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For decades the deck was … a deck. A place to stand, maybe grill or get some fresh air. And the yard was a large patch of manicured grass—an area for dog-chasing and frisbee-throwing. But today, outdoor areas of the home are getting a massive upgrade with luxury decking, high-end TVs and speakers, pools, even outdoor kitchens you would swear are nicer than the ones inside (probably because they are). Entertainment has always happened outdoors, but it’s happening now more than ever. And frankly, we’re big fans of how these spaces are shaping up.
Outdoor projects have been steadily increasing in popularity since 2018, but they have really come into focus over the past year.Mitchell Parker, Senior Editor at Houzz
“Outdoor projects have been steadily increasing in popularity since 2018, but they have really come into focus over the past year,” says Mitchell Parker, Senior Editor at home remodeling and design site, Houzz. The annual Houzz & Home Study—a survey of a whopping 75,470 users, including 36,569 renovating U.S. homeowners on Houzz—found that more than half of renovating homeowners recently upgraded their outdoor areas (57%). And just like outdoor kitchens, outdoor living rooms are looking a lot more like indoor living rooms. “Advances in outdoor furniture and textiles means that homeowners can outfit their patios and decks with durable and stylish sofas, rugs, coffee tables, dining tables, pillows, chairs and other decor that really make a space feel like a comfortable lounge,” says Mitchell. “We’re also seeing elaborate outdoor living areas in popular photos on Houzz, with dining spots, fireplaces, ceiling fans, heaters, you name it—truly blurring the lines between indoors and out.”
of renovating homeowners recently upgraded their outdoor areas.
Blurred lines, indeed. Across the nation, homeowners are really focused on expanding their livable space. 85% of experts agree that people are more willing to invest in outdoor spaces than ever before.
As it turns out, cultural shifts surrounding the pandemic might be the reason for this eye-popping data. “Many people who found themselves in households of competing video meetings and school activities desperately sought private space in which to work, exercise or relax,” says Mitchell. “In fact, one Houzz study found that one in eight homeowners felt their home lacked a dedicated workspace or exercise area (13% and 12%, respectively).”
This yearning to be outside is being felt more and more. Need proof? Just search “friluftsliv” on Instagram. Friluftsliv (pronounced “free-loves-liv”) is much like the concept of hygge—a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfort found indoors—but it’s actually the outside counterpart, where people embrace open-air living and spending time with loved ones.
While many people are looking to their outdoor areas to create more space for dining, lounging and playing, others are seeking quiet space that provides a tranquil break from work, school and a stressful news cycle. For those relaxation seekers, a peaceful garden is a worthy investment. “Landscaping is one of the relatively few big-ticket home improvement projects that can add considerable value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers,” Mitchell asserts. “An investment in the skilled work of a landscape architect, designer or contractor is an investment in your home.”
Whether you’re enjoying the tranquility of a garden escape, sipping a Mai Tai by the pool, or entertaining guests on a well-appointed deck, it’s always a good time to turn the outside of the home into something outside the ordinary.
Exterior upgrades, which increased in popularity in 2020, saw investments of 25% more for deck and porch upgrades ($2,500 and $1,500, respectively) compared with 2019.
It’s always a good time to turn the outside of the home into something outside the ordinary.
The demand for outdoor living space grows as the cost to build indoor living space increases. Today’s homeowners want clever solutions for claiming more outdoor space and adding functionality.
Whether creating an outdoor kitchen, shower, or additional living space to enjoy with family and friends, Quality Edge Inside Out® Underdecking adds visual appeal and valuable indoor/outdoor living space to decks and patios everywhere.