Survey Reveals Top Ten Design Trends for Residential Landscape Architecture

Rainwater/graywater harvesting top trend for 2016

Sustainable design is the big trend for residential landscapes, according to the 2016 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The top trend—rainwater/graywater harvesting—reflects a growing consumer demand for beautiful residential landscapes that also save water.

Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2016. The survey was fielded February 4 through February 18, 2016, with 803 responding.

Respondents expected the greatest demand for outdoor living spaces that are environmentally sustainable, reduce water costs and are low maintenance.

Here are the top ten project types with the expected highest consumer demand:

Water-focused design elements dominated this year’s top ten list and reflect consumers’ growing commitment to landscapes that reduce water use and stormwater runoff, says Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA.

'Water issues are hot topics for many communities, and many people are turning to landscape architects for creative green infrastructure solutions,' said Somerville. 'Sustainable residential landscape architecture, if part of a broader integrated site design, can dramatically reduce water usage and stormwater runoff over the long term while creating a healthy residential environment.'

The top three most popular outdoor design elements include fire pits/fireplaces (75 percent), lighting (67 percent) and wireless/internet connectivity (66 percent).

The top landscape and garden elements include native plants (86 percent), low-maintenance landscapes (85 percent) and food/vegetable gardens (75 percent). Pergolas (51 percent), decks (47 percent), arbors (44 percent) and fencing (44 percent) are expected to be the most popular outdoor structures.

The hottest sustainable design elements include rainwater/graywater harvesting (88 percent), native/adapted drought tolerant plants (85 percent) and permeable paving (77 percent).

The most popular outdoor recreation amenities for 2016 will include sports courts (41 percent), spa features (40 percent) and swimming pools (36 percent).

For more landscape ideas for your home, and to find a professional in your area, visit www.asla.org/residentialinfo.

Outdoor Design Elements

Ranked in expected order of popularity for 2016

Outdoor Recreation Amenities

Ranked in expected order of popularity for 2016

Landscape/Garden Elements

Ranked in expected order of popularity for 2016

Outdoor Structures

Ranked in expected order of popularity for 2016

Sustainable Elements

Ranked in expected order of popularity for 2016

Press-release writer/sender: Karen Grajales, February 23, 2016

Press-release source: American Society of Landscape Architects - WASHINGTON, D.C.

Source web site: American Society of Landscape Architects

Published by Agrolinker: Mar 15, 2016

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