What’s Trending with Landscape Designs From Fire Pits to Pergolas

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How many hours do you spend taking care of your lawn every week? On average, people in the United States spend 4 hours a week engaged in this activity. When you add this up, you’re spending about 208 hours, or more than 8 days, caring for your lawn.

If you’d rather spend your time outside doing other things, such as gardening, relaxing, or entertaining, why not hire a landscape design service? Since 83% of Americans think it’s important to have a yard, and 90% with a yard think it’s important to keep it well-maintained, having landscape design services sounds like a great idea.

Furthermore, a recent Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of the National Association of Landscape Professionals discovered some interesting information. Apparently, 67% of the participants agreed that to have a nice or nicer yard, you need a professional landscape designer. While homeowners often have the best of intentions coupled with a few design ideas, a landscape architect has extensive experience with this.

If you’re in the process of preparing your home for sale, were you aware that landscaping can increase your resale value by 14%? It’s also important to note that almost 90% of real estate agents recommend landscaping prior to placing a house on the market. Since your house’s curb appeal will be enhanced, chances are that it will sell faster.

Does the house you’re selling have a patio? If not, you may want to call in a patio designer because the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association reports that these are much sought after by new homebuyers. While you’re having a new patio installed, you may also want to take care of other landscaping issues in the back or side yards.

Have you just moved into a new house with poor landscaping or no landscaping at all? If you’re like most other homeowners, then you’re going to want to upgrade your outdoor living spaces as soon as possible. You may decide to begin with the backyard, which is what 64% of the survey participants reported they did.

Are you looking for a few ideas? The “2016 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey” has several that might appeal to you. Here’s what was at the top of the list for outdoor design elements:

  • Fire pits and fireplaces: 74.9%
  • Lighting: 66.6%
  • Wireless Internet connectivity: 65.8%

At the top of the list for outdoor structures were these additions:

  • Pergolas: 50.9%
  • Decks: 47.4%
  • Arbors: 44.3%

Whether you’re buying or selling, having a beautifully landscaped yard can make a difference. If you’ve lived in your home for a while and are planning to revitalize your outdoor living spaces, schedule a consultation with a professional landscape architect. When you’re still searching for ideas, the good news is that they will have quite a few of them when they see your outdoor areas.

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