One of the biggest reasons why people loving having large outdoor living spaces is that they can use them to entertain and spend time outdoors. But many aren’t happy with a simple setup. According to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Artists, more homeowners are interested in sustainable and low-maintenance design.
“In this uncertain economy, homeowners want to get more enjoyment out of their yards,” ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, said. “They want attractive outdoor spaces that are both easy to take care of and sustainable.”
Americans want a practical design, but they are also interested in striking elements that will set their yards apart from their neighbors.’ Roughly 94% want low-maintenance landscapes and 86.6% want native plants. Additionally, more people are concerned with organic and local food and drinks, with 82.7% of people wanting orchards and vineyards in their yards.
Some people are considering other organic and sustainable elements such as permeable paving (72.8% of respondents), reduced lawns at (72.6%), drip irrigation (82.5%) and drought-tolerant plants (83%).
Screened outdoor living rooms
According to the survey, 97.6% of people have terraces, patios or decks, but people are thinking beyond the traditional design. More homeowners are bringing the indoors outside, but that doesn’t mean they want to be bothered by annoying bugs. A motorized retractable screen from Phantom allows the breeze in, but keeps bugs and other irritants at bay. You’re outdoors after all, so natural ventilation is key to embracing the best aspects of being outside.
With Phantom motorized retractable screens, you can enjoy shade from the sun and a reprieve from the harsh glare of the sunlight. Additionally, Executive screens can be equipped with automatic motorization controls that detect environmental factors, including sun and wind.
The survey noted that 65.3% of people wanted organic gardens, 50.4% wanted rooftop gardens and 47.9% wanted plant walls or vertical gardens. So it should come as no surprise that people are concerned about the way their food is prepared. Why would you grow your own food without a great kitchen in which to cook? People are opting for a built-in stainless steel grill with a sink, nearby refrigerator, storage, counter-top space and more. Some of the hottest new amenities on the market even include hybrid grills that make it possible to cook with gas, wood or charcoal.
Themed outdoor design
Whether it’s a French countryside, rustic farm or modern spa design, outdoor spaces are taking on a world of their own. Many homeowners are putting the bulk of their funds into decorating elaborate outdoor living spaces that provide an oasis from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The trend makes sense as more people are lacking a stable work/life balance. Instead of venturing off on a vacation when they need a getaway, some are simply bringing the getaway to their backyard.
Consider this when you are designing your backyard space. Find a fun mix of relaxing elements and fun amenities to make it feel like you are getting away from it all the moment you step outside. Don’t forget to include things like fountains or water features, which 84.7% of people wanted in their outdoor living spaces, spa features, which 81.5% of people wanted, or outdoor theaters, which came in at 34.4%.