In the new Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends Study, homeowners said that they had recently performed “substantial or complete” yard renovations. Out of 958 registered U.S. Houzz users surveyed in February 2016, the top four reasons for upgrades were: more outdoor space needed repairs, homeowners were now financially stable to take on DIY home repairs, homeowners finally had the time and ability to take on the projects, and homeowners wanted to make a new home purchase their own.

Pool and Spa’s senior editor, Linda Green breaks down the top findings from this recent survey.

What sort of outdoor projects were undertaken? Patio or terrace upgrades top the list, followed by gazebos and pergolas; then decks, sheds/workshops, hot tubs, swimming pools, and greenhouses.

When asked what kinds of changes were planned, much attention was lavished on flower beds and lawns. However, 51 percent expected to perform pathway updates; 23 percent said waterfeatures; and 18 percent wanted to upgrade fire features. Outdoor lighting updates were must-haves, too, with illuminated pathways dominating (60 percent), followed by decks/patios (57 percent). Additionally, 24 percent of homeowners wanted to light up waterfeatures, while 10 percent said pools.

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