Smart lighting for safer homes

Inside and out, smart lighting systems put homeowners’ minds at ease
Inside and out, smart lighting systems put homeowners' minds at ease. (Photo: In4mal,

Top 5 landscape trends homeowners love

The National Association of Landscape Professionals polled members to find out which landscape trends would dominate this year.

“Foundational landscape elements remain on homeowners’ wish lists, but modern updates and technology are now a top priority,” Britt Wood, CEO, National Association of Landscape Professionals, said in a statement. “With a wave of design and technical innovations, our members report that ornate hardscaping, contemporary features, lush gardens and smart irrigation are all trending and will influence landscape designs across the country in 2020.”

  1. Geometric designs. NALP members noted a rise in requests for designs with geometric patterns like chevrons and basket weave.
  2. Contemporary and transitional styles. Across all generations, homeowners want simple, elegant designs with a modern edge, NALP found.
  3. Blue. Landscape professionals anticipate more blue in their designs, and are incorporating the color in plants, sculptures and water features.
  4. Emphasis on personal style. Homeowners are increasingly aware of the myriad options they have for growing a garden, according to NALP, whether it’s an herb planter garden or a living wall. Spaces that leave room for them to show off their own taste may be highly valued by homebuyers.
  5. Smart irrigation. You can’t escape technology by going outside. Even in the backyard, homeowners want the ease that comes with smart home tech. Modern irrigation systems offer many of the same features of indoor smart home systems.

Danielle Andrus

Danielle Andrus is the managing editor of Colorado Builder. She can be reached at [email protected].

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2 thoughts on “Smart lighting for safer homes

  • July 22, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Great information. Lighting has tremendous value in safety. However, the photo shows some dangers. Steps with no railing and the deck drops off. The door does appear to have no threshold, a big plus, but an exterior handle would allow for easier use of the door.

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