The 2016 UK Houzz Landscaping Survey unveiled an astonishing 59% of homeowners are prioritising outdoor living as the biggest influence in their overall outdoor project design.
The yearly study found that 90% of homeowners are updating structural elements, whilst 82% are revamping outdoor systems and equipment and 80% are transforming beds and borders. Due to the scale of these projects, over a third of outdoor overhaulers are obtaining the assistance of a landscape contractor/architect/designer or a gardener to ensure their projects run smoothly.
These types of garden makeovers are having a notable impact on British outdoor living, with 81% reporting that they spend more time outside as a result of these changes. Additionally, 78% of homeowners are now relaxing, 70% are eating and 67% are entertaining in their newly-transformed spaces. Gardening is no longer the most popular function of outdoor spaces, with 70% of Brits preferring to relax in their alfresco area.
With more than half of all outdoor renovators spending over five hours a week in their gardens, it's not surprising that outdoor shading options, such as our folding arm patio awnings and highly-acclaimed louvered roofs have never been in such high demand. Homeowners are rapidly realising the numerous lifestyle benefits an attractive alfresco area can provide, with our clients reaping the rewards of outdoor living on a day-to-day basis, remaining protected from harmful UV rays whilst sheltered from any unwelcome rain showers.