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Homeowners took the holiday vibe, which they had been deprived of during the pandemic, in the backyard
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Whether you’re cooking, exercising, or just hanging out, spend more time outdoors this year as backyards, decks and patios transform into cozy extensions of the home.

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

With travel restrictions and cabin fever in full swing, the owners took the vacation vibe they had been deprived of into the backyard. Outdoor working, sleeping and cooking spaces have become popular, along with functional, durable and comfortable seating and furniture.

While we’re all set to get life back to normal, there have certainly been glimmers of hope in this sudden societal shift: more family time, more quiet time, happier animals spending more time. time with their people. For anyone in the home design / construction industry, this has also been a boon to business.

People who live in apartments without galleries are looking to move to a home connected to a balcony where they can enjoy the fresh air and retain certain types of greenery.

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

“People who live in apartments without galleries are looking to move to a home connected to a balcony where they can enjoy the fresh air and retain certain types of greenery,” says Naser M. Ahmed, Group CEO, Tanseeq Investment Group of Companies. “Likewise, owners and tenants who already have this 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 saw a steady increase in sales through 2020 and 2021. “The redesign of outdoor spaces has become a natural extension of the re-decoration 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 Center, sees a resurgence of interest in vegetable and vegetable gardens. “There has been a tendency to

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

Dake Rechsand, a Dubai-based company providing sustainable solutions in water conservation and desert agriculture, has seen a significant increase in requests for breathable sand, which can enable lush vegetation with minimal water. “We can safely say that gardening and improving outdoor spaces are not just fleeting trends; they’re 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 made it clear how essential well-designed backyards are to health, well-being and social interactions.

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, Director of Franchise and E-Commerce Business Development, Danube Home

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

It is said that a well-appointed and landscaped exterior, complete with greenery, a manicured lawn and an organically decorated swimming pool, produces a calming effect.

Courtyards and balconies are no longer seen as an avoidable luxury. “The pandemic has shown the value of landscaping in creating an ideal outdoor living space for one person,” says Sagar Sawlani. “Creating a well-designed outdoor living space gives people a place where they can escape, even inside their own home. “

The pandemic has also sparked renewed interest in sustainability, health and well-being. “This development has led many people to grow their own vegetables in backyards and balconies, in order to develop their independence,” explains Dake. “I see them as a positive response to a challenge. “

Creating a well-designed outdoor living space gives people a place where they can escape, even inside their own home.

– Sagar Sawlani, Director, Royal Garden Center

Complete experience

From mirroring an interior interior design with comfy lounge furniture and soft textiles to installing exterior buildings that can be transformed into home offices or home teaching rooms, the experts expect to see an increased demand for “transterial” spaces.

“Winter is a much anticipated season in the UAE, a time when home entertaining and family barbecues are increasing exponentially,” Ahmed said. “A lot of 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 discovered that the best way to relax and unwind is to spend quality time outdoors, indulging in a variety of activities, including cooking, working, eating. exercise, relaxation and swimming, explains Habib.

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

Natural greenery is also something people are looking for, Dake says. “In the Middle East, natural greenery has not been sustainably achievable because it requires a lot of water, fertilizer and capital. People are now looking 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 sustainably achievable because it requires a large amount of water, fertilizer and capital. People are now looking for plausible solutions like breathable sand.

– Chandra Dake, CEO, Dake Rechsand

Popular outdoor landscaping

What types of outdoor landscaping are growing in popularity? “Large family gatherings 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 suitable greenery. preferably local climate and low maintenance. “

Customers are increasingly looking for low-maintenance, eco-friendly and minimalist designs. “People want to transform their balconies, terraces, backyards and front yards into impressive relaxation spaces by embellishing the ordinary, installing a unique decor, while keeping prying eyes away,” explains Habib.

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

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

The future of landscaping

Sustainable landscaping practices have grown in importance in recent years, but it doesn’t have to be difficult to implement. “The simple practice of incorporating native plants into landscaping design can save water significantly as they require 40 to 60 percent less water to thrive,” says Ahmed. “Plus, installing solar-powered lights can go a long way in conserving energy. At a more corporate and governmental level, businesses and government agencies may seek to invest in high quality gray and black water recycling systems that seek to purify wastewater for non-potable purposes such as irrigation. landscapes.

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 regions like the Middle East, where landscaping or water efficient landscaping is the only way forward, the timely emergence of solutions like breathable sand is remarkable. The possibilities and feasibility of water-friendly landscaping will pave the way for new designs and developments.


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