(StatePoint) While all homeowners may wish they had unlimited resources to make upgrades, most people need to prioritize a bit due to time and money. For many these days, the goal is extending living and entertaining areas outdoors: 56 percent of homeowners are making updates to improve their yards for entertaining, according to a Houzz Landscaping Trends study.

Click Here to Enlarge Infographic.

To that end, the number one design element in outdoor renovations is a fire feature. This could be because outdoor fireplaces extend the season by adding warmth, provide a visual focal point around which to gather, and offer an opportunity to personalize the space. And if you are looking for a great return on investment, this addition can be beneficial when it’s time to sell: an outdoor fireplace can increase a home’s value up to $3,500, according to the Marshall & Swift Residential Cost Handbook. For free resources on selecting the right fireplace for you, visit fireplaces.com/outdoor.

When upgrading your home’s outdoor spaces, consider those additions and renovations that offer greater comfort now, and greater profit later.

*****

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.