He’s the king of the grill, the man who’s never without ideas for fun in your own backyard. He loves nature, family time, and a good meal enjoyed under the stars. He’s the father who instilled in us a love of the great outdoors and the simple pleasures of outdoor living. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled a short list of gifts that will make dad smile.

Featured in Atomic Ranch, Dwell, Arch Daily and The Contemporist, Strand Design’s David Strand and his design partner David McKay have received a fair share of press for their distinctive synthesis of modern minimalist style and classic Midwestern agrarian structure. The Minneapolis, MN-based firm is also well regarded for their focus on environmental sustainability.

Both partners come from a construction background and began their career as architects, thus their work for Strand Design gives equal heft to solid design/build construction and architectural appeal. We spoke to them about about how they achieve their instantly recognizable design aesthetic, how sustainability plays into their designs, and why they choose Infratech heaters to keep homeowners cozy in cool Northern climates.

 

Structureworks Fabrication is a nation-wide expert in pergolas of all types. With a growing interest in outdoor rooms, their knowledge and design skills are more in demand than ever. The firm can do it all: from simple, garden-like structures to lavish outdoor living rooms and kitchens, their designs are suited for warm coastal climes, arid desert areas, cool mountainous regions, and everywhere in between. To learn more about evolving trends related to pergolas and outdoor design, we spoke with Structureworks’ Greg Smith. Read on to discover how pergolas can accentuate urban and rural landscapes and to learn why the experts choose Infratech heaters to keep living spaces comfortable in any weather.

Outdoor design trends for spring 2018 are all about incorporating affordable luxury into your own backyard. Get ready for the outdoor living season by turning your patio into a peaceful, lush oasis through low-maintenance water fixtures, a color refresh, and vintage materials. Create your own peaceful sanctuary by building a shaded pergola or a sun-kissed open air living room.

Winter weather doesn’t have to dull your enjoyment of outdoor living. Whether you live in a temperate or cooler climate you can still take in the beauty of the natural landscape with a climate controlled backyard area warmed by cost-effective Infratech heaters. It’s a great time to get geared up for the latest trends in outdoor decor and lifestyle needs — especially when they’re as exciting as the design innovations cropping up in the winter season. Read on to learn what’s new and next for homeowners with an eye for year-round outdoor enjoyment.