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Homeowners putting great emphasis on functional outdoor spaces


It wasn’t so long ago “spending time in the yard” was interpreted as mowing the lawn, pruning shrubs and maybe even tending the garden. These days, more homeowners are looking to their outdoor spaces not as a reason for weekend labor, but everyday leisure.

The Spring Houzz Landscaping Survey of more than 4,5000 Houzz users was released earlier this week. The survey found a whopping 56 percent of homeowners are improving their yards for entertaining purposes, and among them:

  • 83 percent were turning outdoor spaces into regular entertaining spaces
  • 73 percent were using outdoor eating spaces
  • 53 percent claimed to have outdoor living rooms already

Some of the most popular outdoor features included:

  • Patios and decks (83%)
  • BBQs (48%)
  • Fire pits (48%)
  • Sound systems (19%)
  • Outdoor kitchens (14%)

The study also found seven in 10 homeowners are installing lights to illuminate their outdoor hardscape.