What backyard features can help sell your Knoxville home? Today, more people are upgrading their homes by creating outdoor living areas with more function, comfort and style. Here are four ideas gaining appeal around the country.
1: Outdoor Kitchens. Barbecuing is just the beginning. Outdoor kitchens can also include a stove, oven and small refrigerator so the cook has all ingredients at hand. Some layouts include sinks, storage cabinets and preparation areas.
2: Outdoor Dining Spaces. These can be covered with a weatherproof gazebo that can be hung with curtains and screens. Tables with durable glass or tile tops, along with matching chairs with removable cushions make an attractive patio. Fancy hammocks and “gravity” chairs are also popular. These living areas can come alive at night with special lighting, outdoor fireplaces, chimneys and gas-powered fire pits in a style to complement your home.
3: Waterworks. Fountains, self-contained waterfalls, small ponds and water gardens add the soothing sounds of water without costing a lot. But if pools are common in your neighborhood, adding one can enhance your outdoor living and might increase property value. But first find out about maintenance and other ongoing expenses.
4: Shade Trees. Outdoor living is always enhanced with the addition of a few large shade trees. They provide cool shade in summer and beautiful silhouettes in winter. Planted on the east side of the house, shade trees prevent morning heat and on the west and southwest sides, they stop heat buildup from the afternoon sun to cut cooling costs.