Adding Value to a Backyard
Consider spending a little time and money on a backyard to increase the value of a home.
Making an outdoor living room is a great way to increase a home’s livable square footage and is one of the more popular equity projects today. A patio should balance backyard ambiance with an indoor feel. Depending on your climate, these projects bring the most equity in the spring and summer.
A low maintenance patio is perfect for many lifestyles. While composite decking needs little maintenance, the material can be just a little too much for some budgets. A concrete pad is another low maintenance, inexpensive choice but can be a challenging do-it-yourself project. Brick pavers are a sturdy, low maintenance, cost effective and beautiful choice for a backyard patio.
While a water feature is a nice-looking addition to a backyard, it can be a high maintenance turnoff to potential homebuyers. If you don't plan on selling anytime soon, for the relatively low cost of materials and almost no cost of labor, a bubbling brook is worth the cost of enjoyment.
If a patio needs some daytime sun protection, a pergola is a non-invasive and stylish choice for shade. It blends well with craftsman architecture.
Small Yards, Big Designs
These makeovers make dull yards into dazzling, relaxing garden spaces.
Think Outside the Triangle
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Relaxing, Open Spaces in a French Kitchen
A fireplace, white marble and La Cornue range are just a few of the distinct details in Mick De Giulio's fresh, upscale kitchen design.
A Sensual Design for the Serious Cook
Function is first, beauty a close second in this lavish pro-style kitchen, created with the cook in mind by designer Michael Schwartz.
Top design experts help you choose the right style for your classic bath.
Strategies for Going Green
From improving indoor air quality to decreasing energy costs, we've got the ideas you need to get your green kitchen now.
High Style in a High-End Kitchen
It's all about elegance in David McNulty's kitchen design for a sophisticated and expensive Chicago kitchen, from hand-carved friezes to fabulous freezers.
Smart window design enhances this kitchen's character.
5 Little Luxuries for a Happy Kitchen
HGTV's Dream Home designer, Linda Woodrum, starts work on her own dream kitchen. Find out what's on her wish list.
How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen
Go green and follow these easy design tips to create an affordable, stylish and eco-friendly kitchen.
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