One of the easiest ways to add value to your home is by renovating or upgrading your outdoor living space.
In fact, according to Remodeling magazine’s most recent Cost vs. Value report, the projects with the highest expected return on investment are manufactured stone veneer, steel entry door replacement, wooden deck addition and minor kitchen remodel. Other projects with potential payoffs, according to the report, are siding replacement and universal design bathroom.
When designing your outdoor space remember that outdoor living isn’t just about being outside, it’s about bringing the inside out. Creating a seamless transition from the indoors to your patio, deck, or backyard space is the equivalent of adding an extra room to your home. A patio cover of any kind can extend the time of use of your outdoor area by providing much-needed shade to your dining or seating area. A cantilever umbrella is a beautiful way to accomplish this without having to build onto your home. The mobility of this type of umbrella allows you to adjust its angle and direction throughout your time outside.
Backyard sanctuaries are another easy and beautiful way to add value. A landscaped patio area furnished with a customizable, deep-seating sectional lounge group like the OW Lee Creighton allows you the versatility to add an HDTV or fire pit for a complete outdoor room. A small water feature is also a popular addition and can be a simple as a fountain you install yourself or a professionally done waterfall pond. The soothing sounds of running water help block out unwanted noise and cocoon you in your private oasis.
An outdoor kitchen is a great way to improve your property. These can be as small or as large as you like, and the price will depend on the size of the project as well as the features you require. Having an al fresco dining area nearby ensures everyone gets to participate in the outdoor fun and no one is stuck inside cooking. For a larger kitchen, the eight-seat Jensen Leisure Integra Dining group features durable teak and classic styling that will complement any décor. For smaller kitchens with a bistro feel, the Gloster William Chair Dining group provides a modern flare with the timeless appeal of curved wood seating.
Low-maintenance landscaping such as drought-tolerant plants and low-care perennials as well as foot-friendly ground covers instead of grass, add immediate curb appeal without the worry of constant upkeep.
Lighting is key for any exterior space. Consider using lamps and end tables with your lounge group to add to the feel of an interior room. You’ll want to keep spotlights away from seating or dining areas and instead, use them at a distance to highlight trees and add depth to your space. There are lots of unique lighting options available at Outside in Style that act as a conversation piece as well as a source of light.