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Trends in Outdoor Living

Each month we enjoy sifting through the various industry publications we receive in hopes of gaining new tidbits of knowledge or sources of inspiration.  We particularly enjoy perusing a standard piece in Professional Builder magazine that shares results from industry-wide surveys regarding a specific homebuilding topic.  It’s incredibly interesting to see how we relate to thousands of other homebuilders across the country.

Last month, the survey was about trends in outdoor living.  The results show that 52.6% of homebuilders say that outdoor living features are more important in new homes today then they were two years ago.  We agree.  Here in Houston, we have definitely experienced an uptick in demand for high-quality and comfortable options for entertaining and relaxing outdoors.

Survey results also highlighted the best-selling outdoor living features, with a traditional outdoor deck coming in first place and outdoor fireplaces or fire pits in second.  Among the other top 10 were several features that we find all of our clients requesting, such as landscaping, a stone or brick patio, exterior lighting, and an outdoor kitchen (with appliances).  Overall, we thoroughly enjoy helping our homeowners to design and create functional and beautiful outdoor living spaces with their homes.  Below is a portfolio of some of our favorites.

If you would like to see more photos of these homes, you can return to our main website’s Portfolio Page.  To find details of features included in some of these outdoor living spaces, visit are archived blog post here.

Click here if you’d like to visit the online version of the Professional Builder article.

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Marie Sims

As a veteran team member of Sims Luxury Builders, Marie enjoys sharing what she’s learned with the world.


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