Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Cocooning, Outdoor Living Likely to Grow More Popular

A survey of more than 1,000 homeowners by the Propane Education & Research Council found that half of all respondents say they are spending more time at home than they were five years ago. Four out of five homeowners said it is very or somewhat important to them to have an outdoor living space where they can relax and entertain, including 89% of homeowners with kids under the age of 18 living at home.
Some 34% of homeowners said they are planning to add or remodel an outdoor room, including 44% of homeowners ages 18-44. Approximately three in five homeowners said it was likely that they would do some home remodeling or renovations in the near future, with 74% of homeowners aged 30-44 planning to do so. Some 53% said they were planning to remodel their kitchen, and 51% said they planned to design and furnish an outdoor room.
When it comes to outfitting that outdoor room, 94% of homeowners said they were likely to include outdoor lighting units and 86% said they would have a gas grill. Nearly 80% also were likely to include mosquito eliminators; 67% were likely to include an outdoor fireplace or pit; and just over half (53%) were likely to include patio heaters.

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