Jun 6, 2024 - News

Entertainment is the backyard upgrade trend

Illustration of a roll of turf opening to reveal flowers, a bee, and a mushroom.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Backyard food and drink stations offer a hot backyard upgrade, custom architects nationwide say.

The big picture: Nearly one-third of bespoke homes designed in the past year include an outdoor kitchen, according to a new survey by Residential Design magazine and John Burns Research and Consulting.

  • Beverage fridges, grills and firepits are some of the most common al fresco features.
The bar chart illustrates the year-over-year increase in U.S. Taskrabbit bookings for backyard tasks from January-April 2023 to January-April 2024, with fence installation seeing the highest growth at 62%.
Data: Taskrabbit; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, but: You don't need to devote tons of your own time and money to spruce up the backyard.

  • Taskrabbit backyard bookings climbed 12% through April compared to the same time period in 2023, per data from the gig marketplace.

Worth's thought bubble: I recently talked with friends who plan to install a dedicated dog-washing room in their next home, with access to the backyard.

  • I pointed out that such a room could double as a bike wash.
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