Hottest Outdoor Living Trends

Hottest Outdoor Living Trends

Survey Reveals Hottest Outdoor Design Trends for 2014


If you are interested in the latest technology trends, you talk to an expert in the field.  If you are worried about the latest infections diseases that are propagating around the world, you check with the CDC.  If you want to know what the hottest outdoor living trends are, however, you talk to a Landscape Architect.  This post from the American Society of Landscape Architects presents an informative survey of the latest trends in the industry, as well as their relative popularity.  This survey shows that the overall demand for Outdoor Living Spaces remains very high, and seemingly growing steadily.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Consumer demand remains strong for attractively designed residential landscapes that are perfect for entertaining and relaxing, according to respondents to ASLA’s 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey. The survey also shows continuing popularity for both sustainable and low-maintenance design options.

Landscape architects who specialize in residential design across the country were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2014. The category of gardens and landscaped spaces received a 94.2 percent rating as somewhat or very popular. Outdoor living spaces, defined as kitchens and entertainment spaces, were the second most popular at 92.0 percent. Outdoor recreation came in third at 75.8 percent.

Across all categories, 98.3 percent of respondents rated lighting as somewhat or very in-demand for 2014, followed by seating/dining areas (97.7 percent), fire pits/fireplaces (95.4 percent), grills (94.3 percent) and installed seating (89.6 percent), which include benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps, and boulders.

“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property,” says ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth-friendly.”

In the realm of landscape garden structures, terraces, patios, and decks are high on people’s lists (97.7 percent), as are fencing (88.5 percent), pergolas (82.8 percent), and decks (82.3 percent).

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