Two recent Houzz reports show median costs for landscape upgrades last year and which projects were most popular.
This article includes information pulled from both national studies.
How Much Outdoor Projects Cost
The median spend amount, meaning the midpoint spending level, on outdoor renovations was $5,000 in 2018, according to the 2019 U.S. Landscaping Trends Survey. Half of homeowners spent more on their outdoor project, and half spent less. Economists consider the median a more useful measure than the average or mean because expensive one-off projects can skew average numbers upward in a misleading manner.
But renovating homeowners upgrading their outdoor spaces tackled various outdoor projects with a wide range of price tags. Prices ranged from $400 for the median spend on outdoor lighting to $14,250 to add an outdoor pool. These prices include design fees and costs for permits, materials and labor.
Outdoor structures came with a higher price tag. The median spend amount for decks, patios and terraces was about $2,500 each. New fencing cost slightly less, with the median cost coming in at $2,000. Keep in mind that these projects can require permits and more extensive site prep and design work, so that contributes to the cost.
Renovating homeowners upgrading an outdoor space on average tackled two outdoor projects during the renovation.
Now let’s look at other outdoor renovation trends found in the two studies.
Homeowners renovating their outdoor areas focused on backyards the most (77 percent), but more than half of renovating homeowners upgrading their outdoor spaces upgraded front yards, and nearly 40 percent updated side yards, according to the 2019 Landscaping Trends Survey.
Most Renovating Homeowners Hired a Professional
Nearly 9 out of 10 renovating homeowners who undertook an outdoor project in 2018 hired at least one professional, according to the 2019 U.S. Landscaping Trends survey. Almost a third of homeowners worked with a gardener or lawn-care specialist, the most commonly hired professionals.
Landscape contractors, who do everything from manage an outdoor project to construct and execute the plan of a landscape designer or architect, were the next most popular professionals hired. Seventeen percent of renovating homeowners hired a landscape contractor.
Renovating homeowners upgrading their outdoor spaces overwhelmingly prioritized the beauty of those spaces during upgrades, according to the 2019 U.S. Landscaping Trends Survey. More than a third reported that they wanted to address an outdated or undesirable design or style, and one quarter of homeowners said they wanted to update old or outdated finishes.
About 1 in 6 renovating homeowners upgrading their outdoor spaces (16 percent) undertook outdoor projects to address damage from storms, flooding, erosion and more.