Click to enlargeCasual Designers, 2014

Originally printed in the August 2014 print issue of Casual Living

Patios top the list of outdoor spaces being designed professionally in 2013, with 92% of casual designers reporting having designed a patio. That's according to Casual Living's exclusive 2014 Designer Survey.

Seating for entertaining was named as the top design element clients want to re-design first in their outdoor living space.

Casual Living's exclusive 2014 Designers Survey is based on responses of indoor and outdoor designers across the United States. Casual Living and the Interior Design Society queried designers during the months of May and June.

Designers in the West accounted for 37% of total respondents, with the Northeast coming in second at 31%. Twenty-one percent of responding designers were in the South; and 11% in the Midwest.

Thirty-six percent of responding designers describe their business model as freelance/independent; and another 36% are landscape designers. Thirteen percent of respondents are associated with a construction firm; 8% are with an interior design firm; 5% with a furniture store; 1% with a casual furniture specialist; and 1% with an architecture/engineering firm.

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