A Outdoor Living Room is now the second only to kitchens in quality renovations
“It used to be you had a Weber grill, a table and chairs and that was it. Now you’ve got whole kitchens outdoors, fireplaces, even waterproof electronics to extend the season. The outdoor experience has certainly evolved.”
It used to be that unless you lived far south of the Mason-Dixon line, you had less than a handful of months — at best — to enjoy your outdoor areas.
Then came HGTV and Pinterest and we all became inspired to create ahhh-worthy homes and landscapes of our own. The retail market responded with a symphony of innovative products that help us stretch out the seasons, making it more worthwhile than ever to create a backyard oasis that’s as cozy and comfy as any well-designed family room.
At the same time, the recession forced many of us to look at our homes in new ways, as both a source for entertainment as well as shelter. The result was a rise in staycations, where sticking close to the nest has become more the norm than the exception.
Cue the rebirth of outdoor living. “People are nesting more, so they naturally want to extend their home life outdoors,” says Steve Elton, chief brand officer for Brown & Jordan, a 78-year-old company that has long designed award-winning outdoor furnishings. “It used to be you had a Weber grill, a table and chairs and that was it. Now you’ve got whole kitchens outdoors, fireplaces, even waterproof electronics to extend the season. The outdoor experience has evolved.”
Outdoor spaces are second only to kitchens as far as priority renovations go, according to the Propane Education and Research Council. Of the 5,000 homeowners interviewed for a survey by HGTV and Casual Living magazine, a whopping 87 percent said an outdoor living room was important or very important and more than half said they already had one. Clearly more and more of us — especially those in the new home market — are looking right outside our windows for spots to both relax and entertain.
Read more at NewHomeSource.com