PRENTICE HOMES ©2011
DECK AND FENCE
FROM YARDS TO OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES!
The slowdown in home sales has been accompanied by a surge in overall residential
remodeling. Enhance existing spaces rather than add more square footage. Garages are
among the spaces getting extreme make-overs to be used for hobbies, parties, wine
storage and even cooking. Remodeling fever has also hit the Canadian backyard. Over
the last couple of years there has been greater emphasis on outdoor living space. Outdoor
kitchens and cooking spaces are a recent phenomenon, along with greater investments in
decks, porches and gazebos. Lot sizes have been getting smaller, but people are using
them more intensively. Manufacturers are capitalizing on this trend by developing
all-weather products - lamps, leather-like fabric and even rugs - for these super yards.
Porches, patios and backyards are being viewed as literal rooms' of the home. They're
being furnished with the same considerations for style, comfort and function as the
indoor living areas.