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Whether you’re cooking, exercising or just hanging out, spend more time outdoors this year as backyards, decks and patios evolve into cozy extensions of the home.

The pandemic has changed the way we live, especially when it comes to homes. It launched a new homebody culture and backyard-centric lifestyle. More than ever, homeowners are now viewing their once-neglected outdoor spaces as literal extensions of their home’s interior. Balconies, decks, patios and decks are no longer just a place for children or pets to jump on, are transformed into sophisticated living spaces.

With travel restrictions and cabin fever in full swing, owners have taken the vacation vibe they’ve been deprived of to the backyard. Outdoor working, sleeping and cooking areas have become popular, along with functional, durable and comfortable seating and furniture.

While we’re all ready for life to return to normal, this sudden societal shift has certainly had benefits: more family time, more quiet time, happier animals spending more time with their people. For anyone working in the home design/construction industry, this has also been a boon for business.

People who live in flats without porches are looking to upgrade to a house connected to a balcony where they can enjoy fresh air and retain some types of greenery.

– Naser M. Ahmed, Group CEO, Tanseeq Investment Group of Companies

“People who live in flats without galleries are looking to upgrade to a house connected to a balcony where they can enjoy fresh air and retain some types of greenery,” says Naser M. Ahmed, Group CEO, Tanseeq Investment Group of Companies. “Similarly, owners and tenants who already have the latter type of living space are in turn looking to move into villas where they can cultivate their own private garden.”

The furnishing and home improvement sector has seen a steady increase in sales in 2020 and 2021. “Redesigning outdoor spaces has become a natural extension of the re-decor campaign,” says Sayed Habib, Director of Business Development, Franchising and E-Commerce, Danube Home. “The search for safer outdoor meeting places has become a hot trend among people confined to the house, which explains the increased emphasis on improving outdoor living spaces.”

Sagar Sawlani, director of the Royal Garden Centre, sees a renewed interest in vegetable and vegetable gardens. “There has been a tendency to

growing edible items in outdoor spaces like herbs, vegetables, etc., as well as outdoor dining like barbecues, dining table sets, and outdoor sinks/sinks,” he says.

Dake Rechsand, a Dubai-based company that provides sustainable solutions for water conservation and desert agriculture, has seen a significant increase in requests for Breathable Sand, which can enable lush vegetation with minimal damage. ‘water. “We can safely say that gardening and improving outdoor spaces are not just passing trends; they are the new normal,” says Chandra Dake, CEO of Dake Rechsand.

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Customers are increasingly looking for low-maintenance, eco-friendly and minimalist designs
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health and wellbeing

The pandemic has shown how essential well-designed backyards are to health, well-being and social interaction.

The search for safer outdoor meeting places has become a hot trend among people confined to the house, which explains the increased emphasis on improving outdoor living spaces.

– Sayed Habib, Franchise and E-Commerce Business Development Director, Danube Home

“Well-designed, quality landscaping is essential to maintaining good mental and physical health during difficult times,” says Ahmed. “Having a refreshing outdoor living space allows families to enjoy regular fresh air and enhanced vitality and relaxation from being outdoors.”

A well-executed landscaped exterior outfitted with greenery, a manicured lawn, and an organically decorated poolside is said to produce a soothing effect.

Courtyards and balconies are no longer seen as avoidable luxuries. “The pandemic has shown the value of landscaping in creating a person’s ideal outdoor living space,” says Sagar Sawlani. “Creating a well-designed outdoor living space gives people a place to escape to even in their own home.”

The pandemic has also renewed the focus on sustainability, health and wellness. “This development has led many people to grow their own vegetables in backyards and balconies, to develop self-sufficiency,” says Dake. “I see them as a positive response to a challenge.”

Creating a well-designed outdoor living space gives people a place to escape to even in their own home.

– Sagar Sawlani, Director, Royal Garden Center

A complete experience

From mirroring indoor interior design with comfortable lounge furniture and soft textiles to installing outdoor buildings that can be converted into home offices or home schooling rooms, experts s expect to see an increased demand for “transversal” spaces.

“Winter is a highly anticipated season in the UAE, a time when home entertainment and family barbecues increase exponentially,” says Ahmed. “Many people will opt for an outdoor barbecue station with an outdoor patio and seating as an absolute must. Gazebos and pergolas are also a popular addition to the garden.

During the pandemic, people have found that the best way to relax and unwind is to spend quality time outdoors participating in a range of activities including cooking, working, exercising , relaxing and swimming,” explains Habib.

People’s tastes vary, as Sawlani observes. “Each person would have a different ideal outdoor experience; some may want a beautiful space where they can host family and friends, cook fresh food and then dine together while others may simply want to create a serene, zen-like space where they can relax.

Natural greenery is also something people are aiming for as well, Dake says. “In the Middle East, natural greenery has not been achievable in a sustainable way as it requires a large amount of water, fertilizer and capital. People are now in the market for plausible solutions like Breathable Sand. Many want natural greenery, which can make any activity – working, entertaining, or exercising – more interesting.

In the Middle East, natural greenery has not been feasible in a sustainable way as it requires a large amount of water, fertilizer and capital. People are now in the market for plausible solutions like Breathable Sand.

– Chandra Dake, CEO, Dake Rechsand

Popular landscaping

What types of landscaping are gaining popularity? “Large family reunions at home are a central part of the social fabric of the Emirates,” says Ahmed. “This requires the incorporation of spacious outdoor patios, shaded structures like gazebos and pergolas, an outdoor barbecue station and perhaps an outdoor kitchen, and a wide array of beautiful greenery that are preferably adapted to the local climate while requiring little maintenance.”

Customers are increasingly looking for low-maintenance, eco-friendly and minimalist designs. “People want to turn their balconies, patios, backyards and front yards into awesome lounging spaces by sprucing up the ordinary, installing unique décor, while keeping prying eyes out,” says Habib.

Sawlani says, “People have realized the value of having more functional outdoor spaces, so layouts have been streamlined to become more space efficient as people prioritize the practical uses they have to mind for their gardens and balconies.

In the Middle East, growing live plants instead of relying on artificial ones is the general trend, says Dake. “The playing field is bigger in such cases and includes lawns, wooded landscapes and flower beds. Individuals, with relatively less space, are more inclined towards vertical gardens and pots in balconies and backyards.

The future of landscaping

Sustainable landscaping practices have gained tremendous importance in recent years, but they don’t have to be difficult to implement. “The simple practice of incorporating native plants into landscaping design can be a huge water saver, as they require 40-60% less water to thrive,” says Ahmed. “In addition, installing solar-powered lights can greatly contribute to energy conservation. At a more corporate and government level, businesses and government agencies may seek to invest in high quality gray water and black water recycling systems that seek to purify wastewater for non-potable purposes such as irrigation landscape.

Habib adds, “At Danube Home, we use our knowledge of living spaces to create design layouts that incorporate elements of the natural environment, furnishings and the latest landscaping techniques to create places of value and of beauty.

Designs, resource use, implementation and maintenance are all undergoing a transformation focused on sustainability, says Dake. “In areas like the Middle East, where xeriscaping or hydric landscaping is the only way forward, the timely emergence of solutions like Breathable Sand is remarkable. The possibilities and feasibility of hydric landscaping will open up the way to new designs and new developments.”