The Latest Outdoor Living Trends: Functional and Efficient

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The Entertainer model at Maracay Homes’ Victory at Verrado, an active-adult community in Buckeye, Ariz. This floor plan features a breezeway connected by stackable glass doors to create a true indoor/outdoor living arrangement.

By Amy Olivarez

After a long day, do you love to lounge around your patio or backyard? The latest outdoor living trends do just that, with a focus on functionality and efficiency.

According to Elise Goodell, marketing manager for Maracay Homes, current outdoor living trends include designing harmony in indoor/outdoor living spaces, utilizing natural landscaping and functional pool features.

“We will continue to see an upward trend in functional outdoor spaces, from larger open areas with plenty of comfortable seating to grand kitchen areas featuring elaborate cooking islands, sinks, refrigerators and even brick ovens,” says Goodell.

Harmony Inside and Out

Since more homes are being designed to bring harmony to the interior and exterior of a home, homebuyers are using their outdoor spaces more than ever before.

“Buyers want the outdoor space to be an extension of their home, offering the same privacy, comfort and functionality of the home’s interior,” says Goodell. “For starters, they want welcoming front porches and large backyards with covered patios for relaxing with friends and family. But they also want the amenities to go along with the space, including cozy furniture, high-end appliances, fire bowls and plenty of light.”

Goodell says that Maracay Homes has also seen a trend in side, interior patios and courtyards. These spaces offer privacy, as well as a space for the family to enjoy the outdoors.

Native Landscaping

Along with integrating harmony between the interior and exterior spaces, utilizing natural plant life in landscaping is also a major trend in outdoor spaces.

Using plants native to the land complements the charm of the natural environment, while at the same time preserving natural resources.

“We’re seeing a decline in traditional lawns and a rise in drought-tolerant and native plant arrangements, not only for sustainable reasons but also for the low-maintenance aspect,” says Goodell. “These days, more and more people are interested in protecting the environment. And families that are busy with both parents working often don’t have time to take care of a lawn.”

Functional Pool Features

Another outdoor trend is swimming pools, but with more functionality in the design of the pool and its accompanying features.

“Raised pool decks have become popular for buyers looking to add seating,” says Goodell. “Swim-up bars that connect to an outdoor kitchen/bar area, tile decks and glass tile decorative walls, fountains and layered pool sections with horizon overflows and knife edges also are popular choices.”

If you often escape to nature when life gets too hectic, dive in to your very own outdoor space.

Amy Olivarez is a digital content intern for New Home Source.

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