It’s finally summertime and if you love to entertain as much as we do, you’re probably going to want to take your backyard to the next level. How could you not? After a year and half of this pandemic, it’s time to kick back, relax, and finally enjoy spending time with family and friends.
If you don’t know where to start or if you want to sell your house soon and want to appeal to buyers, here are some insights from top agents that will give you an idea of what backyard upgrades buyers want. For more home ideas: A-Lifestyle Home Decor
5 Best Backyard Ideas
Swimming pools reign supreme
When we think of summertime fun, splashing around in a pool is probably the very first thing that comes to mind. The desire for a backyard swimming pool isn’t something new – they’ve always been a popular upgrade, be it an above ground pool or in-ground. A swimming pool means the kids have something to do when it’s really hot out, it’s a place the adults can relax in and even get some exercise, and they add value to your property. It’s a win-win all around.
Better lights for safety and atmosphere
Your house probably has a light by the backdoor, but if you’ve never upgraded it, it’s probably an eyesore. Not only that, but outdated light fixtures aren’t energy efficient and don’t do enough for creating a nice atmosphere. Homeowners are upgrading the light by the backdoor, but they’re also adding recessed lighting (if under a covered porch or patio), lights along the walkway, spotlights to highlight special features in the yard and even string lights to make the yard feel a little more whimsical.
Built-in grills are great additions
Gone are the days where you’re hunched over a little charcoal grill that looks like it belongs near the dumpster. A built-in grilling station, a wet bar, or a complete outdoor kitchen are desirable among homeowners and buyers alike – especially those who enjoy entertaining. And, along with an outdoor cookstation, you’ll want to have a nice patio set where you can chow down on your delicious barbecue grub!
Cozy outdoor living spaces
So, you’ve got your swimming pool, a cook station and a dining area. What more does your backyard possibly need for it to be a summer oasis? A cozy living space of course. The living space can be as simple as a few adirondack chairs around a firepitor as elaborate as an outdoor living room complete with a ceiling fan, comfy patio furniture, outdoor carpet and accessories. The name of the game here is to treat this space as an extension of your living room and a place where you’ll want to spend a lot of your time either entertaining, working remotely, or relaxing with some lemonade.
Space outside for playing games
Summer entertainment is more than just barbecue and swimming. It’s about running around and having fun! Homeowners are saving space in their yard specifically for backyard games and they’re making sure the grass is luscious, the trees are trimmed, and there’s ample lighting.. Some homeowners with children are going so far as to convert an area of their yard into a small playground for the kids.
Backyard upgrades are a fantastic way to add value to your home while still being the go-to spot for anyone who wants to have get-togethers, block parties, or a fun weekend with loved ones. If you’re uncertain about where to start, here are some tips for first time sellers. You can also always consult a real estate agent if you’re thinking of selling your home.