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Outdoor spaces have become extensions of our homes. In the past twenty years, they have become bigger and more luxurious thanks to the home improvement shows. They not only provide a relaxing area to entertain but add value to a home. According to the Independent, an outdoor space can increase the value of a home as much as 20%. However, creating an outdoor space is more than just adding a few chairs and plants to a balcony or patio. It is redesigning the landscape and hardscape. If you decide to create an outdoor space, you must set a budget that fits the space you plan to utilize. Also, the type of outdoor space will dictate the type of permit you will need (if necessary). Let’s take a look at a few ideas for outdoor spaces. 

  1. An outdoor kitchen — When the weather is warm, there is nothing like dining al fresco. This type of kitchen can be as simple as a grill and a small workspace to a large one with a grill, refrigerator, sink, pizza oven, and wine refrigerator. The materials also play an important part, such as stone, marble, and granite, because they must stand up to the elements. 
  2. Gardens — This is another area where a homeowner can create their own oasis. There are many types of gardens, where you can grow vegetables, relax among wildflowers or even do yoga. 
  3. Outdoor structures — These are rooms that are enclosed or partially enclosed. Garden rooms are detached rooms that are fully insulated and have electricity and plumbing. They are small in scale but bring the outdoors in with the wall-to-wall windows and a bi-fold or french doors. There are several styles and are used as a work or entertaining space. Loggias, barns, and sheds that can become outdoor spaces. 
  4. Decks — They can be one level or many depending on your budget. A large deck provides the opportunity to have luxurious outdoor seating by sectionals, a few cushioned chairs or a dining set. There can be seating built into the deck (e.g. benches) and decorative planters. Also, adding a rug, tables, and accessories (e.g. lanterns) will make the deck feel like a room. 
  5. Patios — If you have a level piece of ground, a patio is the way to go. It’s less maintenance than a deck and cheaper to install. To create a unique patio, you can use a variety of materials, such as concrete, natural stone, and pavers. 

Having an outdoor space is a great way to increase the value of a home, depending on the size, style, and condition. It is more than elaborate landscaping; an outdoor space is a place to relax away stress as well as spend time with family and friends.