Typically, homeowners spend most of their attention creating a warm and inviting home inside the walls of their house. However, outdoor living environments add additional space to welcome family and friends. Not sure where to start? Perhaps you want to boost your outdoor space's visual appeal or function? Here are a few simple suggestions that will offer a lasting return on investment for your property.

Al Fresco Dining:
An outdoor cooking area is a wonderful way to increase the value and enjoyment of your property. If the idea of a second kitchen sounds daunting, remember that you can keep it simple. A functional kitchen that doesn't dominate your landscape can make all the difference for your outdoor area. With an outdoor kitchen, you can utilize a whole world of additional cooking options, methods such as smoking, or the use of an open-flame offer unique meal alternatives to your family and guests. While a full-fledged outdoor kitchen can be pretty pricey, keep in mind they do typically receive a solid return on investment.

Warm-up your Life:
Think of all the warmth and relaxation that comes with fire. Introducing a fireplace or fire-pit to your outdoor area will make your family feel right at home during the summer and fall seasons. You could use brick, stones, dig a pit with a retaining wall, or purchase a fire-pit with easy mobility. A welcoming fireplace pairs well with cookouts, late-night talks, or simply a warm place to share an evening. 

Pergolas, covered porches, 3 season rooms & decks are great ways to add livable space to your home.

Architectural Features:
Decks and stone patios are a great way to add a breath of fresh air to your home if you're looking for a way to expand your living environment. Building a gazebo or adding a pergola or shade walls to your patio can add classic beauty to your outdoor living space. These attractive hardscape features create a peaceful space to relax in the cool shade, provide a great place for a barbecue, or bring privacy to your hot tub. Are you looking for a way to unite your new outdoor living room to your existing home? A beautiful paver, natural stone, or flagstone walkway can be the perfect element to tie together your outdoor living environment. Creating your hardscapes using durable construction materials will ensure that they can be enjoyed for generations, adding value to your property.

These are all suggestions that help create a relaxing space to unwind with family and friends, enjoy the outdoors, or entertain guests. Each update you make must offer a strong return, and these choices will bring exactly that. A warm, inviting outdoor area will impress a potential buyer if need be and will keep your family feeling right at home, inside and out. The professional Realtors® of Poole Realty in Suwannee and Columbia counties are dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to make your real estate dreams a reality.

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