2020 brought many challenges but perhaps one upside was a renewed interest in maximizing outdoor spaces for personal enjoyment and safe entertaining. Spending more time than ever at home provided homeowners with plenty of opportunities to daydream about new ways to enjoy their own piece of the great outdoors. Trend forecasters are calling for 2021 to be another year of finding creative solutions to enhance all of that time spent at home. Here are a few projected trends for the year to come.
Gone are the days of a simple swing set or sandbox. Backyards are trending towards becoming mini-adventure parks for kids. In-ground trampolines are not only safer than the traditional above-ground models but are much more attractive as well. Zip-lines, splash pads, bouldering walls, and obstacle courses can make your backyard the perfect spot for an epic game of Floor Is Lava.
Sheds and Guest Houses.
Many displaced office workers will continue to work from home in 2021. It’s expected that working from home may become the new norm in some industries, with companies cutting down on overhead and employees having taken a liking to the change of pace. As homeowners embrace the lifestyle change, many have their eye on creating a more permanent at-home workspace by building or retrofitting backyard sheds. Don’t let the word shed turn you off- these spaces can be very chic and really increase a home’s resale value. Personal gyms and yoga studios are more popular than ever and a small outbuilding can be the perfect fitness retreat. The tiny house movement has also inspired the construction of small backyard guest spaces, either for personal guests or as an additional source of revenue from booking sites like Airbnb or VRBO.
Forget farm-to-table restaurants, 2021 is all about the vegetable-garden-to-outdoor-kitchen-to-patio-dining experience. Vegetable gardens were very popular in 2020 and that trend doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. With a successful growing season already under their belts, these newly minted gardeners have their eyes on greenhouses, raised beds, and vertical gardens. Outdoor kitchens will get more elaborate, with wood-fired ovens an increasingly popular addition. After all, you’ve mastered your sourdough recipe so why not take it to the next level? Outdoor dining areas are being looked at with more of a year-round perspective as well. Multiple gas fire features, fire pits, and space heaters when placed correctly could greatly extend the amount of time you can entertain outdoors well into the winter.
With backyards already established as a personal oasis, homeowners will focus more on front yard spaces and the social possibilities they offer. Front porches are the perfect spot to be more social with neighbors and more in touch with what’s going on in your neighborhood. Something as simple as a pair of Adirondack chairs and a few cheery plantings can brighten up these spaces.
PA Landscape Group has talented designers ready to help you reimagine how you can borrow from some of these trends to maximize your enjoyment of your outdoor living space. Reach out today and let us turn your 2020 daydreams into 2021 realities.