The Value of an Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living spaces vary greatly in both function and design, as well as what they bring to you and your family. An outdoor living space can increase the monetary value of your home and residential landscape while boosting your own happiness and comfort. There are three ways these spaces add value. We'll take a look at each here, so continue reading.
Intrinsic Value
Imagine coming home during beautiful weather and being able to enjoy all the comforts of the indoors, but outside.  By creating an outdoor haven, you'll have an additional place to read your book, play with your children or pets, and just relax. After the stress of a long day, just being outside can improve your mood drastically. Instead of having to sit in a dusty lawn chair, you could have a dreamy residential landscape with a beautiful patio with a fire pit or fireplace to enjoy. With an outdoor space, you'll love coming home.
Social Value
Entertaining in your home is probably one of your favorite things to do. In your circle of friends and family, people tend to gather at the house that has the best accommodations, residential landscape, and most room to offer. By including an outdoor living space as part of your home, you'll have a great place to enjoy the company of your favorite people.  A large deck or patio, outdoor living room, or outdoor kitchen are perfect for last minute get-togethers and parties. Your guests can gather around the fireplace in summer or take in the beauty of a winter wonderland while staying warm. No matter the outdoor living space you choose to create, your home will quickly become the place to be.     
Monetary Value  
According to a survey of homebuyers conducted by Realtor.com in 2014, outdoor living spaces were the most attractive quality in properties and residential landscapes, beating out highly desired curb appeal and open floor plans. Along with making your home more desirable should you choose to sell, outdoor living spaces can also add to the value of your home, increasing your asking and selling price.  Many home improvement projects do not bring a return on your investment, but the addition of an outdoor living space will.  If you're considering what remodeling you should do to your home and/or residential landscape, an outdoor addition should be at the top of your list. You'll enjoy it and when you choose to list your property, you'll see the monetary value it carries as well.  
People who spend more time outdoors tend to be happier and feel healthier, but you don't have to give up your comforts to do so. If you like to enjoy the outdoors but don't currently have an outdoor space in your landscape design, a new patio and seating area could be ideal for you. An outdoor kitchen would allow you to entertain, cook, and eat while enjoying nature. Consider adding a large deck positioned to take in the best your property’s landscape and garden have to offer. However you choose to design your outdoor living space, you can be confident that it will add value to both your life and your home.
Take the time to reach out to Michaelangelo’s Sustainable Landscape & Design Group to get the process of creating an outdoor space started. Call us today!
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