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Outdoor Living Is Trending Up in 2024

Big news: Outdoor living is trending up in 2024! Big names in home design — Houzz, HGTV, and Southern Living — have predicted outdoor living spaces will continue to be popular in the coming year as homeowners seek to maximize and expand their living areas, connect to the outdoors, and create dynamic spaces to enjoy and entertain friends and family.


Home renovation and design hub Houzz says blended indoor-outdoor spaces are hot. According to its article “12 Design Features Pros Say Homeowners Are Asking for Now,” homeowners are looking to blend indoors and outdoors to give them the perception that their houses are larger than their interior square footage. Outdoor living spaces expand living areas beyond the original interior footprint and leverage additional outdoor areas for personal enjoyment as well as entertaining — think sunrooms as well as decks, porches, and patios with roofs or pergolas that can help extend use throughout the day as well as through the year.

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Also high on the list are outdoor recreation features that help homeowners get more from their backyards. According to the Houzz experts, homeowners want flexibility to work and play at home, making health, wellness, and creating outdoor entertainment areas a major focus. Everything from pools and basketball courts to firepits, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens can help homeowners have more fun outside.

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Home gyms and home office spaces are also in demand right now, according to Houzz. For homes without enough current square footage to make dedicated gym or home office spaces, adding a sunroom or building out an existing porch could be the perfect solution to create extra square footage for in-home work and working out.

According to HGTV, multifunctional spaces are a home design trend for 2024, allowing homeowners to maximize their home’s square footage. This could mean sunrooms that do double duty for work time and leisure time. Or even a covered patio with a sofa, TV, and cozy fireplace that functions as a bonus living room.

Pushing the indoor-outdoor envelope, HGTV also predicts seamless indoor-outdoor spaces will be in demand in the coming year. There are so many ways to connect the indoors and outdoors! Build an outdoor bar adjacent to the kitchen, with windows that slide open to unite the two spaces. Customize an outdoor kitchen to take cooking — and even dining —beyond the traditional indoor kitchen. Adding a deck, porch, or patio to your home also bridges the connection between indoors and out, inviting you to spend more time outside.

Adjacent add-ons are also cited as a hot trend for 2024, according to Houzz. What’s an adjacent add-on? They’re talking about screened porches, covered porches, and sunrooms that allow homeowners to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about the weather or things like insects and pollen. Because these spaces sit directly off the main house, they create more design continuity between the home and the outdoor space.

Houzz’s experts specify that mixing materials in outdoor living spaces will be on-trend for 2024. According to Houzz, as outdoor living continues to be incorporated into daily life, homeowners are taking care to design cohesive outdoor spaces — factoring in landscaping, hardscaping, and natural aesthetics. If you want to incorporate hardscaping with your new or refreshed outdoor living space, Archadeck can do it all. Read more on our blog about how Archadeck can handle your custom combination projects to create a true one-of-a-kind outdoor living retreat for you and your family to enjoy.

Specifically, Houzz lists petite patios as a 2024 outdoor living trend. Searches on Houzz are up for small patios, porches, and screened-in porches, indicating homeowners with modestly sized yards are interested in expanding their living area into an inviting outdoor living space. For more on patio design, check out our blog chock-full of design ideas: “106 Patio Design Ideas to Add Wow Factor to Your Yard.”

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A final word about 2024 outdoor living trends from Southern Living, as reported in its “Exterior Home Trends in 2024” article: “Homeowners are looking to elevate exterior spaces so they truly function as part of the home.” The article cites adding fun features like outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and pizza ovens as well as incorporating unique design elements like columns, masonry, and steps as ways homeowners can elevate their outdoor spaces in 2024.

Whatever your outdoor living goals for the new year, Archadeck is ready to help you bring 2024 outdoor living trends and your own ideas to life in a new custom outdoor living space made just for you. From how you want to use your new space, to distinctive design details, to the investment you’re looking to make in your home, every design decision is about you, your style, your preferences, your goals — and your dreams.

At Archadeck, count on our design experts to help you customize your deck to your lifestyle and investment goals and create an outdoor living area that’s uniquely you. Our local owners use only premium products and trained, licensed contractors, and are backed by Archadeck’s exacting standards, professional code of conduct and three decades of proven experience as North America’s largest deck, porch and patio builder. Contact your local Archadeck today to get started.