Outdoor Design Trends Realtors are Watching Out For
The worldwide pandemic has had a powerful effect on the way human beings relate to and value nature, leading to a spike in the use of parks and public green spaces and a new appreciation of outdoor life. Suddenly and unequivocally, human beings were forced to turn their homes into staycation spots. Many turned outdoor patios and garden-facing rooms into ad hoc offices, and found an escape from the stressors of the health situation, in the woods and seaside. The revaluation of the important role nature plays in human health and wellbeing have also resulted in new demands in the real estate sector, with top-selling homes displaying specific green design features. Below are just a few outdoor trends sparked by recent world events.
Around 165m people in the US were already working remotely, a phenomenon that has only strengthened in the era of the new normal. Studies have shown that employees who work in the vicinity of greenery enjoy greater productivity and enhanced focus. Therefore, many homeowners are investing in renovations to create home offices in outdoor spaces. From outdoor standing structures to patios with the latest tech and design features (think retractable awnings and sliding glass doors), outdoor offices are an excellent way to lend a sense of calm to one’s daily work routine.
Compartmentalized Outdoor Spaces in HOAs
Homeowners and tenants of HOAs are keen to make the most of shared common outdoor spaces, with many embarking on renovations involving the creation and compartmentalization of green spaces. Landlords view outdoor spaces as investments that attract discerning tenants, while investors in communal homes have noticed a spike in demand for outdoor leisure zones. Trending apartment blocks now boast distinct outdoor spaces such as play areas for children, kitchen/grill areas for families, produce gardens for shared horticultural projects, and chill-out areas with features such as sun loungers, fire pits, water fountains, and fragrant herb-filled gardens.
Inflation and beleaguered savings are causing many American families to reconsider their vacations this year and instead opt for a staycation. The pandemic taught us that our home could essentially be a sanctuary if needs be, and many owners have included vacation-style features that celebrate the joy of home life. From swimming pools to outdoor Jacuzzis, greenhouses to gazebos in which to practice yoga and other holistic pursuits, homes now boast features that were once reserved to resorts. Greater attention is also being paid to style, with outdoor areas like patios now boasting designer flooring, ceilings, and furniture. When it comes to these features, sustainability rules, with natural, reclaimed, and recycled materials all holding sway in furniture, flooring, and ceiling constructions.
The pandemic has led human beings across the globe to value nature in a new way. Realtors are noticing a demand for homes with outdoor offices, compartmentalized relaxation and leisure zones, and staycation features. Sustainability is also the buzzword in the world of architecture and design, with natural, eco-friendly materials being preferred for renovated areas and structures.