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2019-04-17 15:46:12
Top Outdoor Features That Buyers Are Looking For

Firepits, space for dogs, and native plants top the lists of most desired outdoor features in 2018, according to a new report by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2018, and knowing the results may give sellers an edge when buyers come to tour a house. 

Top Ten Outdoor Design Elements 
Ranked in expected order of popularity for 2018

1. Fire pits/ fireplaces 
2. Lighting
3. Seating/dining areas
4. Outdoor furniture
5. Outdoor kitchens
6. Decking (i.e., rooftop decking, etc.)
7. Grills
8. Movie/TV/video theaters, wireless/internet, stereo systems
9. Outdoor heaters
10. Stereo systems

Top Ten Landscape/Garden Elements
Ranked in expected order of popularity for 2018

1. Native plants
2. Low-maintenance landscapes
3. Rain gardens
4. Food/vegetable gardens (including orchards, vineyards, etc.)
5. Water-saving xeriscape or dry gardens
6. Organic gardens
7. Rooftop gardens
8. Plant walls/vertical gardens
9. Planters, sculptures, garden accessories
10. Decorative water elements (ornamental pools, fountains, splash pools, waterfalls, grottos, water runnels or bubblers) 

Top Ten Outdoor Recreation Amenities (Single Family and Multi-Family Residences) 
Ranked in expected order of popularity for 2018

1. Dog-related recreation area
2. Designated area for other outdoor recreation
3. Bocce courts
4. Swimming pools
5. Pickleball courts
6. Hot tubs/whirlpools/Jacuzzis
7. Outdoor gym
8. Lap pools
9. Basketball courts
10. Paddle tennis courts

If you're considering renovating your backyard, it may be wise to keep these elements in mind to add the most appeal to potential buyers! 

Source: American Society of Landscape Architects

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