• Gareth Jones

Indoor & Outdoor living 2021

Updated: Jan 3, 2021

Who is looking forward to some time off for Christmas and the New year? Me for one. As i’m sure many of us are. This year has been one to forget as soon as possible.

The construction industry, has been swung from pillar to post. From lockdown and wondering if any part of any supply chain would cope, to the problem where we have had too much business to cope with and the supply chain creaking quite seriously in some places.

But, within the stress and headaches of 2020 we must look for silver linings and the areas that could boom into 2021 due to the circumstances we are all going through.

One area that stands out to me quite obviously is the indoor/outdoor living arena.

Loving your garden

During lockdown, we all spent a lot of time in our homes. During this we spent a lot of time in our gardens and green spaces. Way more than we usually would because of being unable to live our normal lives. But we adapted and we learned to love our gardens (if we didn’t do so already) we took advantage of what was a pretty good summer weather.

For example, we had more barbeques at our homes than the last three years combined, maybe more. we got into gardening and put up swings and slides for the kids. The doors to the garden were constantly open thanks to the good weather. Able to jump in and out having a quick beer and getting some work done. Enjoying some time with our partners with a glass of wine in the warm evenings. It felt very continental. Like being on holiday for ten weeks. I loved it. Of course, we were very lucky with the good summer. If it had turned out to be a typical British summer, then perhaps we wouldn’t have been so impressed.

The point here is that this wasn’t isolated, and this was the same for millions of others up and down the country. In and out of the garden every day, making the most of the good weather, working from home in relative comfort. Many of us will look at our gardens and back yards in a different way after this year and think about investing in them to make them even better spaces to use in the future. I am doing that myself, with my garden being landscaped early in the new year and the garden office being used more and more decorating ready for the spring and summer of next year.

From a homeowner's point of view, bi-folding doors and sliding patio doors that I have talked about in previous posts, after this year of being at home and treated to a better-than-average summer I think these are only going to be more sort after than ever before.

Bi-folds and sliding doors give homeowners that seamless passage between inside and out, connecting homes to gardens. There will have been many this year perhaps looking at their old French doors or single doors and wishing they were bigger and wider, allowing greater access to the spaces they have been using much more during 2020.

It appears that this is the case. Google Trends search using “bifold doors” or “Patio Doors” going back to January 1st 2019 up to today has drastically increased.

You can see clear movement upwards after March which was when the lockdown started, and the level of interest has remained higher than 2019 levels. This peak in interest has been borne out of a situation we have been forced to live with. But as with most things, where there are problems there are also solutions.

Personally, I can see a high demand for these sorts of products for the most part of 2021. We are going to be living with restrictions for a large portion of 2021 and perhaps rolling lockdowns as and when cases become extreme, as they have during this second wave. So, that will mean more time spent in our homes and gardens once again, and hopefully with another good summer. 2021 could be a really good year for indoor/outdoor living.

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