In terms of materials, natural stone is always up to date.
In addition, this year porcelain stoneware is in vogue - the ceramic tiles are no longer installed indoors, but also on the terrace; they are considered to be easy to care for. In addition, rough materials are used: Screening elements made of concrete or Corten are often installed, but stainless steel has also found its way out, for example as a bedding border.
Featured are architectural green areas with clear structure and large-scale plantings and coverings. "Modern gardens with clean lines but abundant planting are particularly popular with our customers," confirms Katja Saare-Surminski of Garten Design - Design Garten from Wentorf near Hamburg.
Despite all naturalness, the design follows a clear composition, with a focus on the varied combination of structures and growth forms. A controlled Laissez-faire so to speak.
"Whether fountain walls, innovative streams or water features, many want something refreshing in their garden," says Katja Saare-Surminski. Likewise, natural pools and swimming ponds are very popular. Without any chlorine and additives, it's all natural - and the shapes of the pools are similar to those of natural ponds or lakes.
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As everywhere, digitalisation is indispensable in the garden too. Although it is a gradual process that will take many years to complete, automatic mowers, irrigation systems, and remote-controlled light installations are no longer uncommon. Even sensors that measure soil values are becoming increasingly popular. Experts use geoinformation systems to analyze areas of air; Drone overflights, for example, help to assess, evaluate and plan objects.
For many years, many manufacturers have offered furniture that can be used both indoors and outdoors. After all, we want it to be as cozy indoors as it is with sofas with a waterproof cover or outdoor rugs: "Modern home gardens have whole kitchens, living rooms and of course spa facilities that invite you to yoga," says Osman Ahmad of Grasgrau Gartendesign from Berlin.
The flowing transition between outside and inside is often achieved by a continuous covering, such as with the already mentioned porcelain stoneware slabs, which are installed in the living room as well as the terrace.
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Many hobby gardeners get professional support when creating and redesigning their green spaces. For example, in the first quarter of 2016, inquiries for garden projects among all the experts surveyed by us increased compared to 2015. The size and complexity of the projects remained the same, but some experts are seeing budget increases, especially in the high-priced sector. So the smallest projects start at 1,000 euros, but some gardens cost even 50,000 to 200,000 euros.
This garden trend tree shows an overview of what our users are looking for on Houzz if they want to get the very first overview. Above all, there is a search for help with the balcony design, and terraces, garden sheds and winter gardens are also popular topics. Looked more specifically, raised beds, pergolas, fence and privacy ideas are particularly high in the search course.
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