Want to know what’s in demand when homeowners have their backyards redesigned? The most recent edition of the Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has that information.
The survey, conducted in 2018, found that while many homeowners wanted sustainable features (like native and drought-tolerant plants), they don’t want to spend much time on it (as exposed in a request for low-maintenance landscapes and reduced lawn areas).
Ranked in expected order of popularity were the following features being requested in single-family, multi-family and retirement communities.
Dog-related recreation area – 68.0%
Designated area for other outdoor recreation – 61.5%
Bocce courts – 42.5%
Swimming pools – 36.8%
Pickleball courts – 30.0%
Hot tubs/whirlpools/Jacuzzis – 29.3%
Outdoor gym – 28.6
Lap pools – 27.2%
Basketball courts – 16.6%
Paddle tennis courts – 14.2%
Lawn croquet – 13.9%
Saunas – 11.8%
Tennis courts – 9.1%
New on the survey this year was a request for charging stations for mobile devices, with a 70% consumer demand. Wireless/Internet connectivity (one of the top 10 most requested features in 2017) continues in popularity.