra durable and resistant to fading and scratches. Plus, they’reattractive and comfortable.

 

The Multi-Season Room

In the late ‘90s and early 2000s the design trend for homebuilders was bigger everything. Bigger kitchens. Bigger bathrooms. Bigger patios. The supersized entertainment center. The expansive craft room. The sprawling dining room.

Don’t get us wrong. We love space and we dig a roomy shower. But the cost of living in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the Seattle area, has continued to rise. Space is at a premium. Luckily, designers have gotten incredibly creative with how to maximize it.

In our opinion, one of the best ways they’ve done so is to create a multi-season room. Traditionally covered, these outdoor spaces are sometimes partially enclosed. This allows you to not just use your outdoor space during the summer, but to also take advantage of it throughout the year.

 

Sustainably Harvested Teak

One of the most beautiful and durable outdoor furniture options is teak. Unfortunately, its popularity led to over-harvesting which can devastate the landscape.

But, some teak furniture manufacturers only use sustainably harvested teak. Not only do these manufacturers ensure they’re protecting Mother Nature, they provide jobs in communities which wouldn’t otherwise have them. We’re proud that all the teak furniture we carry is made from sustainably harvested teak.

 

See our eco-friendly patio furniture at either our Seattle or Bellevue locations.