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Backyard Remodeling Ideas

Outdoor spaces can increase our enjoyment of our homes. When the weather is nice, it’s like having an extra room or wing of the house. Make the most of yours, no matter its size. A backyard is an extension of what’s going on inside your home. Usually, it is more colorful, casual, fun, and the possibilities are endless. Your outdoor space can be just as inviting, comfortable, and stylish as your interiors, but it also offers fresh air and nature. So it’s the best of both worlds.

Patio Deck

Whatever it’s dimensions – expansive or small, narrow or wide – a deck is the ideal place to kick back and relax outdoors. But if you don’t make the most of your deck, it can end up being just a bland stretch of wood – wasted space – rather than the attractive destination that it could be. Make use of every inch of your deck with these space-smart ideas for building, decorating, or maximizing its square footage so you can reap the benefits of sunshine and fresh air all season long.

Deck design is a very personal task. Your home’s style should be a major factor or it will feel out of place. Installing a patio deck can cost anywhere from $2k to $10k depending on the features you choose to include. A new patio deck will encourage you to enjoy your outdoor space while making your house more attractive and marketable to prospective buyers.

Outdoor Seating Area

Make sure that you don’t make the mistake to forget to include a place to sit. Whether it’s for a family gathering or hosting a birthday party, having adequate seating in the backyard is vital when creating an outdoor space that is comfortable and functional. A nice outdoor set will improve presentation when staging a home for the market. Wicker furniture, cast aluminum, and teak are all great material options when it comes to patio furniture. Toss in a glowing fire pit to spice things up!

Pergola or Extended Roof Overhang

When it comes to creating a beautiful backyard garden, a Pergola or Gazebo is the perfect design element.

If you’ve been thinking about adding a gazebo, pergola or pavilion to your backyard space to add home value, you might be wondering if it’s worth the money you’ll spend. The truth is, just like many home improvements, an outdoor structure can be an investment that improves your quality of life now and increases the resale value of your home down the road.

While outdoor structures don’t technically count toward the total square footage of your home, they do provide much of the privacy and functionality of an indoor room. Plus, just about any outdoor structure can be outfitted with furniture, lighting, and entertainment extras, essentially giving your home an additional outdoor room.

Invest in an In-Ground Swimming Pool

This in-ground swimming pool surrounded by a sun-dappled garden and canopy of trees is a backyard dream. Hang some string lights in the seating area for extra style points. But is it a good investment?

From a purely financial perspective, yes – adding a swimming pool will in most instances add additional value to your home.

After all, a pool is a long-term investment and in many more ways than just financial. It will be part of your yard and home for years to come, and a place where countless life events will be created and celebrated. After all, aren’t those are the most important things to invest in.

Outdoor Kitchen

Ah the outdoor kitchen, the one thing that everybody dreams of. Having a kitchen outside makes entertaining a breeze. This added luxury has quickly become a desired feature for home-buyers. An outdoor kitchen patio creates an alluring ambiance that enhances your open-air experience.

Investing in an outdoor kitchen can be a great idea you’ll be able to use it year-round. Just make sure that you cover it with a pavilion or waterproof awning. Having a sheltered spot for cooking and dining just off the indoor kitchen makes it easy to carry food in and out, even when you’re not grilling.

Build an Outdoor Fire Pit

During the summer months, nothing beats roasting marshmallows and sharing stories around a roaring fire. Homeowners who install an outdoor fire pit will not only create delightful memories but will also realize a 67 percent return on investment.

Lucky for you, fire pit design has evolved in extraordinary directions and you can get as simple or as fancy as your time and budget allow. Keep in mind that fire pits don’t take up a lot of space, and combined with their functionality, can be featured almost anywhere in unlimited shapes and sizes.

Think of sound systems like a bonus

Nothing helps turn your backyard into a party, like music. Being wired for sound isn’t essential.

The biggest mistake you can make when setting up an outdoor sound system is going with speakers meant for indoor use. Even if you bring them in after every use, wear and tear will slowly diminish your speaker’s quality. Instead, you should opt for speakers specifically designed to brave the elements.

Outdoor speakers aren’t just designed to brave the elements; typically, they’re also louder than their indoor counterparts. That’s because they have to cover a much larger space and deal with more ambient noise. Since they have a lot of ground to cover, these speakers are also designed for wide dispersal so you can get a more balanced sound throughout your backyard, patio, or pool. 

As you consider which backyard features add value, don’t overlook the appeal of highlighting the yard itself, especially as it’s seen from within your home. Creating a relatively seamless transition with lots of natural light through stylish sliding doors or French doors beckons people to come out and stay for a while.

It’s easy to access in and out, and it’s just inviting, If you’ve made your backyard a little bit of a focal point and it’s nicely maintained, people love that..

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