Well-planned Outdoor Areas Return Investment to Homeowners
Beautiful patio furniture aside, patios and decks have become a favorite of contractors. Outdoor living spaces are some of the most popular projects requested by homeowners and adding one is about the best investment that people can make in their properties. To reap the best return, planning ahead counts.
In suburban areas, where homes often have the advantage of a large yard or garden, a deck or patio can serve as an anchor surrounded by lawn. An outdoor room breaks up the landscaping with a mix of patio chairs and outdoor chaise lounges for both family activities and social gatherings.
When planning such projects, it's best to be practical as well as style-conscious. The best place to locate an outdoor living area is right outside the kitchen with proximity to food and utensils. With patio dining sets close by, an al fresco meal is just steps away.
For city-size balcony decks, home decorators can outfit their outdoor space with double-duty patio furniture, including ottomans that can be used for seating or as a surface for snacks and beverages. Showcasing even the smallest outside area adds to the value of a condominium or townhouse.
Larger Decks Favored
For full-size projects, Remodeling Magazine reports that as much as 70 percent of the expense may be recouped when people sell their homes. That may be one of the reasons that traditional 20-by-10-foot decks are giving way to larger digs.
With many comforts of indoor living available for outdoor spaces, homeowners can design the patios and decks of their dreams. Patio dining sets and other furnishings increasingly reflect the look of interior furniture.
The result is a trend toward multilevel decks that can accommodate outdoor kitchens, sun decks and spas, reports TheHouseDesigners.com. In addition, pergolas and walls lend privacy and built-ins add extra seating, storage and planters.
Residents of cold-weather regions are taking a cue from people who live in warm-weather states such as Florida and California by extending outdoor living time past spring and summer as much as possible. Outdoor heating from fireplaces and chimineas can create a toasty atmosphere when chilly weather sets in. Enclosures such as privacy walls also combat wind and other elements.
Installing low-voltage lighting into steps, deck posts and exterior walls also add to the hours that homeowners are able to spend outdoors. They create a soft glow after dark that adds to the ambiance of outdoor living.
- Posted on September 30, 2016