Small outdoor structures and flexible spaces that can be used to walk through, sit, or for other practical purposes are also on homeowners’ wish lists, and experts say they are ideal for introducing a focus and personality in a garden or yard. “Pergolas are a great way to define space and add some shade,” said Claire Goldman, director of R&R Landscaping in Auburn, Alabama and a member of the board of directors for the National Association of Landscape Professionals.
According to data from Realtor.com, property views for houses with pergolas, gazebos, canopies and gazebos increased 45 percent year over year, and they are selling 23 days, or 39 percent, faster than the same period last year. The average list price for homes with this type of outdoor facilities increased 13.4 percent year over year to hit $ 453,000 in 2021.
Adding a wooden deck also increases the return on investment. Data from Remodeling Magazine shows that building a new 16×20 foot deck with stairs and railings can cost just under $ 17,000 and has a resale value of $ 11,000, a 65.8 percent return. But be careful about rushing a project like this, warns the magazine’s editor-in-chief Clayton DeKorne. “The demand for contractors is so high and the materials are still very delayed. Perhaps the best advice is to wait, leave a deposit and secure the project for next spring. “
In addition to lush lawns and pretty landscaping, the attractiveness of the curb naturally plays a major role when it comes to reselling. A fresh coat of paint can also work wonders. The paint brand Dunn-Edwards has declared that the trendy exterior colors include mineral and nature-based colors such as warm gray, sage and brown as well as anthracite and deep blue. Alternatively, the colors that are best avoided are orange, light blue, yellow, and red, which are more prone to sun fading.
Like all vegetable gardens planted during the pandemic, they’re likely here to stay. If anything, new iterations will be more targeted and tailored to fresh cut flowers and to attract winged visitors. “We saw more openness to a wildflower and pollinator garden surrounding the lawn rather than more well-tended shrubs,” said Ms. Goldman.
The hardest part could be figuring out which outdoor project to start with first, and Ms. Goldman recommends approaching the process with caution. “The biggest general trend is more emphasis on thoughtfulness and function. Customers look for a purpose in their outdoor space, ”she said.
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