Image

1:35 AM / Saturday April 13, 2024

6 Aug 2015

Five outdoor projects that will add value to your home

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
August 6, 2015 Category: Color Of Money Posted by:

BPT

Everyone wants a great outdoor space, but backyard projects can be a lot of work – and in many cases, a lot of money. So it just makes sense to choose projects that will enhance your quality of living for summers to come as well as yield a great return on investment. Here are five value-building outdoor projects that pay off in more ways than one:

1. Add a wood deck

Decks are great additions for multiple reasons. They expand your living space outside, creating a useful link between interior and exterior spaces. Wood decks also offer one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project. In fact, a wood deck will recoup more than 80 percent of its construction cost when you sell your home, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report. Composite decking, in comparison, comes up short in terms of return on investment.

A deck constructed of Western Red Cedar benefits from the lumber’s natural rot resistance, low maintenance requirements (you can stain it or let it weather naturally) and its inherent beauty. What’s more, Real Cedar lumber comes from certified sustainable forests, so you can feel good about your deck’s environmental impact. Visit www.realcedar.com to learn more.

2. Update your landscape lighting

Lighting outdoor areas once required lots of wiring and professional installation, but advances in solar lighting efficiency and brilliance have made landscape lighting easy. From uplights that illuminate trees and architectural features, to light strands that provide visual delineation of stairs and railings, a variety of solar lighting options are available. Installation is often as simple as putting a stake in the ground. Plus, it’s cost-effective. True, you may need to make an initial investment in quality solar lights, but you’ll save in the long run on electricity. Also, doesn’t the idea of a warmly lit backyard space just seem more inviting?

3. Define your seating area

Creating an outdoor room that feels like an extension of your home is a win-win. It increases the square footage of your living space, which in turn, increases the value of your property. Of course, choosing the right material is paramount in terms of maximizing your investment. Whether you’re designing a fully loaded, outdoor kitchen/dining area or simply installing a pergola with some built-in benches, you need beautiful high-performance products. With that in mind, your best bet is a strong versatile wood such as Western Red Cedar. It’s pitch and resin-free, so it readily accepts and holds a variety of finishes. Or for an ultra-low maintenance option, you can let cedar weather naturally to a graceful silvery patina.

4. Build a fire pit

Right now, fire pits are the “hottest” thing in landscaping (pun intended). Landscape architects also cite a fire pit as an outdoor improvement that’s in high demand. That’s because they’re great for enhancing key areas and creating a sense of place, which in turn, adds value to your home. They can be both practical – warming an outdoor space on chilly fall evenings – and fun. Installing one is relatively easy, too. You can find plenty of design ideas, complete with building instructions, with a simple online search. Be sure to carefully consider where you locate your fire pit, keeping safety in mind.

5. Incorporate raised planters

Gardening is a popular outdoor pastime, and building raised planters or beds can make it easier to enjoy a variety of vegetables and flowers throughout the growing season. Planting in raised beds – instead of directly in the ground – affords you greater control over soil quality, moisture and pests. Plus, tending raised beds is easier on the back. For a longer-term investment, choose a durable, naturally rot-resistant material, such as Western Red Cedar. This will ensure your beds are in good shape from season to season. And according to many home renovation experts, it’s little landscaping touches like this that can add substantial value to your home.

For more outdoor ideas, free building plans and information on Western Red Cedar, visit www.realcedar.com.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Philly NAACP

March 31, 2024

March 17, 2024

Tweet Email Tweet Email Related Posts Philadelphia Judicial Primary Candidates At A Glance Guide Philadelphia Judicial Candidates...

Sports

A hustle win

April 2, 2024

Tweet Email To get their first win of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies went back to their...

Health

A biased test kept thousands of Black people from getting a kidney transplant. It’s finally changing

April 5, 2024

Tweet Email ABOVE PHOTO: Jazmin Evans, a student at Temple University, prepares her post-kidney transplant medications at...

Election 2024

Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot dating rule is legal under civil rights law, appeals court says

April 6, 2024

Tweet Email FILE – Chester County, Pa. election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots at West Chester...

Color Of Money

Five financial tips to take your business to the next level

April 5, 2024

Tweet Email BPTBy Irana Wasti, chief product officer at BILL Building a business is an incredible journey,...

Seniors

Jump start the spring season by getting vaccinated against this potentially serious lung disease

April 5, 2024

Tweet Email BPT Spring is the season of new beginnings — a time when we can finally...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff