Tyler Today February-March 2015 : Page 58

Outdoor Spaces Created for Outdoor Living by Laura Jett Krantz Outdoor living spaces remain a hot trend for homeowners and have become a must-have on the shopping list of homebuyers, but formal gardens have given way to outdoor living in a more relaxed setting of native plantings and stone features. “Homeowners are spending more time at home and looking for a retreat from the everyday hustle. They’re making the backyard that place by adding more natural landscaping and lots of color with stone patios, large pots and sitting areas -all in a natural setting,” says Joe Weber, owner of Weber Landscape and Maintenance. Demand remains strong for spaces that can be used for both entertaining and relaxing, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey. The survey category of gardens and landscaped spaces received a 94.2% rating as somewhat or very popular. Outdoor living spaces, defined as kitchens and entertainment spaces, were the second most popular at 92.0%. Respondents also noted that the most popular landscape and garden elements for 2014 included low-58 FEB / MAR 2015 maintenance landscapes (95.4%), native plants (84.5%), and fountains/ornamental water features (83.9%). “Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property,” says ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth-friendly.” During the spring of 2014, Houzz surveyed 4,500 of its users who were in the midst of, or planning, a landscape update. The results showed that backyards are turning into entertaining spaces (83%), outdoor eating spaces (73%) and outdoor living rooms (53%). To make this possible, homeowners were incorporating features like patios and decks (83%), BBQs (48%), fire pits (48%), sound systems (19%) and outdoor kitchens (14%). Myra Petty, Vice President of Petty’s Irrigation and Landscaping, says customers in East Texas continue to ask for hardscape, such as flagstone patios, pavers and outdoor kitchens. As demand for these spaces has grown over the

Outdoor Spaces Created For Outdoor Living

Laura Krantz

Outdoor living spaces remain a hot trend for homeowners and have become a must-have on the shopping list of homebuyers, but formal gardens have given way to outdoor living in a more relaxed setting of native plantings and stone features.<br /> <br /> “Homeowners are spending more time at home and looking for a retreat from the everyday hustle. They’re making the backyard that place by adding more natural landscaping and lots of color with stone patios, large pots and sitting areas - all in a natural setting,” says Joe Weber, owner of Weber Landscape and Maintenance.<br /> <br /> Demand remains strong for spaces that can be used for both entertaining and relaxing, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey. The survey category of gardens and landscaped spaces received a 94.2% rating as somewhat or very popular. Outdoor living spaces, defined as kitchens and entertainment spaces, were the second most popular at 92.0%. Respondents also noted that the most popular landscape and garden elements for 2014 included lowmaintenance landscapes (95.4%), native plants (84.5%), and fountains/ornamental water features (83.9%). <br /> <br /> “Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property,” says ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth-friendly.” <br /> <br /> During the spring of 2014, Houzz surveyed 4,500 of its users who were in the midst of, or planning, a landscape update. The results showed that backyards are turning into entertaining spaces (83%), outdoor eating spaces (73%) and outdoor living rooms (53%). To make this possible, homeowners were incorporating features like patios and decks (83%), BBQs (48%), fire pits (48%), sound systems (19%) and outdoor kitchens (14%).<br /> <br /> Myra Petty, Vice President of Petty’s Irrigation and Landscaping, says customers in East Texas continue to ask for hardscape, such as flagstone patios, pavers and outdoor kitchens. As demand for these spaces has grown over the years, so has the desire to be able to use them year-round and late into the evening. As a result, outdoor fireplaces or fire pits remain popular.<br /> <br /> The latest trend seems to be LED lighting. The Houzz survey also found that seven in ten homeowners were installing lights to illuminate their hardscape for evening entertaining. Of the two thirds of homeowners updating the lighting of their lawn, the majority are going green with LED (58%).<br /> <br /> With an improving economy, homeowners may be closer than ever to dusting off those long-shelved plans to create that perfect outdoor living space. The biggest spending increase for homeowners will likely be in the design/build area of landscaping, with a potential for spending to double, according to a 2013 study commissioned by the Professional Landscape Network, or PLANET.<br /> <br /> The choices can be overwhelming when starting a project of this scale. The Tyler Area Builders Association’s 35th Annual Home Products Show will offer plenty of inspiration and information to homeowners looking to restyle or remodel any space, not just outdoor spaces. More than 100 TABA experts will be exhibiting their specialties from lighting to landscaping. Many are offering hands-on displays and demos for Home Products Show visitors.<br /> <br /> Petty’s Irrigation and Landscaping will host an educational session about how and when to fertilize and prune crepe myrtles, roses and azaleas. They will discuss the importance of drainage for landscape areas, and will also have a brief discussion on the advantage of adding hardscapes that will enhance the quality of outdoor living spaces.<br /> <br /> “The improving economy means many homeowners are finally ready to do those upgrades or updates they may have postponed for the last few years,” said Libby Simmons, executive vice-president of the Tyler Area Builders Association. “The convention center will be filled with Tyler Area Builders Association members who will be showcasing the latest and greatest to help homeowners make those decisions.” In fact, the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index (RMI) continued to show strong demand through the end of 2014 with increasing demand expected in 2015. The most popular renovations remain kitchens and bathrooms, with flooring, painting and landscaping rounding out the most popular updates.<br /> <br /> The Tyler Area Builders Association’s 35th Annual Home Products Show will be held 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27; 10 a. m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler. Tickets are $5 for adults and children twelve and under are free. Seminars are included with admission price. Visitors can also enter to win giveaways during the show.<br /> <br /> About 2,500 visitors attended the Home Products Show last year.<br /> <br /> For more information, contact the TABA office at 903-561-3964 or visit tylerareabuilders.com

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/Outdoor+Spaces+Created+For+Outdoor+Living/1923063/245016/article.html.

Previous Page  Next Page


Publication List
Using a screen reader? Click Here