Growing interest in outdoor living spaces
As winter winds down, the Midwestern mind turns in one direction: outside. Even those of us who enjoy snowy weather eventually pine for longer days, budding plant life and meals cooked and enjoyed outdoors. Local landscape professionals note a growing interest in outdoor kitchens, fire pits and other elements that make the outdoors part of our homes. The American Institute of Architects reported last year that 70 percent of residential architects saw a growing interest in outdoor living spaces.