7. GIMME SHELTER
Credit: Maxwell MacKenzie
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.