The pandemic has affected nearly every part of our lives and construction landscape trends are no different. For example, gathering outdoors has played a major role in staying connected and socializing. So, it’s not surprising that enhancing outdoor space is a trend that experts say we’ll see a lot more of in 2022. Read on to learn more about improving your outdoor living space and find out what else is in store for construction landscape this year.
1. Improving or Increasing Outdoor Living Space
In our area, one of the most popular enhancements to outdoor space is the addition of fire pits. The colder months lead to upticks in COVID cases so many people opt to gather outside. Enjoying some beverages with family and friends around an outdoor fire pit is a safer way to socialize.
Another popular enhancement is adding an outdoor kitchen. That way you can entertain your guests while simultaneously preparing their food in your outdoor kitchen. These are just two examples of ways to improve your outdoor living space. Remember this work requires a solid foundation, landscape drainage solutions, and quality workmanship. Contact our experts for more information on these ideas.
Other ideas for your own personal enjoyment are reading spaces set among a group of trees in your back yard or creating a meditation area in your garden. As stress relief and mindfulness continue to become mainstream, these types of outdoor getaways will only increase in popularity and add value to your home. Equipping these spaces with lush plants, an arbor or pergola, and water features add to their appeal.
2. Choosing Eco-Friendly Upgrades
With all of the extra time at home over the last couple of years, many of us reviewed the environmental impact of our homes. One upgrade expected to gain popularity is the use of smart irrigation systems. Because water shortages continue to plague our region, many experts believe this enhancement serves a dual-purpose. Smart irrigation systems are eco-friendly (only watering when needed) and will save the homeowner money with lower water bills.
Additionally, creating rain gardens or installing permeable pavers are great eco-friendly friendly practices expected to take off in 2022. Rain gardens collect run-off storm water from driveways and roofs to be used for irrigation purposes. While the permeable pavers catch precipitation and surface runoff. The pavers store the water. Then, they slowly allow the water to seep into the soil below.
3. Adding Pet-Friendly Features
Did you know the pandemic caused more people to buy pets? It’s true. A recent Statista survey found an increase in pet ownership of four percent. Additionally, more people are working from home and spending more time with their pets. Therefore, pet-friendly outdoor features are on the rise.
Because dogs will cause dead spots in your lawn, opting to purchase a patch of synthetic turf for their bathroom use will save your lawn! Additionally, fence installation is also gaining popularity so pets will have a safe place to spend time outdoors and play.
4. Investing in Your Front Yard
Curb appeal is always crucial. Many homeowners are looking for ways to increase their home’s curb appeal. Simple landscaping is always important, but why not take it a step further and build a new walkway. Potential buyers will walk up your new walkway to enter your home and will immediately get a good vibe.
Another popular option is creating more privacy for your home by adding a living fence with trees and shrubs. The best alternatives are trees and/or shrubs that stay green year round. Not only will this provide a pleasing look, but the privacy aspect will increase curb appeal.
Even if you’re not currently thinking about selling your house, investing in your front yard will add value to your home when you’re ready to sell and will make you happy now!
Just remember that all of these enhancements require a solid foundation, landscape drainage solutions and quality workmanship so that your projects last a long time. Interested in learning more about these trending upgrades? Give us a call today!