Home sales are still recovering, but business is brisk when it comes to homeowners upgrading their outdoor spaces. Landscapes and lawns will always require maintenance, but more people are investing bigger dollars in adding outdoor kitchens, fire pits and seating areas.
Creating a more comfortable outdoor space enhances your quality of living and also helps add resale value.
Installing decks and pavers are popular spring projects that pay immediate dividends and-if you can get it finished in time for a Memorial Day BBQ-you'll likely have the most popular house on the block this summer!
Before you dive into your hardscaping project, make sure you have a long-term plan that realistically fits your budget. Outdoor kitchens are difficult to move once installed; with fire pit locations, be aware of where gas and water lines are located on your property.
If you aren't ready to commit to a hardscape plan, then start slowly and get that grill you've been wanting and that portable fire pit that you can try out in different spots around your yard.
For more on outdoor living, consider the following articles and slideshows:
Landscaping Made Easy
Outdoor Kitchens: High Style and State-of-the-Art Features
7 Reasons to Consider the New “Grass” Alternative