You fought the lawn, and the lawn won. For eight years in a row. But this summer, things are going to be different. Because if you’re anything like many of the people searching Thumbtack, a service that connects people with pros to tackle just about anything on their to-do list, you’re tearing out that withered sod and replacing it with artificial turf. The company has seen searches for the service climb 275 percent over the past 12 months, along with several other outdoor upgrades, all pointing to a larger pattern in our collective behavior.
“There’s a new trend we’re seeing of homeowners redefining their backyard space,” explains David Steckel, Thumbtack home expert. As we’ve gotten used to spending plenty of time at home—and start to look forward to inviting people over again—we’re focusing on “[squeezing] every last square foot out of our homes.”
If last year was about plunking down a fire pit or blowing up a bounce house to liven up our spaces, this year, we’re all a little more confident, and clearly, we’re ready to take things to the next level. So, in case you’re looking for inspo for your next project (or are simply curious what everyone else is up to right now), these are the top backyard upgrades to consider.