If you haven’t thought about joining the outdoor living space cult yet, think again.
Next to energy efficiency, no other market trend is shifting the landscape of home design like outdoor living. Outdoor improvements maximize living and entertainment space without breaking the bank to build.
They also increase your home’s value. 51 percent of buyers surveyed by Realtor.com in a recent poll said that outdoor living space was the most attractive quality in a home.
Adding an outdoor living space can be rewarding both personally and financially, so consider these projects that pull double duty.
Do Some Gardening + Landscaping
Gardens and landscaped spaces are perennially popular, and though they may require annual upkeep, not all gardens are needy. Peruse your local nursery for native plants or drought-tolerant plants that thrive in your region, which are both low-maintenance and less expensive. Sun Joe offers a variety of affordable tools to keep your garden beds looking fresh and healthy.
Also consider adding shade trees or tall shrubs near windows that have the added benefit of lowering energy bills in the summer by blocking the sun’s warm rays from overheating your home. Don’t forget to maintain their appearance with our easy-to-use electric pole chain saws. Investing in other lawn equipment such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers will also help you be the envy of your neighborhood.
Add a Pergola
Pergolas are archways that cover a patio or deck dining area, and typically have a wooden slatted roof. Installing one over your existing patio or deck provides several benefits, including better shade, opportunities for more greenery and lighting, as well as protection against bugs should you choose to install breezy curtains. You can get creative with adding additions, such as vines, hanging flowers, string lights or fabric curtains without breaking the bank. According to the landscape architecture survey, 83 percent of homeowners and buyers are into these.
Build a Patio or Deck
Adding a large deck can get pricey, but it also effectively adds a whole outdoor environment, plus decks provide a high return on investment at 74 percent for composite and 87 percent for wood, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report. If you’re not ready to drop a ton of money , you can alternatively build a paved or stone patio for much less, though its return on investment is harder to calculate. Patios, terraces and decks are high homeowners and buyers wish lists – 98 percent want them, according to the landscape architecture survey.
Using a Sun Joe pressure washer will help keep your new investment looking spiffy, by removing any tar and grease from concrete, heavy mildew stains, oil stains, rust from steel and other stubborn gunk and grime. We’ve also got plenty of attachments that make any cleaning task a breeze.
Freshen Your Curb Appeal
Don’t procrastinate until you want to sell your home to begin caring about curb appeal. Having a better looking home should be an attribute you strive for throughout the year. Plus, most cosmetic improvements are simple, relatively inexpensive and long-lasting. Repaint your home if it needs a fresh coat; patch or repave your driveway; or get a little dirty and clean up the grass.
Outdoor Fire Pits + Fireplaces
Fireplaces and fire pits continuously poll well in surveys with homeowners and buyers. Cool summer nights and tradition make a small fire desirable in any backyard. Durable and high quality fire pits can also be inexpensive. Sun Joe sells many styles and finishes designed to match any taste and décor under $250.00. Fire pits and fireplaces ranked third in the most popular outdoor living features on the landscape architecture survey.