Landscape & Design

By Sophie Rhéaume • February 22, 2019

4 Outdoor Living Trends That Will Influence Your Offering in 2019


Give them what they are looking for to make their outdoor living dreams come true!


Winter is the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming season. You bet homeowners already have ideas of how they will renovate their backyard this summer. Whether it’s lights, cooking features or new designs, there are plenty of ways they can add comfort and entertainment to their outdoor living space. But what exactly are they looking for this year?

Multi-functional Outdoor Features


More and more people want their outdoor living to extend their homes. Traveling costs a lot of money, and staycations are becoming more popular. What can you do to make their staycation the best it can be?

It’s all about bringing their indoors out and making sure their outdoor living is as comfortable as living inside their home. How about building an outdoor kitchen so they can cook outside in the sun, while entertaining friends and family, instead of locking themselves inside? Fill their backyard ideas with grill islands, counters, bars and wood-fired ovens. They should spend a summer day in the sun, and it’s even more enjoyable with the right company.

They recently added a pool to their backyard, but nobody is using it? Design a comfortable space right next to it, like a beautiful fire pit surrounded by benches. I promise everyone will dive into that pool much more often! Plus, it brings much needed heat, light, ambiance… and it looks good.


They are not only searching for a pretty backyard design. They want a multi-functional outdoor living space. At Techo-Bloc, we make it simple for you to provide them with multi-functionality. Our collection of walls allows you to build retaining walls, fire pits and other vertical elements, but they can also be chosen to build an outdoor kitchen.

This year, we even extended our line of outdoor features. Consult all the features that can be built with our signature wall products in our brand-new support manual.


Curb Appeal


You probably get busier every year. It’s the same for your customers. When a homeowner pulls in their driveway at the end of a long day at work, it’s discouraging to gaze upon a plain front yard. Why not make it appealing and inviting? Why not build such a unique and spectacular scenery that people almost cause accidents by stopping their car to look at it better?

Grabbing people’s attention quickly comes in handy when it’s time to search for potential buyers, and first impression matters. Plus, a paver driveway gives homeowner the opportunity to sell their house for a higher price than a house with a simple, common asphalt driveway. Installed in a permeable application, they’ve got quite a sustainable investment!



Hardscape Lighting


Integrating lighting into a landscape differentiates a boring backyard from a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space. No wonder why it’s increasingly popular!

How can they enjoy their landscape investment when they can’t see the details that make it special? Use lighting to highlight these details and give homeowners the opportunity to enjoy their space like they want. Don’t let the darkness end your client’s night too soon.


Don’t forget the front yard. We mentioned that an attractive front yard can light up any tired homeowner, how about adding lights so they can admire their investment fully and bring them energy?

Get in touch with our folks from In-lite or come see them at their booth at our Contractor Showcase events! It can double portfolio, and your customers will pay more if they understand and appreciate the difference lighting can make.

Low Maintenance Outdoor Living


Busy homeowners barely have time to clean their house, so you bet it’s hard for them to fit backyard maintenance in their schedule! You shouldn’t build a new outdoor living space that will require a lot of maintenance. You don’t want your customers to get tired of their investment too soon.

Laying pavers and slabs in their backyard means homeowners will have less grass to cut, but those concrete blocks still need to be cleaned occasionally. Techo-Bloc’s high-quality concrete products require minimal maintenance since they are exposed to the elements 365 days and nights per year, but their integrity won’t be affected if installed properly.

Consider installing pavers or slabs in a permeable application if homeowners are self-conscious about the effect adding concrete everywhere has on the environment. The storm water will be drained through the joints and not pool at the surface. No water cycle interruption. No risk of slipping on ice. Less use of de-icing salts required.