Make outdoor living a part of your green home design
Gone are the days of home interiors and exteriors being treated as separate spaces.
Realtor.com’s 2014 "home crush" survey found that outdoor spaces were the most desired feature in a home, with 54 percent of women and 46 percent of men saying “outdoor living spaces make them fall in love with real estate.” Now, more than ever, builders and remodelers are tasked with blurring the lines between the interior and exterior, creating beautiful and efficient multi-use spaces.
New patio doors and windows make it easy to create a seamless transition to the outdoors, emphasizing sprawling views and inviting natural light in without added energy loss and maintenance.
Representing a quarter of the U.S. population, millennials are the next big market for builders and remodelers. And, with a passion for personalization, they know what they want and aren’t afraid to put in a little sweat equity to get it.
“Today’s homeowners are increasingly looking to the backyard not just for relaxation, but also as a primary space for social gatherings” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex.
According to a 2014 Better Homes and Gardenssurvey, 34 percent of millennials reported wanting to work in an outdoor living or entertaining area, and 42 percent wanted to add exterior upgrades like a deck, porch or patio. Much of the under-35 crowd is also taking on these upgrades themselves, spending more than $1,000 a year on DIY projects, according to a survey conducted by Cricut.
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