On the Australian south east coast, where the summers are long and hot, and the winters are often very mild, outdoor living is not surprisingly a big part of the local lifestyle. In fact, many property owners place as much importance and emphasis on their outdoor living spaces as their indoors, and rightfully so. The simple answer to the question in the title of this article is yes, an attractive outdoor area can indeed add real value to a home. However, exactly how much value you are likely to add by developing an attractive outdoor area on your property will depend on the features you include in your plans and how well the whole project is executed.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, a homeowner can expect to gain an average of an 80% return on the build of a deck. The deck’s size, decking material, geographical location, ease of access and the ‘wow’ factor as contributing factors to a greater return.

Ensuring Your Outdoor Living Space Adds Value

To make sure that you get a good return on your investment when developing an outdoor area around your home, ensure you consider the following:

Council Permits – If you would like to avoid the possibility of having to tear down your alfresco living space or deck shortly after completion, you should hire a business that can take care of any permits you may require, before the building work commences.

Professional Plans Are Essential – Whatever features you decide to include in your outdoor area, you will need an outdoor building specialist to produce accurate plans if you wish to ensure the finished result is everything you dreamed it would be, with an overall theme that ties each individual element together beautifully.

Entertainment space– Whether you go for timber decking, covered alfresco living area, your new outdoor area should include a central space large enough for seating and tables, where you can relax and enjoy the fine weather on summer evenings and long weekends. The ideal dimensions for this space will depend on how much land you have available for your project and whether you would like to use your new space purely for family relaxation or for holding fun barbeques or parties.

Landscaping – To make sure that the outdoor area complements the rest of your home and is practical too, it will need to be professionally landscaped by a team of experts with many years of experience working on residential properties. Perimeter landscaping that both improves the appearance of your outdoor space and the security of your home is just one example of how a professional team can ensure your new area adds real value to your home.