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Update Your Outdoor Living Space to Boost Home Value


April 6, 2016

Can you believe that Colorado has more days of sunshine per year than San Diego? We have an average of 300 days of sunshine per year in the Mile High City. In Denver, we take our love of the outdoors seriously. It’s not just skiing in the winter and summer day hikes, it’s all day, every day in this beautiful state we call home. The natural surroundings and robust economy bring more and more people here every year, keeping our housing prices strong. In spring there will be a lot of homes on the market and if you’re looking to put yours up there too, renovating your outdoor living space is one way to make your house stand out, sell quickly, and fetch top dollar.

A survey recently conducted by the National Association of Realtors found that the kitchen is no longer heart of the home. An astounding 83% of those surveyed stated that their outdoor living space is currently their favorite part of their home. Adding a patio, deck, or pergola increases your living area and enhances your enjoyment, especially in the mild days from May – October. Outdoor entertaining, relaxing after work, and taking time to relish a Rocky Mountain sunset can do wonders for the soul. Experts agree that renovating your outdoor space not only increases your personal enjoyment but is one of the best investments you can make when it’s time to sell.

Fire Pit

One of the most popular additions to enhance your outdoor living space for entertaining is a fire pit. Low cost, wood burning, brick fire pits and metal fireplaces are available in many home improvement stores but what many people don’t realize is that these are illegal in many counties, including Denver. They have been banned for the sake of air quality as well as safety. Open burning of wood is illegal in Denver so the only legal fire pits are those that burn propane or natural gas. Our professional installers are well versed in both city ordinances and fire safety code to ensure you won’t run into any problems with the city or neighborhood HOA in the future.

Patios and Decks

Wood decks are a popular addition to any backyard. Wood is probably the least expensive and most versatile material available. It is not very permanent though and does require at least a yearly effort in maintenance. The harsh Colorado winters and hot, dry summers are extremely hard on wood. Even if residents keep up with staining and polyurethane coating, the elements eventually take their toll. Concrete is more permanent but also comes with its own set of issues. It is extremely porous and will absorb moisture. As the sun goes down, the moisture can freeze and expand, causing cracks. The best option for building a deck in our varied climate is stone pavers. They are much less porous than concrete and last much longer than wood. They also require very little upkeep. Pavers come in a variety of colors and shapes to suit any outdoor décor.

Pergola

The function of a pergola is two-fold. It adds dimension and creates an inviting space to a patio or deck and also provides some much needed shade from the harsh Colorado sun. A pergola can completely transform your outdoor living area. They are also one of the least expensive additions that can be done while creating a huge impact on the visual appeal of the space. A pergola is perfect for holding flowering vines, hanging planters, or even shimmering outdoor drapes. There is no end to the looks you can accomplish by installing a pergola.

If you are interested in enhancing your outdoor living area for your own enjoyment or to ensure your housing sale goes quickly, call us today at 720-935-4922 to speak to one of our design consultants!