An outdoor living space is not only a great feature to enjoy while you live in your home, it will also attract buyers when you’re ready to sell. A National Association of Realtors survey shows more than half of surveyed buyers would pay a premium for a home with an outdoor living space. Everyone loves outdoor living spaces!
These outdoor living spaces go beyond the traditional patio or deck and function more like indoor rooms with more comfortable and durable furnishings, fire pits, curtains, even televisions and audio systems. Screened porches are also increasingly popular since they can be used nearly year-round. Outdoor kitchens are also big hits, with amenities ranging from a simple grill to a cook’s station with sink, refrigerator, countertops and storage space and seating.
Creating or upgrading your outdoor living space can be a pricey project, and it may not add real value to your home if it’s not done correctly. Here are a few points to keep in mind as you plan your space:
Fit your neighborhood. As with any home renovation, you have to keep your neighborhood in mind. If yours is the only home with high-end features like a pizza oven, outdoor fireplace or professional landscaping, you probably won’t get much return for your investment. Stick with functional items you’ll actually use.
Too much patio or not enough? Don’t make your new space so large that it takes over your yard. On the other hand, a large yard with a tiny patio won’t feel right either. Keep your plans proportional.
No matter how nice you make your outdoor space, you’ll never use it if you feel like your neighbors are watching your every move. Your renovation should include a budget for privacy plantings and fences.
Naturally landscaped koi ponds can give your family hours of relaxed enjoyment. Nothing says tranquility in your outdoor space better than faint sounds of running water. Beautiful landscaping, stunning waterfalls, accent lighting and crystal clear water all contribute to the ambiance of the pond. Complete the effect with custom made pergola's and authentic Japanese gardens.
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