The longer this goes on the more creative we need to be and people are doing just that. Finding unique ways to entertain themselves, home projects and creative ways to spend time are becoming the norm. If you cleaned up everything in your house, organized it all, Marie-Kondo-ed the heck out of everything, it’s time to look outside. Here’s 4 outdoor projects to create a fun staycation.
#1. Create a new patio.
Whether you have one that needs a little bit of TLC or it’s time to create a new one, having a patio that allows you to sit, relax, and enjoy your family will create that restful oasis we need during these stressful times. Patios can be one of the most versatile things to add to your backyard and there are literally endless options when it comes to design and style.
A patio is a blank canvas that can give you endless ways to customize. You’ll want to level the ground and add some pavers, furniture, lights, and then a focal point such as a fire pit or picnic table. This costs approximately $1000-$5000 for a complete living room size patio set of stamped pavers complete with furniture.
Similar to a patio, a deck is a great addition to a home, offering another gathering and entertainment space. Decks are versatile and can either be low wooden platforms on a single-story home or an elevated backyard oasis for a larger two-story property. It’s ideal to have dinners, alfresco meals, barbecues, or just a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the sun. Decks are perfect for growing container gardens as most decks are located off of the kitchen making herb gardens ideal for that quick addition to any dish.
Decks on average can range anywhere from $2000 up to $15,000 depending on the materials you use and how many new items you’ll need on the deck for entertainment purposes.
#3. Front porch.
The front porch should be neglected either. Consider where you get the sun at different times of the day. Does the front porch offer a better relaxation spot? If so, it’s time to enhance it with a larger area. Farmhouse style homes with large wraparound decks are commanding greater prices when homeowners go to sell. Creates a unique look, it’s practical, and it enhances the entry to the home. You can add furniture, a porch swing, potted flowers, and plants, and it can be a great canvas for seasonal decorations. On average, homeowners spend about $20,000 building porches.
#4. Pool and/or hot tub
Pools are perfect for kids, adults, and even retirees that want a little bit of exercise. They’re also ideal in hot climates like Florida. Many homes do already have swimming pools and there are a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. Pools can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes including inflatable pools, above ground, belowground, plunge pools, swim spas or an endless pool, that offers a chance to cool off without taking up the whole yard.
Pool costs vary greatly depending on the size and design of the pool you choose. Aboveground inflatable pools can start at just $200 but inground pools could cost up to $30,000. However, it’s a great way to cool off and add a resort-style functionality to your own home.
Were all in this together but some are probably enjoying staycations more than others. If you want to be one of those folks, consider adding one of these items to your home. Not only can you enjoy it but it will increase the resale value of your house.