Backyard renovations have been high on the home improvement to-do list of many homeowners this summer due to all the extra time most of us have been spending at home. Investing time and money to develop your backyard into your own private sanctuary will for sure raise the value of your home. In face, improving the exterior of you home has been proven to be one of the best projects to reap a good return on your investment. Creating your own personal oasis in which to relax can also improve your mental health and the overall enjoyment of your home. We can reap the benefits of backyard renovations for many years to come.
If you have the money, you can hire a designer to revamp your entire landscape. However, if you are not prepared to make a large investment, there are smaller, lower-cost projects you can consider. You could put down fresh mulch and replace dead or overgrown plants. Add some native plants to your landscape that provide a pop of color. Choosing native plants is not not only better for the environment but is also better for your wallet. Once established, these plants will generally require little maintenance. You could also use salvaged pallet wood, concrete slabs or stones to create walking paths that are not only functional but also beautiful.
Increase Usable Outdoor Space
Basically, anything that increases the usable space in your home will increase the value, whether indoor or outdoor. If you have the space, install a pergola or gazebo and create an outdoor dining area. Install a new porch or patio. Give your existing space a facelift with some new lighting, covering or outdoor furniture. If you have children, install a playset or over-sized sandbox and create a fun play area. Consider creating a garden to grow your own vegetables. Since you are likely spending less time eating out, you could also add a grill or smoker to your back porch or even an outdoor pizza oven. Another fun option would be to build a firepit with seating.
A pool is not only a large initial investment, but also requires maintenance. You need to take into account your market to determine if a pool would add value to your home. If you decide a pool is the way to go for you, there are three main types to choose from – concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass. Vinyl lined pools require the least money to install and come with an array of design options. However, the vinyl liners will need to be replaced every ten years or so and could also be punctured or damaged. Concrete, or gunite, pools allow for nearly any shape or size you desire along with durability. One thing to consider is sometimes these pools can take weeks to install. Lastly, fiberglass pools are perhaps the longest-lasting of the three and are relatively easy to install. But, because the pool shells are prefabricated, there are fewer options for customization.