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3/1/2011

Residential Design Survey Respondents Look Ahead

Despite a down economy, landscape architects anticipate strong interest in outdoor living and designed residential landscapes, according to ASLA’s 2011 Residential Trends Survey. The survey asked 245 residential landscape architecture professionals questions on the relative popularity of a variety of design features and elements for the year. 

The most popular outdoor living features this year include lighting, with 96.2 percent indicating the feature as somewhat or very popular for 2011. Rounding out the top five are fire pits (94.2 percent), seating/dining areas (94.1 percent), grills (93.8 percent) and installed seating (89.5 percent). At the other end, only one in ten (10.4 percent) rated outdoor bedrooms and sleeping areas as a popular amenity for 2011.

Among landscape and garden elements, interest continues to focus on low maintenance landscapes (94.2 percent), native plants (87.2 percent) water features (81.0 percent), and food/vegetable gardens (80.3 percent).

Respondents also indicated wide interest in several sustainable design features, such as water-efficient irrigation (83.1 percent) permeable paving (77.0 percent) and reduced lawn (72.6 percent).

Outdoor Living Features (Percent rating somewhat or very popular for 2011)
Lighting – 96.2%
Fire pits/fireplace – 94.2%
Seating/dining areas – 94.1%
Grills – 93.8%
Installed seating (benches, seat walls, ledges, steps, boulders) – 89.5%
Weatherized outdoor furniture – 83.6%
Counter space – 74.2%
Utility storage – 61.3%
Stereo systems – 58.3%
Sinks – 54.7%
Refrigerators – 50.2%
Wireless/Internet connectivity – 46.3%
Televisions/projection screens – 45.4%
Outdoor heaters – 44.4%
Showers/bathing – 42.1%
Outdoor cooling systems (including fans) – 36.7%
Bedrooms/sleeping spaces – 10.4%

Outdoor Recreation Amenities
Decorative water elements such as ornamental pools, splash pools, waterfalls, grottos, water runnels or bubblers – 84.7%
Spa (hot tub, Jacuzzi, whirlpool, indoor/outdoor sauna) – 75.9%
Swimming Pools – 69.4%
Sports/recreational spaces (tennis courts, bocce ball, etc.) – 47.7%

Landscape/Garden Elements
Low maintenance landscapes – 94.2%
Native plants – 87.2%
Fountains/ornamental water features – 81.0%
Food/Vegetable gardens (including orchards/vineyards etc.) – 80.3%
Organic gardens – 65.5%
Ponds/streams – 62.5%
Rain gardens – 56.6%
Xeriscaping or dry gardens – 56.3%

Sustainable Design Elements Native/adapted drought-tolerant plants – 88.8%
Drip/water-efficient irrigation – 83.1%
Permeable paving – 77.0%
Reduced lawn – 72.6%
Recycled materials – 64.5%
Rainwater/graywater harvesting – 63.6%
Compost bins – 49.4%
Solar-powered lights – 48.8%
Geothermal-heated pools – 23.2%

Structures Fencing (includes gates) – 85.1%
Arbors – 83.8%
Pergolas – 82.6%
Steps – 79.3%
Ornamental water features such as fountains or splash pools – 77.5%
Decks – 74.4%
Porches – 72.3%
Art (sculpture etc.) – 60.7%
Utility shed (tool shed, garden shed etc.) – 59.3%
Play structures (tree house, swing set, etc.) – 58.9%
Pavilions – 52.9%
Awnings, including retractable – 49.6%
Gazebos – 49.6%
Columns – 40.9%
ADA-accessible structures (ramps, bars, accessible shelving etc.) – 23.5%

Here are the results in graph form:

Residential Survey - Outdoor Living Graph 

Residential Survey - Recreation Graph

Residential Survey - Garden Elements Graph

Residential Survey - Structures Graph

Residential Survey - Sustainable Elements Graph

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