Relaxing in your backyard, gazing at the stars, grilling, enjoying the company of family and friends – summer is the time to enjoy your home and invigorate your senses. As summer moves into fall, why move indoors? Adding an outdoor kitchen and lighting is a great way to expand your home’s living space and can be a sound investment in your home. Picture yourself watching the football game while grilling up burgers with family and friends!
If you’re thinking about adding a few outdoor living elements, you’re not alone. A recent annual project poll revealed by Angie’s List showed that 35 percent of respondents plan on investing in the exterior of their home instead of moving. According to the international media group HULIQ, “Over 85 percent of Americans are renovating their homes to find ways to spend more time outdoors. Research shows they are investing in outdoor living spaces and dining areas where they can go to relax and entertain guests. From patios to outdoor dining rooms, Americans are extending their living spaces to eat and kick back outdoors.”
If you’re wondering about the potential to recoup your investment when it comes time to sell, real estate experts at MSN suggest that building an outdoor kitchen can get you about the same if not more return on investment as renovating an indoor kitchen (70-80%). Other experts claim you can get more for your money; CNN Money suggests some outdoor kitchens can fetch a 100–200% ROI.
So, where do you begin? As with any major home project, here are key things to consider:
Functionality – If entertaining is your goal, consider an outdoor kitchen with cooking, refrigeration and seating. Lighting creates mood and provides safety. Sports fans will want to add an outdoor TV. What about a pizza oven with a great countertop for serving? Seating walls and pathways welcome guests and showcase your garden. Trees and shrubs provide a cozy and colorful backdrop. The design elements are limitless!
Maintenance – Hardscape designs are durable and long-lasting, and require little maintenance. Solid, natural composition makes them a real extension of the home.
Budget – Many homeowners are investing in their homes rather than moving residences. To achieve their project goals, some homeowners install major projects in phases. An experienced landscape designer can work with you to plan out the best way to proceed.
Professional Supplier – Experience is the top priority. A landscape designer and installer with experience in choosing and installing trees, shrubs, hardscapes, lighting and more will make your outdoor space work for you.
O’Donovan Landscaping has over 45 years of experience in the Naperville area, creating residential landscapes for new or existing homes. Call us at 630-355-3370 for more information and ideas on designing an outdoor living space for your home.