Homeowners care about the entertainment value a backyard offers, and they’re devoting money to sprucing these spaces up, according to the latest Houzz Landscaping Survey, based on responses by more than 750 homeowners who are either in the middle of a landscaping project or planning one.
Homeowners are investing in several landscaping projects to make their outdoor areas more livable, such as adding more seating with lounge furniture, dining furniture, and benches. They’re also adding fire pits, ceiling fans, and patio heaters so they can extend the use of their outdoor space into more seasons. Owners also say outdoor string lights and rugs can improve the outdoor ambiance too, the survey showed.
More than a quarter of homeowners report that their usable outdoor area is significantly larger than the interior of their home, so they’re wanting to take advantage.
Technology is also being added more into the outdoors. Of the surveyed homeowners who added or upgraded entertainment systems outside, the majority opted to add an outdoor television or wired and solar speakers.
The majority of the outdoor projects are occurring in the backyard at 70 percent, but 39 percent of homeowners say they updated their front yards and 30 percent their side yards. Homeowners adding or updating items in their front yard said they were more focused on curb appeal, such as adding flower beds and borders, shrubs, and perennials.
The costs vary widely for how much homeowners are spending on their landscaping projects. More than half of homeowners who completed their outdoor renovation spent more than $10,000, and nearly one-third of homeowners spent less than $5,000.
More than half of homeowners say that since finishing their remodeling project they are spending more time entertaining outside, with the majority say they’re enjoying it by relaxing or gardening.