• Credit: Maxwell MacKenzie

7. GIMME SHELTER
While we’re seeing more examples of the outside being let in, we’re also noticing that the inside is being let out. What used to be called a California room is now popular throughout the country. Outdoor spaces are getting more deluxe, with better cooking equipment, nicer furnishings, and fire pits (more on those in a moment). Many of the outdoor spaces we saw this year are built under a lean-to, providing shelter from the elements. A thoughtfully conceived outdoor living space, it seems, can make the difference between selling a home and not.