Adding Value to a Backyard

Consider spending a little time and money on a backyard to increase the value of a home.


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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.

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Backyard from DIY Network Blog Cabin 2009

Complete with flagstone-paved courtyard and covered patio, the backyard provides a peaceful haven ideal for entertaining guests. A handyman's workshop is tucked away in a covered port, but within easy reach should creativity call.

Add Value With a Back Deck

Transforming an unused backyard into a relaxing outdoor living space increases your home's worth while giving you another place to spend time.

Backyard from DIY Network Blog Cabin 2010

With a remodeled back deck, stadium-style stairs and a flagstone patio with custom fire pit, the backyard commands attention.

Backyard from DIY Network Blog Cabin 2011

A staircase from the back deck leads to a cobblestone-paved patio and casual seating areas that take advantage of bay views.

Accessories for a Backyard Deck

From canopies that simply just snap into place to gadgets that'll keep you cool in summer and warm in the fall, there are many accessories available to liven up a back deck.

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