So you have some extra money and plan to use it to make some upgrades around the house. Checking off every single item from your home improvement wish list at once probably isn’t possible so you must prioritize which projects get done first. Look no further than your yard. Upgrading the landscaping in your front and backyards is the perfect home improvement project. Let’s look at why.
Your yard is just downright ugly. Let’s face it, if you have an older home and haven’t paid much attention to your yard or the previous owner neglected the yard it’s probably in pretty rough shape. Imagine pulling into your driveway everyday and instead of seeing old, dying grass, cracking concrete, and outdated hardscape features you were greeted by a bright green synthetic lawn, new planter boxes full of colorful native plants, and attractive interlocking paver walkways and driveway.
Upgrading that ugly front yard will also do wonders for your homes curb appeal. This can increase your home’s value. Landscape economist John Harris says that having good landscaping can add up to 28% to overall home value. And it doesn’t have to be limited to the curb appeal of your front yard. Adding unique hardscape features to your backyard, like an outdoor fireplace or fire pit or a built in barbecue can make your home desirable and bring some added value as well.
Adding those unique features can also make your house a favorite among your family and friends. If you’re someone who loves to entertain, an upgraded outdoor entertainment area is a must. Imagine spending warm summer days grilling and eating outside with your family or cozy-ing up around an outdoor fire pit on crisp fall evenings. Creating an entertainment area outside increases the usable space of your home without the big price tag of a room addition.
You can even use a landscaping project to increase the usable space of your yard. If you have sloped yard, you can use retaining walls and terracing to create more space in your yard. This is space you can use to increase a patio that isn’t big enough to accommodate all the people you entertain or to add attractive flowerbeds or walkways.
The true benefit of upgrading your landscaping is creating a space that is uniquely yours that you can share with loved ones for years to come.
So now that you’re convinced it’s time to upgrade your yard, check out some things to consider when planning your project in the article, “Planning a Hardscape Project: Things to Consider”