Spending some time outdoors within the confines of your home can be a magical experience. Family BBQs, lazy weekends under an umbrella and playtime with the kids and pets are just some backyard activities people look forward to.

If you crave something extra special in your backyard and outdoor space, the following home improvement projects may not only look nice, but could add instant value to your home.

Upgrade the patio

Adding a table, chairs and some kind of flooring surface will work wonders in your outdoor area. The surface tile or flooring can be complex or simple, and is an opportunity to add a pop of color. The addition of a patio area extends your home’s living space into the outdoors and can be used for almost any occasion. Not to mention, this dedicated outdoor space may add value and personality to your home.

Install a firepit

Cold weather can limit the time spent outdoors. The addition of a firepit, however, will invite everyone to take a seat and soak in the warmth and glow of a fire. You can build activities around the firepit, too. Imagine gathering around the firepit to roast marshmallows and tell scary stories just as dusk begins.

While a custom firepit setup can be pricy, it’s a worthwhile investment as it may provide a good return on investment. But the evenings you spend with your family and friends around the firepit will be priceless.

Build an outdoor kitchen

Why not dream big? When it comes to adding value, very few outdoor projects come close to an outdoor kitchen add-on. When considering this option, it’s important to keep in mind functionality. The usefulness of the outdoor kitchen must extend to at least three seasons of the year. The kitchen should include everything you need to whip up a meal and other features, such as a fan or heated source, which will keep everyone comfortable, too. Plenty of counter space for food prep, electrical outlets, space for a television (to take in that big game) and a top-of-the-line grill are other must-haves.

Add a deck

Any time you can expand your home’s living space, you’re doing something right. A beautifully stained deck with multiple levels or tiers enhances the outdoor environment in an exciting and functional way. A deck is like a magnet and will welcome everyone to pull up a chair and enjoy the views.

Check with your city or county about building ordinances before taking on this project. And work with a reputable company to ensure the deck is built safely and with high-quality materials.

Screen it up

Buzzing mosquitoes and other nighttime bugs can put a damper on any evening, forcing you and your family inside. Put an end to this injustice with a screened-in porch.

This project doesn’t have to be more elaborate than a simple wrap-around screen. The ROI for a screened-in porch is tough to gauge, but it will definitely be money well spent and make things a whole lot less itchy.

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