If you’re fortunate enough to have a home with a patio, you’ve probably been using it more than ever. Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many of us to spend more time at home, outdoor living areas have afforded homeowners and renters a measure of freedom. Patios have become a place where we can relax, exercise, meet with friends, or start a new hobby like gardening.
In fact, patios have been rising in popularity for a while. Since 2012, the share of new homes being built with patios has been steadily increasing, according to the National Association of Home Builders. And existing homes without patios added them in record numbers during the pandemic, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In January 2021, there were 1.8 million permits issued for outdoor living spaces, a 22.5% increase year over year.