Outdoor Upgrades That Yield the Greatest ROI

Functional outdoor spaces are a hot trend for home design these days and with good reason. In addition to expanding your useful living space, a well-planned, maintained landscape will increase your curb appeal dramatically. Outdoor rooms, terraces, patios, and other “hardscape” additions are high-yield investments. Good landscape design can actually add up to 20 percent… Read More


Functional outdoor spaces are a hot trend for home design these days and with good reason. In addition to expanding your useful living space, a well-planned, maintained landscape will increase your curb appeal dramatically. Outdoor rooms, terraces, patios, and other “hardscape” additions are high-yield investments. Good landscape design can actually add up to 20 percent to the value of your home.

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), homeowners should invest about 10 percent of the home’s value into landscaping. But like all home improvements, there’s a right way to do your own landscape design and a wrong way. Your outdoor space should be an extension of your lifestyle and should reflect your own individual tastes, but good design can make a variety of elements work together.

Here are a few tips for creating your own landscaped outdoor space:

Pick Your ‘Furniture’

The same way you would contemplate a living room design in its entirety, think about what kind of “furniture” you want in the yard. Structures like canopies, swings, fire pits, covered patios, and strategically placed benches make your back yard functional in addition to adding interesting visual elements. There are also less costly options like outdoor lights, water features, bird baths, or garden sculptures that will add depth and visual draw to your yard without a huge investment. Think of the canopies, awnings, and outdoor pillows you use as the fabrics of the room. Using colors and patterns that coordinate with elements of your interior will make the space feel like an even more natural extension of your house.

Add Color

Don’t be scared of colors. Coordinating a color scheme for your fixed elements will then help you plan an interesting plant color scheme that complements your permanent pieces. It can be hard to keep up on paint retouching with outdoor furniture, so a lot of homeowners will focus on bright outdoor fabrics. Outdoor throw pillows and rugs are easily cleaned without too much fuss, and these can be found in thousands of patterns and colors. Porch shades and retractable canopy fabrics not only provide shade but in the right color, they also add interesting shades of lighting in the right spots, giving you a lovely jewel-tone light to relax in. Awnings give you the opportunity to either accentuate certain exterior colors in your house that already exist or add a completely new color element without painting or refinishing.

Give Yourself Some Shade

One of the most important elements of an outdoor space is that it’s functional at different times of the day. So your patio might be lovely in the early evening but may be unbearable at midday in full sun. To get the best ROI on your home, invest in patio canopies and sun shades. Something simple like a manual, retractable awning over the back deck or fixed awnings over your windows pays for itself through curb appeal and increased home value, and you’ll see your monthly energy bills go down as well.

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