Report Cites Major Spike in Demand for Outdoor Spaces
EL MONTE, CA — Outdoor spaces “are more important than ever,” with a vast majority of surveyed homeowners reporting they’re more interested in updating their outdoor living spaces than they were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report concludes.
According to the 2021 Outdoor Living Report, 83% of surveyed homeowners say they are more interested in updating outdoor residential spaces now than they were prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus, while 65% of homeowners aged 35-44 cite an outdoor kitchen “as very important if they were designing an outdoor space.”
The report’s findings were released in April by Danver Outdoor Kitchens, in conjunction with its business affiliates, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens and Trex Outdoor Kitchens. The companies’ product portfolio includes steel outdoor kitchens, cabinetry and amenities that include ventilation hoods, kitchen carts, stainless steel gas grills, refrigerators, ice makers, pizza ovens, ceramic smoker/grills and outdoor bartending centers.
“The soaring demand for outdoor living spaces reflects a significant shift in homeowner sentiment, and it’s one with serious staying power,” said Danver President Mitch Slater.
The report found that homeowners “are becoming bolder in their outdoor designs, perhaps seeking inspiration rather than relaxation while many still work remotely.” This includes brighter, more playful colors, like reds, yellows and oranges, and taking risks they might not take indoors, the report stated.
“In this new landscape, people are committing larger budgets for a comprehensive outdoor experience that caters to cooking, entertaining and everyday living,” said Phil Kean, president of Phil Kean Design Group, “Kitchens are now a necessity in these spaces, rather than an element saved for an update later on.”
“The mantra for so long has been ‘bring the indoors out’ (but) as outdoor products’ design now rivals what’s created for interiors, more clients ask to bring outdoor products in,” added designer Fernando Wong.