If there’s one good thing the pandemic has left us with is a newfound appreciation of outdoor spaces – a must, in the time of social distancing – and that is shifting residential trends. Canadians don’t just want to hang out in parks and other public places, although those have skyrocketed in popularity since COVID-19. They want privacy, but outside.
A place to cook, eat, exercise and hang out. And with travel down because of the pandemic, people are spending more time in their homes which fuels their desire the make it a pleasant pace to be.
A recent study by Fixer interviewed 48 top experts in the home construction industry. Eighty-five percent of them said that homeowners are more willing to invest in outdoor living spaces than before the pandemic.
Personal, private outdoor spaces like yards and patios are IN right now. Here are some of the hottest trends for outdoor living spaces.
Outdoor kitchens are the most desired addition to outdoor living spaces in 2021. COVID-19 brought a renewed interest to both cooking and outdoor spaces, which is why purchases like barbeques have shot up. For those chefs really invested in a backyard kitchen, the options are endless from islands to countertops to topnotch grill set-ups.
Fire pits follow in close second for the most popular trends of 2021. They make a great focal point of a gathering, bringing warmth and light on those slightly chillier nights, and create a cozy atmosphere. Options range from gas or propone fueled, electric, or wood burning.
Covered patios are the third most popular choice this summer, according to the experts interviewed. That’s because it’s versatile, protecting the inhabitants from both the harsh sun and rainy, damp days.
In terms of design, having both a patio and a porch is the most popular set-up right now. Almost half of the experts interviewed listed this as the perfect combination compared to other options like a patio and a deck, or just a deck, or just a patio. That’s because with a patio and a porch, you get both curb appeal and privacy.
And, finally, three quarters of those surveyed said that the best way to connect indoor and outdoor spaces is with a sliding or folding door. It gives the illusion of more space from inside your home and creates a seamless experience between the two locations.