7 Reasons To Improve Your Outdoor Space With a Deck or Patio
1. Greater connection to the outdoors
Decks and patios make it easier to do more living outdoors. Hosting family meals, having guests over, and celebrating major life moments outside are much easier when you have a comfortable, low-maintenance deck or patio.
According to the American Psychological Association, “Spending time in nature is linked to both cognitive benefits and improvements in mood, mental health and emotional well-being.”
It’s not hard to imagine why. Between sipping coffee to the sound of nearby birds and catching up with old friends as a lake breeze rolls in, being outside in Northern Minnesota is hard to beat.
2. Increased home value
According to a report from Rocket Mortgage, an attached outdoor living space adds almost $20,000 in perceived home value. That means that as you’re enjoying your new deck or patio, you’re also setting yourself up down the road if and when you decide to sell your home.
A well-designed outdoor area can showcase even more space for living to potential buyers and get them thinking about what’s possible.
3. Higher return on your building investment
An article by Fortune Builders showed that a deck or patio addition boasts an average 90% return on investment (ROI) rate. That means that even though you’re spending money to build (hopefully a long-lasting, high-quality) deck, you’re able to recoup that cost when you sell.
Because of the perceived value we mentioned, you might be able to list your house at a higher price after investing in your outdoor space. If you’re hoping to make house improvements to increase your home’s value for other reasons, a deck or patio can help there, too.
4. More living and entertaining space
Sometimes you just run out of living space but love your house and would never consider moving. Building an addition on your house can be a costly and time-intensive project. On the other hand, building an outdoor space can give you more room to spread out without the high price tag of putting an addition on your home.
Patios and decks, in particular, can range in size and sophistication, meaning you don’t need a giant budget to create a livable, comfortable outdoor space and add more room.
5. Improved look and curb appeal
The right outdoor space can look magical. Picture your new deck or patio with twinkling string lights, comfortable seating, and potted plants. That can make a powerful first impression on your guests (and potential buyers).
6. Reduced landscaping and maintenance needs
With more space designed and built, there’s less for you to maintain: less mowing, landscaping, and green space maintenance. In its place, you’ve added wood or maintenance-free materials that provide a solid foundation for play, relaxation, entertainment, and more.
7. Better site drainage and longevity
Any builder should consider drainage and your unique site when adding a deck or patio. When you choose the DIY route, it’s harder to know where exactly to build and what materials you’ll need to keep your deck or patio in tip-top shape.
At J&RS, we always build with structural integrity and longevity in mind. We even have a special concrete process designed for Minnesota’s climate.
Make this your best summer yet
With all of these benefits of a deck or patio, you might be wondering if now is the time to start building. If improving your outdoor space has been on your mind, heading into summer is often the best time to tackle outdoor projects, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
If you want to learn more about the quality of our builds, what goes into the process, or to get a quote, send us a message. We can’t wait to hear from you.