Outdoor Living

2015 HOUSING TRENDS: Exteriors are getting a lot of attention

By Charles Richardson

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Curb appeal is important. Make no mistake. Even though the interior of a house often gets the majority of the homeowner’s attention, the exterior is equally important. According to Better Homes and Gardens, “an eye-catching exterior is one of the hottest home trends, and it’s a feasible update for both new and old homes. A front yard garden, fresh exterior color, updated hardware, or a new garage door can work wonders for your home’s facade.” The good news is families have more options and materials than ever to create the ideal exterior for their dream home.

Exterior trends to look for in 2015:

Outdoor Water Feature Trends for 2015

Outdoor Water Feature Trends for 2015

By Charles Richardson

Over the past few years, homeowners have taken a particular interest in expanding their living experience beyond the walls of their homes. The great outdoors have become a popular place to gather on the porch or patio with friends, or retreat into the quiet solitude of a well-cultivated garden. This year, we are continuing to see more and more homeowners incorporate water features to take that experience to the next level.

NEW HOUSING TRENDS 2015: Versatile Gardens

NEW HOUSING TRENDS 2015: Versatile Gardens

By Charles Richardson

Home gardens are continuing to be a popular trend in 2015. Over the past few years, homeowners have begun placing more emphasis on the outdoor living experience, utilizing decks, porches, patios, mini courtyards, terraces, verandas, and more. As part of this mass pilgrimage to the back yard, gardens have begun receiving extra attention from families, couples, and individuals of every age. “The garden has become a place for people to reconnect with nature,” says Chuck Tripp, of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. “They serve as a retreat from the stress and frenzy of everyday life.”

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  • Large kitchen with island, serving bars, and a window over the sink.
  • Big utility room and walk-in pantry.
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