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Increased Popularity of Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor kitchens, gazebos, fences, patios and decks are in demand. If you’re thinking about whether or not it is worth the expense to improve your outdoor living space, read on:

Residential architects report that there has been a sharp rise in the popularity of outdoor living space, upscale landscaping, and outdoor amenities. More attention and investment is now being devoted to enhancing individual properties as the overall size of U.S. homes has begun to level off after decades of expansion. These findings are from The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2006 that focused specifically on overall home layout and use, and compared these trends to the 2005 results.

“Almost two-thirds of architects reported an increase in demand for outdoor kitchens, patios, and decks, which is a dramatic surge from just one year ago,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With that there has been a penchant for upscale landscaping and formal lot boundaries, as well as the desire for outdoor amenities such as pools, tennis courts, and gazebos.”

The following represents the percentage of respondents requesting various residential elements:

  • Demand for outdoor living space was 64% in 2006, an increase from 47% in 2005.
  • Demand for upscale landscaping was 56% in 2006, compared to 48% in 2005.
  • Demand for outdoor amenities was 43% in 2006 and only 30% in 2005.
  • Demand for lot boundaries was 30% in 2006 and 25% in 2005.

This is just part of a press release issued by The American Institute of Architects.


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