According to the most recent Home Design Trends Survey from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), outdoor living areas/outdoor rooms are some of the more popular special function spaces. This reflects a growing emphasis on active, practical family lifestyles.


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In the backyard, the water reclamation trend has grown in the past year. Low-maintenance, low-irrigation landscaping continues to be important as well. Perhaps this trend is informed by the creative and amenity-filled outdoor living spaces seen in leading magazines.

Architectural Digest featured an outdoor fireplace, ample seating, and waterfall in a Santa Monica, California home.

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Image via Architectural Digest. Architect: Marc Appleton and associate Paul Williger


While Elle Decor shows a Santa Barbara, CA pool area that feels like a water park.


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Image via Elle Decor. Photo: Jim Bartsch. Credit: Courtesy of ORO Editions

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