27 Apr Permeable paving, fireplaces seen as popular this year
As homeowners go outside and survey the landscape this spring, they are increasingly looking to preserve the environment, conserve water and reduce landscape maintenance.
It sounds to us like they’re singing our song.
According to the 2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), as quoted in ForResidentialPros.com, sustainable and low-maintenance design are the top trends for residential landscape projects, with fire pits/fireplaces and permeable paving falling within the top 10 project types. An estimated 78 percent of respondents have an interest in fireplaces and 77 percent are interested in permeable paving.
Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2015. The survey was fielded February 13 through February 27, 2015, with 581 responding. ASLA redesigned the survey for 2015 and introduced a new methodology to more clearly rank the popularity of different types of landscape projects.
Respondents expected the greatest demand for ecologically sensitive projects intended to preserve the environment, conserve water and reduce landscape maintenance.
Here are the top ten project types with the expected highest consumer demand:
- Native plants (85 percent)
- Native/adapted drought-tolerant plants (83 percent)
- Food/vegetable gardens (79 percent)
- Fire pits/fireplaces (78 percent)
- Low-maintenance landscapes (78 percent)
- Permeable paving (77 percent)
- Drip/water-efficient irrigation (74 percent)