Outdoor living becoming more popular

We recently read a rather insightful article from LandscapeOnline.com about a survey done by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The survey, taken by residential landscape architects, found that outdoor living spaces are becoming as popular, if not more popular, than common indoor living spaces. Herebs an excerpt from the article, bOutdoor Living Continues to Grow in Popularityb:

bOverall, 94.4 percent of residential landscape architects rate outdoor living spaces like kitchens or entertaining space as somewhat or very popular for 2010. Among kitchen features, the most popular include the classic outdoor grill (94.4 percent) and counter space (73.5 percent). More elaborate kitchen elements like outdoor refrigerators (52.8 percent) and sinks (50 percent) were much less popular.

Following a similar trend, the most popular outdoor entertainment features eschewed more expensive, elaborate items in favor of the essentials. For 2010, expect the continued interest in seating/dining areas (95.6 percent) using installed seating like benches and seatwalls (90.6 percent) or weatherized outdoor furniture (77.1 percent), along with the ever-popular fire pit/fireplace (94 percent). Landscape architects anticipate less enthusiasm for items like stereo systems (57.2 percent), outdoor heaters (43.9 percent) and TVs (35.5 percent).b

A full list of outdoor features and their popularity ratings:

Outdoor Living Features
(Percent rating somewhat or very popular for 2010)

Seating/dining areas b 95.6%
Grills b 94.4%
Fire pits/fireplace b 94%
Lighting b 93.4%
Installed seating (benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps, boulders) b 90.6%
Weatherized outdoor furniture b 77.1%
Counter space b 73.5%
Utility storage b 66.7%
Stereo systems 57.2%
Refrigerators b 52.8%
Sinks b 50.0%
Wireless/Internet connectivity b 44.1%
Outdoor heaters b 43.8%
Showers/bathing b 36.5%
Outdoor cooling systems (including fans) b 36.5%
Televisions/projection screens b 35.6%
Bedrooms/sleeping spaces b 5.6%

Outdoor Recreation Amenities
Decorative water elements such as ornamental pools, splash pools, waterfalls, grottos, water runnels or bubblers b 86.8% Spa (hot tub, Jacuzzi, whirlpool, indoor/outdoor sauna) b 79.1%
Swimming Pools b 72.4%
Sports/recreational spaces (tennis courts, bocce ball, etc.) b 47.0%

Landscape/Garden Elements
Low maintenance landscapes b 94.0%
Fountains/ornamental water features b 87.8%
Native plants b 83.9%
Food/Vegetable gardens (including orchards/vineyards etc.) b 78.5%
Organic gardens b 67.0%
Ponds/streams b 61.9%
Rain gardens b 60.4%
Xeriscape or dry gardens b 58.1%

Sustainable Design Elements
Drip/water-efficient irrigation b 85.2%
Native/adapted drought-tolerant plants b 85.2%
Reduced lawn b 73.9%
Permeable paving b 72.5%
Recycled materials b 68.0%
Rainwater/graywater harvesting b 64.1%
Compost bins b 55.0%
Solar-powered lights b 49.4%
Geothermal-heated pools b 28.2%

Arbors b 87.2%
Ornamental water features such as fountains or splash pools b 86.7%
Pergolas b 83.4%
Decks b 83.0%
Fencing (includes gates) b 82.9%
Porches b 76.4%
Steps b 74.6%
Utility shed (tool shed, garden shed etc.) b 64.8%
Gazebos b 58.6%
Pavilions b 58.0%
Art (sculpture etc.) b 58.0%
Columns b 43.7%
Awnings, including retractable b 42.8%
ADA-accessible structures (ramps, bars, accessible shelving etc.) b 21.4%

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