Don't miss the Home & Lifestyle Expo, March 3-4 at Mentor's Great Lakes Mall!

Brick Fireplace Front View
Photo courtesy of B. Legrand Design of Willoughby

By Amy Bulger

Now is the time of year when homeowners start thinking about renovating their outdoor living areas in preparation for outdoor parties and unforgettable summer nights. The latest trends bring the functionality of the home to outdoor spaces.  

Outdoor living now means a lot more than a few lounge chairs on a back patio or porch. Homeowners are creating permanent living spaces outside making better use of the backyard while adding value to the home. You’ll find kitchens, living rooms, sitting rooms and fireplaces all in the backyard space.

The desire is to have the same comfort and convenience outside as inside.  
Whether located on a patio or in the yard, there are few features as cozy as an outdoor fireplace. They are a natural gathering spot. 

Emerging home design trends such as this one, along with inspiration, innovative products and practical advice in home improvement and more, can be found at the Home & Lifestyle Expo on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor. Local contractors, remodelers and designers will all be in one location.

Joining the Lake County Chambers of Commerce are Expo premier sponsors, Generator Pros/Shepp Electric and Lake County Visitors Bureau, and sponsors A-1 Concrete Leveling of Cleveland-East, B. Legrand Design Build, Cougar 93.7/Mix 97.1, Floor Coverings International, Howard Hanna-Stacy Marinelli Group, Kathleen J. Miller & Associates, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland Northeast, Lake County Women’s Journal, Leadership Lake County, Mimi Magazine, The News-Herald, and WINT Integrity Radio 101.5 fm /1330 am.

The Home & Lifestyle Expo is a free event at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor produced by the Lake County Chambers of Commerce. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit or call 440-357-7572.