Rise Of The Patio: Patios Were A Leading Feature In 2014 Housing Starts

March 3, 2016

Patios are becoming very popular in new homes as buyers are increasingly looking for homes where a very fine line exists between indoor and outdoor living. Many patios are no longer just slabs on drab concrete with a few wicker chairs placed on them; they have become a combination of an outdoor family room, living room, and dining room.

In 2014, 56 percent of all new homes started had a patio, according to the Census Bureau. A regional breakdown shows the West South Central, Mountain, and Pacific regions to have the highest number of patios included in new home starts at 79 percent, 66 percent, and 65 percent respectively. New England and the Middle Atlantic regions had the fewest home starts in 2014 with patios at 25 percent and 24 percent. In these areas, decks were much more common.

Unsurprisingly, regions with all or most of their states located in northern climates saw smaller percentages of new homes being built with patios.

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