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For the past several years, outdoor living upgrades have been getting more attention as homeowners seek to expand their living space beyond the walls of the home. Average new-home size has shrunk in the past few years, but the expansion of outdoor living space has more than filled the gap left by the shrinking home.

This shift of focus to outdoor living mostly reflects a lifestyle change, and with it a change in preferences in materials purchases—both the amount of materials and the types. Now, with social distancing norms keeping many people away from public spaces and large crowds, consumers are again focusing on how to improve their at-home living experience and expand the space in which they do it.

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