What inspires people to update their landscape designs? The answer is so simple that it’s easy to overlook: entertaining.
While each homeowner has his or her own unique goals when deciding to update their backyard landscape, it appears the majority of people have FUN in mind. According to the 2014 Houzz Spring Landscaping Trends Study, 56 percent of homeowners were motivated to update their landscaping to make their yards friendlier for entertaining. The second biggest influence for an upgrade is to increase the functionality of their yards, and rounding out the top three reasons is to increase the value of their homes.
The trend continued last year. The 2015 Houzz Spring Landscaping & Garden Trends Study found that the top three uses of outdoor space were relaxing, gardening and entertaining.
Back Yards Are the Top Priority
Where have homeowners been focusing much of their effort – and finances? According to the 2014 survey, 72 percent of projects were located in the backyard, which is where most homeowners do their entertaining and eating.
Meanwhile, 65 percent of homeowners were adding or updating lighting in their back yards, which allows homeowners to entertain their guests until well into the evening hours. It gives them the chance to showcase any additions they’ve made to the fauna or flora in their yards, as well as provide a safe, well-lit environment.
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In fact, the 2015 Houzz study highlighted a tendency toward lighting up gardens. Keeping in mind that more than three-quarters – 78 percent – of homeowners are updating one or more of their outdoor systems and equipment, outdoor lighting proves to be the most common target. The survey found that 28 percent of homeowners were adding LED lighting while 23 percent were incorporating solar-powered lighting. Another 17 percent were including lighting outside of these two categories.
Where Do Homeowners Turn for Help?
When homeowners are having a major landscaping overhaul, they consistently turn to professionals for help. Nearly 6 in 10 consumers hire the expert advice of landscape contractors, gardeners, landscape architects and designers.
Considering the demand for landscape lighting to upgrade homeowners’ back yards, it’s important that contractors are providing the best products available to complete each project. There are major differences in the quality of lighting and equipment, especially when it comes to LED lamps.
Nite Time Decor offers industry-leading LED lighting products that guarantee brilliant illumination that keeps homeowners’ energy consumption low. To learn more about Nite Time Decor products, follow this link. Or click here if you’re interested in working with an expert contractor to complete your landscaping project.