April 20, 2015 1:42 am
Based on the survey and ordered by consumer expectation, the top 10 residential landscape projects are:
1. Native Plants
2. Native/Adapted Drought-Tolerant Plants
3. Food/Vegetable Gardens
4. Fire Pits/Fireplaces
5. Low-Maintenance Landscapes
6. Permeable Paving
7. Drip/Water-Efficient Irrigation
8. Rain Gardens
10. Rainwater/Graywater Harvesting
The majority of respondents reported the most popular outdoor recreation amenities will include spa features—hot tubs, Jacuzzis, whirlpools and indoor/outdoor saunas—and swimming pools. Another anticipated amenity is a sport court, such as for tennis or bocce.
Among the results, the top three most popular outdoor design elements include fire pits or fireplaces, grills and lighting. Pergolas, decks and fencing are expected to be the most popular outdoor structures. In terms of sustainable features, respondents named compost bins, geothermal heated pools and solar-powered lights.
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