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The Anlaufs went to Costco only to try to find toilet paper and other pandemic supplies last March.

They ended up finding something else, too.

“The shed,” Jaime Anlauf says, “was an impulse purchase.”

That Costco impulse is now a tiki bar in the family’s Woodbury back yard.

“Our summer trip got canceled,” Anlauf says. “So we decided, ‘We’ll have the vacation in our yard.’”

The Anlaufs are trending — many of us are making our yards the destination during this safer-at-home summer.

The Outdoor Trend Report for 2020 by Wayfair Professional — the online home store’s program for business customers — gives clues into what we are buying … or at least what we might be considering buying: The search term “rattan garden furniture” has increased by 401 percent compared with last year, according to the report; also this summer, with more of us staying home to eat and drink, Wayfair says we are searching for “outdoor bars” 155 percent more than we did in 2019. Other trendy search terms: “Outdoor sheds” (a 132 percent increase); “wall planters” (up 62 percent); and “concrete fire pits” (an increase of 173 percent).

“As we entered April, customers began to shift focus to enhancing their outdoor spaces to really maximize function, making it a true extension of the home,” said Rebecca Breslin, design manager for Wayfair Professional, in an email. “Based on the trends we’re seeing, consumers are looking for new ways to entertain outdoors, while also elevating patios, gardens, courtyards and beyond with decorative accents and more.”

“If it’s green, it’s gone”

“We’ve had so many new customers and new gardeners this year,” said Noelle Mortensen from the Southview Garden Center in West St. Paul last weekend.

What are they buying?

“Everything,” she said. “If it’s green, it’s gone.”

One category stands out, though.

“Vegetables and herbs,” Mortensen said. “That’s the first thing garden centers noticed selling out — people are growing their own.”

We continue to like container gardening.

“Pottery is huge,” she said.

The lines are huge, too — at least, they were last Saturday, when Mortensen was talking to us while ringing up people’s orders of mulch, plants and more.

“I’ll have to call you back,” she said. “I have customers lined up.”

Above-ground pools make a splash

Last March, with a stay-at-home order in place, Michael Hernandez turned his attention to the swingset in his family’s St. Paul back yard.

It stood out as the snow melted. Despite the kids learning from home, the play set — with its swing, slide and monkey bars — wasn’t where they wanted to be during “recess.”

“The kids are getting older,” he said. “They were not using it anymore.”

But Adrian, almost 12, and Layna, 10, loved the idea of replacing that swingset with this summer’s splashiest backyard accessory: An above-ground pool.

With most municipal pools closed because of the pandemic, home pools are in demand — many are now sold out.

Fortunately, this family was ahead of the trend.

“We already had one,” Hernandez says of an above-ground pool. “We just didn’t have room for it with the swingset.”

His fiancée, Samantha Ciaccio, solved that problem by sharing photos of the playset on social media. Soon enough, the swingset was disassembled and hauled away for a new generation of little kids. And the Hernandez-Ciaccio family suddenly had a blank slate of a back yard.

The Hernandez family enjoy their renovated back yard at their East Side house in St. Paul on Friday, June 26, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

Layna Hernandez, 10, smiles as she eats with her mom, Sami Ciaccio, and dad, Michael Hernandez, in their renovated back yard at their East Side house in St. Paul on Friday, June 26, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

Carlos Hernandez serves up steak fajitas to his wife, Melania, his daughter-in-law Sami Ciacccio and granddaughter Layna Hernandez, 10, in their renovated back yard at their East Side house in St. Paul on Friday, June 26, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

The Hernandez family enjoy their renovated back yard at their East Side house in St. Paul on Friday, June 26, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

In Woodbury, a screened gazebo with curtains and outdoor furniture, lighting and accessories has made the Anlauf family’s deck more usable — even the dog loves it (photo courtesy of Jaime Anlauf).

The Vernon-Vanderwood family of White Bear Lake has been busy transforming their backyard during this pandemic — including building a fence and creating a gathering space for their daughter’s outdoor graduation party. Next up is restoring this vintage trailer (photo courtesy of Randy Vanderwood).

Randy Vanderwood and Katy Vernon of White Bear Lake turned a discarded tub into a couch for their daughter’s outdoor graduation party (photo courtesy of Randy Vanderwood).

With time at home, the Vernon-Vanderwood family of White Bear Lake has spent this spring and summer tranforming their backyard into a DIY sensation (photo courtesy of Randy Vanderwood).

The DIY backyard

The kids now had a pool — but what about some fun for the grownups? If Hernandez couldn’t go out to the restaurant, he decided to bring the restaurant to his back yard.

Specifically, he wanted to replicate an element of a St. Paul watering spot’s patio.

“I was inspired by the metal pergola at Bad Weather Brewing Company,” he said.

First, he checked out the ready-made options at big-box stores.

“They were really expensive,” he said.

DIY, however, was not. Especially with his dad by his side.

“I thought, ‘We could make something like this,’” he said of a pergola. “I started making some sketches and watching YouTube videos.”

A few months later, the family’s backyard is a DIY sensation. They didn’t stop with a pool and a pergola: There’s also a patio and a homemade bar; comfy furniture, a firepit, string lighting and more.

“My fiancée will tell you she’s in love with it,” Hernandez says.

There are now plenty of spots for the extended family — the family shares their home with his parents — as well as a small circle of socially distanced friends.

It’s been therapeutic during these strange times.

“You can’t see friends, you can’t go out — but if the weather’s nice, you can take a dip in the pool, eat dinner or just talk outside,” he says. “It’s better than going to a restaurant.”

It’s also cheaper than a whole summer of restaurant meals or trips to the city pool.

“Doing it myself,” he says, “I spent about $800 or $1,000.” That was the cost for the entire backyard renovation. To compare, one pre-made pergola can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Tackling the to-do list

Not much went right for the Class of 2020, but Lily Vanderwood’s backyard graduation party on Sunday was perfect.

But — like everything else this year — it wasn’t the original plan.

“One we knew there was no grad ceremony,” says her mom, Katy Vernon, “we tried to think of a safe way to celebrate.”

The White Bear Lake back yard wouldn’t have been ready for a socially distanced party in 2019 — but, during a furlough, Lily’s dad has had time to build a fence. That inspired Lily’s mom to start working on the garden.

“Then, everywhere we looked, we realized forgotten or neglected projects that needed to be done,” Vernon says.

The “honey-do list” got pretty intense.

“He had to rent a tree-trimming ladder,” Vernon said of her husband.

Lily, 18, and her sister, Daisy, 16, got involved, too, with some painting projects: “So it was truly a family effort over the last three months,” Vernon says.

One project stood out.

“The highlight is the bathtub couch,” says Vernon. “We found that in the neighborhood. It was pink and filthy with a broken bottom … we dragged it to our house and had it dumped in the yard for the past year or soThe kids hated it! My husband saw the couch idea on Pinterest. He cut it and I cleaned and painted it.”

The pink tub is now a turquoise couch that matches the vintage trailer that is currently situated in the back yard — a “she shed” that will be the family’s next reno project.

Their “new” yard helps the family focus on the positive.

“It’s a silver lining,” Vernon says, “to a really difficult time.”

They actually use their deck now

It was also in the spring that Jaime Anlauf began to take a closer look at her Woodbury backyard — and it needed more than a shed from Costco.

“When we built this house eight years ago,” she says, “I always thought the deck could be more of a summer living room or family room.”

It was just one of those projects that never seemed to happened, though. Anlauf and her husband, Michael, were busy with work as well as with their kids, Addie, 11, and Stella, 7. Olive, their dog, kept life busy as well.

The deck was not a place where anyone in the family wanted to linger.

“We had a glass table on the deck that we never sat at,” Anlauf says.

Then, like the rest of the world, they were mostly homebound — and an additional spot for the family to hang out in or work from suddenly became a priority.

“I thought, ‘This is the year,’” Anlauf says.

Like many of us, she shopped online during the pandemic, although she drove to Wisconsin — twice — to secure a trampoline for the kids.

The bar was for dad, the trampoline was for the kids and the “Bonfire” Solo Stove — a popular fire pit that is now on backorder — is for the whole family. So is the deck, which Anlauf transformed with the help of another outdoor structure.

“I researched gazebos for three weeks, staying up late and reading reviews,” she said, “before I finally bought one at Home Depot that had mosquito screens, plus privacy curtains for if it rains or if we want to watch a movie out there.”

Positioned on the deck, it’s a shady spot filled with outdoor furniture like an egg chair from Target.

And yes, it’s used now — especially by Mom.

“The deck has been our favorite part,” Anlauf says. “It’s a nice place for me (and the dog) to sit and work while we keep an eye on the kids.”

fyi: Here are this summer’s outdoor living trends according to Rebecca Breslin, design manager for Wayfair Professional:Outdoor dining sets, especially wood-grained options, accessorized with outdoor area rugs, oversized lanterns and decorative planters.Hammocks, porch swings, chaise longues and outdoor sofas with deep seating and plush outdoor pillows.Both wood-burning and gas fire pits are seeing large gains, especially concrete fire pits (or a wood-burning version).In June, customers also showed increased interest in canopies and gazebos to provide shade.Wayfair also reports an increase in demand for recreation items such as trampolines, swing sets, bounce houses, seesaws and lawn games.DIY-inspired products — “paint your own mailbox,” terracotta planters and raised garden beds are particularly popular sellers.

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