Anyone who has looked at real estate knows the inside of the house is not the only thing people check out. The yard, both front and especially the back, are key factors in the home-buying process. Here is a look at some of the current trends in outdoor living to look out for when searching for a home.
Low Maintenance and Sustainable Materials
People love big yards; however, they simply do not have the time to maintain one. That is why more people are looking to yards that are low maintenance and that have sustainable materials. For example, some people might opt for having drought-tolerant plants that do not require a lot of water, less turf grass and more materials such as red creeping thyme. So not only are they cutting back on the yard time, but are also being environmentally sound.
Making the Outdoors Like the Indoors
Another big trend is bringing the indoors to the outdoors. Instead of someone cooking outside with a radio or small portable TV, people are beginning to trick out their spaces with entertainment systems complete with flat screen and surround sound. They also incorporate outdoor furniture that is just as comfortable as the ones inside, and that also bring all the indoor comforts right onto the patio. They can also keep it safe with all-weather materials that also come in a variety of colors and fabrics.
Usually after working on the lawn or swimming in the pool, people want to have a quick shower to freshen up. But what most people are doing these days is building a shower that can be used outdoors. Outdoor showers have grown in popularity because they are convenient, and are a great way to cool down in the summer sun or to clean up before going into the house.