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Hottest Outdoor Living Trends for 2010

March 10, 2010


Outdoor Living Continues in Popularity

According to a survey published in the National Green Centre

"Landscape architects survey identifies the hottest outdoor living trends for 2010"  Some of the most sought after components to the Outdoor Living space include fire pits, low-frill entertaining and low maintenance landscapes.

Outdoor living continues to increase in popularity, according to the (ASLA) American Society of Landscape Architects survey of residential architects, the results say we should expect fewer frills this year as homeowners get back to the basics in a cool economy.

"Overall, 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).

“Homeowners want to create a sense of place for their family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy outside, but an uncertain economy means many will dial back some of the extra features we’ve seen in past years,” said ASLA executive vice president and CEO Nancy Somerville.

Among landscape and garden features, 2010 will feature an increase of design elements that reduce time and money. Topping the list are low-maintenance landscapes (94 percent); drip/water-efficient irrigation (85.2 percent); native/adapted drought tolerant plants (85.2 percent); and less lawn (73.9 percent). Other popular features include fountains/water features (87.8 percent) and food/vegetable gardens (78.5 percent).

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

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

This is good news for the Casual Furniture industry, I believe more and more people will be spending their time outdoors and will want to create very special outdoor living spaces uniquely their own.

These are my outside views…Marcia Blake