Summer is finally here, which means you'll want a great outdoor space to spend time in or, if you want to sell a home, to enhance its value.
Recently, Realtor.com compiled a list of the most popular outdoor trends and how much you'd have to pay to get one in your home. However, here we'll look at how some of these features can help boost the value of your home
According to the report by Realtor.com, infinity pools rack up the highest premium: a whopping 56 percent over other homes in the area. Compared to other basic pools, these fixtures have edges that make it seem like the pool fades into the horizon. However, its features extend far beyond that. To some, the luxury of having this kind of pool makes up for the responsibility of maintaining it.
The con of installing an infinity pool is that it can be costly. According to Do It Yourself, infinity pools start around $30,000, but once you start adding on other parts, the expense quickly multiplies. Plus, they're not right for every landscape. They're typically seen in areas with a lot of hills or slopes, so the edge of the pool overlooks a view.
Backyards have become more than just an outdoor space. More homeowners are treating them as their own rooms with actual design concepts and layouts. One trending idea is to create an outdoor kitchen.
According to a 2014 outdoor design trends survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, 92 percent of respondents rated outdoor living spaces like kitchens and other entertainment areas as in-demand assets. Realtor.com found that this addition to your landscape, on average, can add a 26.2 percent premium on the property.
Going beyond your standard grill setup, outdoor kitchens take all the appliances and features found in a traditional kitchen and bring them outside. The concept is that you can create a better space for entertaining by having everything you need right there.
Anyone for tennis? If you've got your own court, not only do you have access to the popular pastime, but you also have a hot landscaping trend. Realtor.com found that tennis courts can add a 14.6 percent premium to a property. They're often a sign of luxury, as well as a great way to get in shape.
However, the con of having a tennis court is that they're expensive to install and take up a lot of space. If you're not a big fan of the sport, it's not worth adding this feature to your home.