The 2014 fourth annual Houzz & Home survey found that three out of five homeowners made upgrades to their yards and outdoor structures. The report also found that despite an age gap, (between ages 25-34 and ages 55+) millennial homeowners were just as likely to renovate their homes as other age groups. The survey included 260,000 respondents globally, with three-quarters (170,000+) of the respondents in the U.S.
More than half of Houzz users (62%) made outdoor renovations which includes making upgrades to the ground and outdoor systems as well as updating outdoor structures. While only one in 10 homeowners on Houzz is 25-34, relatively the popularity and spending was similar to that of baby boomers.
The most popular outdoor renovations were landscaping of garden beds or borders which was tackled by two in five homeowners. One in five upgraded their natural lawn, and one in 10 upgraded their irrigation system.
The survey also discovered that, not only is there a bridge between ages, the popularity of outdoor projects is also consistent across income levels.
Half of homeowners hired specialty contractors, which included 19% of homeowners hiring a landscape contractor and 10% hiring a landscape architect or designer. Millennials were more likely than older homeowners to hire a specialty service provider.
Projected in the year 2015 more than half of Houzz users plan to continue renovating or to tackle new renovations, with four in five users looking to hire professionals.