Over the past two years, how we relate to, interact with and use every day spaces has been reimagined. From where we work, to how we travel and shop, to the ways and frequency with which we use the indoor and outdoor spaces of our homes, much has changed.
As consumers everywhere continue to re-evaluate where and how they spend their time, outdoor living has never had a brighter moment in the spotlight.
“The pandemic has changed how we look at and use our homes, but one thing is clear – outdoor living space has never been more essential,” says Rod Schiefelbein, Australian Market Manager at Trex Company.
As we begin to navigate a post-pandemic world and continue to adjust to new ways of living, outdoor spaces will become even more important to Australians’ wellbeing.
Each year, Trex captures input from consumers, contractors, retailers and industry insiders to compile its annual Outdoor Living Forecast. Rod Schiefelbein has identified his top four trends expected to shape outdoor living for Australians in 2022.
Among the top trends predicted for the year ahead is the optimisation of outdoor spaces. As our homes have become offices, classrooms, fitness facilities – you name it – space has become a precious commodity. To optimise the usability of an outdoor space, look at dividing the space into multiple activity zones – spaces dedicated to various activities from relaxing and dining to areas for play, work and sanctuary.
Don’t overlook the space beneath an elevated deck which can be used for storing seasonal items or be used as bonus living space fully outfitted with furnishings, lighting, ceiling fans and entertainment components.
Another trend driven by the pandemic is the demand for private outdoor spaces. The past two years have left us craving not only connection but also increased safety and serenity. Thus, privacy is expected to be one of the biggest outdoor living trends for 2022.
With backyards being used for everything from meditation and exercise to rest and relaxation, homeowners are seeking ways to enhance seclusion. A popular option is to incorporate privacy walls using cladding or leftover deck boards. An easy fix, these half walls create visual separation while adding a modern touch to any outdoor environment.
Eco-Friendly and Easy-to-Maintain
With 2030 and 2050 targets committed to at COP26 – and sustainability continuing to be a core value of outdoor-loving Aussies – it’s no surprise that sustainability will be a cornerstone of home design and the products consumers are seeking in 2022. Equally important are materials that are easy to maintain without requiring a lot of time, effort and expense.
Composite decking falls right in this sweet spot. Built on green values, Trex Transcend composite decking is manufactured from 95% recycled materials and has a 56% lower carbon footprint than pressure-treated lumber. Trex decking is also extremely durable and will not scratch, warp, split, twist or splinter.
In 2021, we already started to see a departure from the clean, streamlined looks of recent years and in 2022 we will see curves make a comeback. Contractors are already reporting increased demand for arched windows, doors and openings, along with curved footprints for porches, decks and walkways for landscaping.
Many lines of Trex composite decking can be curved, along with Trex’s deck railing options. This line of durable, low-maintenance aluminium railing delivers sleek sophistication with a range of infill options, including traditional spindles, horizontal rods, mesh panels and glass inserts.
For more outdoor living ideas and inspiration, go to www.au.trex.com.