Watch: How to Integrate Indoor and Outdoor Space Sustainably

Homeowner interest in outdoor living space has skyrocketed in recent years. What features are most desirable, and how can you tread lightly on the local ecosystem?

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Recently, Sara Gutterman, CEO of Green Builder Media, spoke with Craig Mauk, Chief Operating Officer at Pioneer Landscape Centers, about trends in outdoor living spaces. In this video, they discuss the mushrooming interest in enhanced outdoor living spaces due to COVID and the inflationary economy.“Homeowners have been keen to expand their indoor living spaces to the outside,” Mauk asserts. 

When looking to buy a home, outdoor living areas have a larger importance than ever. People are looking to create seamless indoor-outdoor spaces, grow their own food and entertain family and friends.

“Anything sustainable has become a trend,” explains Mauk. “We've seen interest in xeriscaping grow substantially over the past few years. It's a way that homeowners can add value to their homes and make it beneficial to the environment and community.”

During the conversation, Gutterman notes that Green Builder Media’s COGNITION Smart Data shows that “water conservation is the number one decision-making factor when our readers are making decisions about planning their outdoor living space.”

“Arizona is ahead of the curve on that one, given that the state has been dealing with water issues for so long,” Mauk says, “But things like artificial turf and landscape rock that reduce the amount of water required to keep an aesthetically pleasing landscape have definitely taken off.” Adding that, “In Colorado, we're starting to see more grass bans where there's a limited amount of grass allowed in a landscape. Arizona is almost to the point where they require zero grass.”

Watch the video to learn more about environmentally friendly yard features and designs, sanctuary spaces, and artificial turf advancements.