Whatever the case, here are some of this season’s most buzzed-about trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project. Ways to make your outdoor living spaces more useful all year No matter if you live on a coast or in the Upper Midwest, you can use your outdoor spaces to the fullest in any season by adding a few enhancements. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, it’s easy to add features like a seat wall and a fire ring for an outdoor gathering spot, or an outdoor kitchen to create the taste of summer all year. A few simple improvements can help you create a space that keeps you outside longer into the night, earlier in the spring and later into the cooler seasons. Prep steps for your sun-friendly skylights When warm weather finally arrives, windows and skylights across the country will open as happy homeowners revel in sunshine and warm, fresh air.