Backyards are moving front and center

Homeowners are making “substantial” upgrades to outdoor spaces

Houzz, the highly popular home improvement/inspiration site, just released its 2016 Landscaping and Garden Trends Survey, and the results were clear: it’s time to do something about the backyard. In fact, among homeowners surveyed who had recently completed or were working on outdoor projects, a full 88% classified the work as being either “substantial” or “complete overhauls.” When asked to select the event that triggered the outdoor upgrade, 36% chose the following: Elements of the outdoor space deteriorated or broke down.

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Not surprisingly, the second most common motivator was finally having the financial means to make changes or updates. Close behind that was one that we can all relate to: wanted to do it all along and finally have the time.

Style, comfort, and beauty are top priorities

So now that we’ve decided to spruce up our spaces, what are the top priorities? The number one Houzz survey response: stylish, comfortable, and beautiful outdoor designs. “Low maintenance” is the single most important functional consideration, followed by “easy for the family to work, play, and be in,” and “easy to entertain in.”

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For many of us, “family” includes the four-legged kind, and today’s homeowners are keeping their furry friends top of mind when making design decisions. In fact, 42% of Houzz backyard renovators were making pet-related upgrades (think, space to run for dogs; paths to explore for cats), versus 33% making child-related improvements.


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Fiberon Decking is beautiful, easy to maintain, and ideal for entertaining

If you count yourself among the homeowners ready to undertake your own backyard upgrade, consider Fiberon® Decking. Our eco-friendly composites are available in a range of colors and grain patterns that provide the warm look of natural hardwoods without all the maintenance.


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There’s no sanding, staining, or refinishing needed. Plus, we offer plenty of railing solutions so you can create a stylish, safe outdoor space you can enjoy from dawn to dusk. Check out our newest products: Symmetry Decking and Symmetry Railing. And if you need help finding a contractor or locating a Fiberon dealer, we’ve got you covered there as well.

P.S. A recent article on puts “expanded outdoor living space” as the top remodeling project you’ll love for years to come. Time to get inspired!