Sellers Take Note…Buyers Love Outside Living Spaces!
Studies have shown that simply being outside makes people feel more alive. That is certainly true in the Upstate of South Carolina, where mild summers lead to our grills and outdoor kitchens and brisk fall temps welcome a fire pit and late night sing a longs.
This growing popularity for outdoor living areas is easily done with the likes of large home improvement stores advertising the whole idea coming together in a 3 day weekend or BIG projects finished in a week off in the summer.
Experts who specialize in residential design across the country reviewed some of the most in demand outdoor living features and design elements.
Kitchens and Grills
Whether its building in your new grill, smoker or deep fryer you will want to have some work space and possibly cover from the elements. Popular finishes are brick, slate, concrete countertops and stone. Stainless steel grills and appliances have great outdoor life as well. Easy to clean and normally hold up in the elements. Remember, this is an upscale showcase for your home and entertaining – upgrades are a must!
Think beyond traditional light fixtures, take advantage of the open space of the outdoors to use a larger than normal globe or cast iron lanterns, and lamp posts. Running in ground natural gas can be a big help to turn up the look of lanterns, lamp posts and not to mention the ease of quick lighting fuel for your appliances. Most designers recommend ambient lighting placed beneath seating and garden features can bring a chic, ethereal atmosphere to your outdoor living areas. Lighting not only enhances the beauty of your landscaping and extends your time of use, it is an important safety feature for guests coming and going.
Seating and Dining Areas
All-weather materials are more abundant than ever, offering homeowners the opportunity to choose the perfect seating and dining arrangements for any backyard, lakeside or mountain view. Comfortable seating around a fire pit or table encourages guests to linger, and having a spacious outdoor dining set makes even the most ordinary family dinner something special.
A fire pit is a great way to add ambiance to an evening get-together. Do-it-yourselfers of nearly any experience level can assemble a fire pit or grill from a kit. Several portable versions are available and can easily be covered or stored out of site when not in use. Larger structures require foundation work and finishing with stone, rock or brick to create a year round spot for outdoor enjoyment.
Creating a beautiful space for outdoor enjoyment CREATES a new place for family fun and INCREASES your casual living appeal when perspective purchasers view your home! Transform your vacant space to get ahead of the other homes in your market.
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