Exterior home trends come and go, leaving many of us scratching our heads in confusion. Some trends, however, seem to endure, and those are the ones that add lasting value to your home. Here are five must-try exterior home trends to give you plenty of inspiration this year.

Edible Landscaping

You don’t have to be a diehard gardener to appreciate the trend toward edible plants. If you enjoy nice colors, textures, and seasonal interest, then incorporating some edible plants into your yard makes good sense. Ornamental kale is a gorgeous, frilly plant that adds bright color to the landscape in winter when flowers are scarce. Rosemary is a hardy evergreen that adds rich color in winter, flowers a few times a year, and is always good for some seasoning. It’s also an herb that will help keep pests out of your garden. Artichokes and bananas are two of the most striking edible plants around, and both can be cut back in winter to make a full comeback in spring. This is one trend that pays off in the short run.

Outdoor Kitchens

The outdoor kitchen comes in many different variations: from full-scale with granite countertops, a range, oven and designer furniture to a makeshift garden sink and grill. To add lasting value to your home, you’ll probably want to create a hardscape or deck and a pergola or overhung structure to add lighting and protection from the elements. Creating an outdoor room is a little like adding a new room to your house, and in the warm months, it’s the perfect place to entertain.

Spa Features

With many of us focusing on self-care and wellness these days, it should come as no surprise that more homeowners are creating outdoor features that double as sanctuaries. Saunas, fountains, and zen gardens are great features if you feel the need to get away from it all…without leaving your backyard.

Shed, Version 2.0

All sheds are not created equal, and today’s shed is more than a storage space for garden tools and flower pots. Backyard sheds are getting the royal treatment, complete with picture windows, and exterior trim that gives them the appearance of a tiny house. Move over man-cave, now we have the she-shed. These smaller buildings are perfect for office space and exercise rooms.

Wildlife Habitats

Sustainability is one trend that just won’t go away, and many landscape designers are incorporating small bits of native prairie or meadow into residential landscapes. This trend offers many perks. First, the prairie grass is easy to maintain, second, natural grass and landscaping attract pollinators and songbirds to the yard. If you aren’t ready to give up your well-manicured lawn, no worries– a wildlife habitat doesn’t have to take up much space.


Whatever your tastes, these must-try home trends are sure to add value and curb appeal to your home.

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