by Christy Heitger-Ewing

Being Out in Nature is Trending

After the last couple of challenging, stressful, and somewhat lonely years, people are looking to entertain. One of the safest and most enjoyable ways to do that is by creating an outdoor oasis, complete with firepits, covered porches with heating, and swimming pools.

“Both covered porches and swimming pools became a trend prior to the pandemic but have really soared in recent years,” says Joe Garcia, owner of G&G Custom Homes, who has never put in as many pools in new construction homes as he has this past year. “I’d say 40% of our homes have pools now. As for covered porches, it’s the number one thing homeowners ask to incorporate, complete with nice amenities like a fireplace, built-in-grill, refrigerator, and countertops.”

Homeowners are drawn to either fiberglass or gunite (concrete) pools. While gunite enables you to create a pool in any shape and size you want, the downside is that it’s difficult to make a pool cover, which, in the Midwest is rather important.

“In Indiana, temperatures range from below zero to 90 degrees so it’s probably not the best fit in the long run,” says Garcia, who usually steers his clients towards fiberglass pools that come in one piece like a bathtub. Thanks to pool heaters, homeowners can take dips in their backyards for half the year – from early April to late October.

“Nobody wants to be cooped up inside for long stretches,” says Garcia. That’s why he predicts that both covered porches and swimming pools will continue to trend into 2022. Nothing beats the great outdoors!

If you are looking to build a custom home that incorporates the best that outdoor living and entertaining has to offer, get started with a conversation by connecting with G&G Custom Homes.