16 Jun 5 Summer Projects to Improve your Backyard
5 Summer Projects to Improve your Backyard
Easy and effective ways to upgrade your outdoor space
Looking for ways to improve your backyard? When making any home improvements or investing in renovations to your property, you want to ask yourself two important questions: Will I enjoy this upgrade while I live here? Will this project add value to my home?
The answer to these questions should directly impact how much time and money you invest in the project. You want to ensure you are making improvements that will translate into added enjoyment for you and your family, and/or increased resale value.
Here are 5 easy and effective ways you can upgrade your backyard this summer:
- Build (or upgrade) a deck or patio
Buyers are willing to pay top dollar for homes with a finished backyard, and a deck (made of wood or composite) or a patio (made of stone) is an excellent place to start. Not only does it add value, it eliminates the need for grass-cutting and makes it easier to arrange lounge furniture. Be sure to do your research. Check your municipal building requirements, as a building permit may be required for decks above a certain size and height. (Click here for information about applicable City of Ottawa permits) And, be sure to use materials that can withstand extreme weather conditions. Decks and patios generally should not take up the whole backyard, most people will want some green space for kids to play, gardens or for pets.
- Build (or replace) a fence
If your property does not have a fence, consider all the benefits, including privacy, security and resale value. If you do have a fence, you may want to consider replacing it or giving it a facelift. Think about your specific needs and the aesthetic of your backyard, as well as property lines and regulations (i.e. minimum height requirement and locks on fences surrounding a pool, click here for more information on City of Ottawa bylaws). You may be able to split the cost with your neighbours. Have a chat with them before you begin.
- Landscape your property
Professional-grade landscaping is a great way to add value to your home, whether it’s a flower or herb garden, trees or bushes, or a unique rock or water feature like a pond. It can also be a great way to increase privacy from your neighbours using natural elements. When designing your backyard landscaping, consider the ongoing maintenance required, and choose plants and features that do not need more attention than you’re willing to give.
- Add outdoor Lighting
Installing outdoor lights is a great way to add that wow factor to your backyard. Not only does it cast a warm glow over your garden oasis, it will also make more of the space useful after sunset, and it’s safer for any little ones running around outside in the evening. Options like string lighting; path lighting or spotlights; lanterns; or, wall sconces can be relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Alternatively, recessed deck lighting or exterior pot lights along your roof’s overhang will be a bit pricier, but may increase the resale value of your home.
- Regular Maintenance
It is important to build your landscaping around a well maintained lawn. Gardens can be simple, especially if your lawn is well cared for and sets the stage for everything else.
Not sure which updates may appeal to future buyers? We are always happy to assist and answer your questions or discuss the Ottawa market with you. We also have contacts of professionals to assist you.
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