Survey Examines 2014 Design Trends

Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular: 

Gardens/landscaped spaces – 94.2%

Outdoor living spaces (kitchens, entertainment spaces) – 92.0%

Outdoor recreation amenities (pools, spas, tennis courts) – 75.8%

Sustainable design practices – 74.2%

Vegetable/fruit gardens – 72.4%

Turf lawns – 54.0%

ADA/accessible design – 29.7%

Outdoor Living Features (Overall rating for 2014)

Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular:

Lighting – 98.3%

Seating/dining areas – 97.7%

Fire pits/fireplaces – 95.4%

Grills – 94.3%

Installed seating (benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps, boulders) – 89.6%

Outdoor furniture – 84.1%

Counter space – 75.5%

Utility storage – 65.5%

Stereo systems – 60.7%

Wireless/internet connectivity – 56.0%

Sinks – 55.0

Refrigerators – 53.7%

Televisions/projection screens – 49.4%

Outdoor heaters – 48.9%

Showers/baths – 46.8%

Outdoor cooling systems (including fans) – 37.2%

Hammocks – 34.1%

Bedrooms/sleeping spaces – 14.9%

Outdoor Recreation Amenities (Overall rating for 2014)

Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular:

Decorative water elements such as ornamental pools, splash pools, waterfalls, grottos, water runnels or bubblers – 86.1%

Spa features (hot tub, Jacuzzi, whirlpool, indoor/outdoor sauna) – 76.4%

Swimming pools – 73.8%

Sports/recreational spaces (tennis courts, bocce ball, etc.) – 58.6%

Movie/video/TV theatres – 42.3%

Landscape/Garden Elements (Overall rating for 2014)

Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular:

Low maintenance landscapes – 95.4%

Native plants – 84.5%

Fountains/ornamental water features – 83.9%

Food/Vegetable gardens (including orchards/vineyards etc.) – 76.4%

Xeriscaping or dry gardens – 69.1%

Organic gardens – 64.0%

Ponds/streams – 60.0%

Rain gardens – 58.3%

Rooftop gardens – 53.1%

Plant walls/vertical gardens – 49.7%

Sustainable Design Elements (Overall rating for 2014)

Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular:

Native/adapted drought-tolerant plants – 88.0%

Drip/water-efficient irrigation – 84.5%

Permeable paving – 78.9%

Reduced lawn – 72.6%

Recycled materials – 65.1%

Rainwater/graywater harvesting – 60.6%

Compost bins – 51.2%

Solar-powered lights – 42.7%

Geothermal-heated pools – 27.2%

Outdoor Structures (Overall rating for 2014)

Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular:

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