Published annually by The American Institute of Architects, the AIA home design trends survey gives insight into how the market is performing, but what customers are interested in.
This 2016 report sheds some light on the landscape industry as well.
We learn that the trend for larger homes is still on the uptick. The trend challenges landscape architects to combat municipality’s permeable surface limitations with permeable paving or vertical gardening when creating outdoor spaces.
Another popular trend fueled by an increase in median age is being mindful of accessibility issues. This effects outdoor spaces as well and must be thought of ahead when creating walkways, gates, and outdoor entertainment spaces.
One of the most interesting and most pressing trends is not the increase in those interested in high end landscapes, but those that also seek ones that require low irrigation. It is something that we hear frequently from our customers. “I want something low maintenance.” It is heartening to see that a sense of responsibility to environmental preservation is continuing to creep into design fields.
As design professionals it is important that we don’t design inside a box. We try to keep abreast of all sorts of industry trends so we can deliver the most thought out products for our customers.