7 Backyard Improvements That Will Add Value To Your Home
Is your backyard currently boring? Do you struggle to spend time outdoors because you haven’t created an awesome space to relax or entertain guests? It’s time to make some improvements before the weather gets warm.
But what improvements are actually worthwhile? How many of them add value to your home? Let’s talk about it!
Read on to learn all about our top 7 backyard improvements.
1. Build a Fantastic Patio
A patio will automatically improve your backyard both for yourself and any potential buyers in the future. A patio allows you to enjoy your backyard space in more ways than ever. It’s like adding an extra room.
Patios come in all shapes and sizes. It can be a basic concrete patio or a raised deck and it will still add value as long as you play your cards right. You want it to look neat, comfortable, and spacious. It needs to add to your backyard, not take attention away from it.
Furnish your patio with a similar style of furniture as you’d use indoors. Think of your patio as an extension of your home. You can make it stylish and comfortable and create an awesome space to spend time, relax, and entertain guests outdoors.
2. Add Some Serious Sun Protection
Once you have a patio, you want to give yourself a roof (at least over part of it). You want to be able to spend time in the sun, but you also want to be able to enjoy your outdoor space when it’s too sunny or when it rains. Without anything overhead, you’ll be stuck inside when the weather isn’t ideal.
So what should you use? You could look at various awnings for your back porch or patio. They blend in well with the rest of a home, they’re not difficult to install, and they provide a good amount of coverage. They’re also a semi-affordable long-term solution.
You could also build a gazebo. Gazebos are usually more expensive and labor-intensive, and they’re only good for people with incredibly large backyards. That said, they look incredible when they’re done well!
3. Consider a Backyard Bar
If you love entertaining in your backyard, why not add a nifty backyard bar? People who live in warm climates will love this backyard upgrade.
Bars come in all shapes and sizes, so even if you only have a small backyard, you can make this little upgrade work. Even a tiny bar that’s only big enough for one or two seats is more than enough for entertaining guests and adding value.
It’s a good idea to place your backyard bar underneath your awning or gazebo roof. This way, you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged by rain or snow. It also just creates a comfier environment!
4. Buy a Luxurious Backyard Pool
This is a big upgrade, but it also adds a ton of value to your home under the right conditions. It’s also a lot of fun, so even if you don’t plan on selling your home anytime soon, you’ll be gaining a lot of personal value from it.
Pools are expensive and they take a long time to install, so make sure to plan ahead. You need to give contractors several months to create your perfect pool. Don’t call them two weeks before the beginning of summer and expect a backyard oasis by the time the weather gets hot.
You can combine your pool with your backyard bar if you plan it well enough. This way, you can swim right up to the bar for a fancy cocktail.
Bonus: consider adding an in-ground hot tub as well. This way, it provides value during the cooler months, not just the hot summer months.
5. Upgrade Your Back Garden
Is your garden boring? It’s time to put your green thumb to good use and bring it to life. A nice garden can add value to a home for the aesthetic appeal alone, but many people who love to garden will happily pay more for one that’s already established because it shows that the yard is good for plants.
Layer your garden with various sizes, shapes, and textures of plants. Combine short shrubs, colorful flowers, and tall bushes to create a visually interesting landscape.
You may want to consider an edible garden as well. Find fruits and vegetables that grow well in your area and try your hand at growing your own food.
6. Add a Relaxing Water Feature
Water features make any backyard, no matter how plain or small, look more elegant. What type of water feature would make your yard pop?
If you have a lot of space, you can consider a large outdoor fountain. The relaxing sounds from the fountain create a peaceful outdoor environment and the fountain is good for local birds who may need a quick drink.
If you live somewhere warm and spacious, you could consider a koi pond. Keep in mind that koi ponds require a lot of work, so while they’re beautiful, they’re also big commitments! For a smaller water feature, consider a small fountain or a nice birdbath.
7. Make a Cozy Outdoor Kitchen
What’s better than eating a meal under the stars? Make your patio pop with a cozy outdoor kitchen that’s perfect for entertaining.
An outdoor kitchen can look just like an indoor kitchen. It can have an oven, a stove, and plenty of counter space to prep your favorite meals. Alternatively, you can also take advantage of the fact that it’s outdoors and use more outdoor-specific cooking tools instead.
Instead of a standard stove and oven, you may choose to have a nice grill and a pizza oven that’s too hot to use indoors.
Which Of These Backyard Improvements Will You Try?
These backyard improvements can take your yard from drab to fab in no time while adding serious value to your home. Which one of them will you try this year? Get creative and make your outdoor space perfect for you and your friends.
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