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After years of limiting decorating to the interior of their homes, many people are turning their energy outside to create outdoor spaces for relaxing and entertaining. This shift reflects a new lifestyle – outdoor living – that extends beyond a home’s traditional walls.Decks have now become a true outdoor space as an extension of a home, and have become very functional. Having an outdoor retreat adds an economic component: Upwards of 80% of home buyers said patios and front porches are “essential” or “desirable,” according to the “What Buyers Really Want” survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
They now include outdoor kitchens, living areas with outdoor furniture, like sofas and hammocks, space for parents to sit and watch children play. And with this trend decks are getting bigger and better.
Homeowners are looking to put their personal stamp on their decks, investing more as they spend more time outdoors entertaining. As a result, the markets for railings, lighting, shade structures, built-ins and other creative accessories have skyrocketed. Sorting out the options creates a challenge as more companies enter the market and more deck-board manufacturers add accessories to their lines to create a one-stop approach. Read More…