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Outdoor Living Upgrades Add Value to Your Home

Whether you love to entertain or wind down from a long day on the patio, your outdoor living space can be one of the best places in your home. Did you know that outdoor living improvements to your home are among the top remodel projects in Texas for return on your investment? In Dallas, the addition of a wood deck has an average ROI of 116%, according to the Texas Association of Realtors. That's right - improving your outdoor space can add value to your home! Here are a few tips for successful outdoor living upgrades:

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1. Create shade.

First things first - if you're going to enjoy time on the patio you need some shade and moving air. Adding a pergola, curtains or hanging shades, complemented with some well placed fans and a cool mist system will make your patio an outdoor oasis.

2. Choose your materials wisely.

If you're building a deck, make sure you get expert advice on your material choices, taking into account the extreme weather we experience in Texas. You may want to consider composites for greater longevity.

3. Add a fireplace.

OK, it's Texas, and fire weather doesn't last long, but campfires are fun all year, and while it lasts, you'll be so glad you did! Outdoor fireplaces are also among the most in-demand features for future buyers.

4. Bring the indoors out.

Gone are the days of ugly plastic deck chairs! There are so many more options for patio furniture than ever before. Check out design options for rugs, couches, pillows and curtains for a beautifully designed outdoor space.

5. Set the mood with lighting.

Great outdoor lighting can make the most of all your hard work on your landscaping and decor. Well-placed candles, torches, LED lights, string lights, lamps or chandeliers create an elegant, welcoming atmosphere.

6. Add a kitchen.

Another high-demand feature for home buyers in North Texas is an outdoor kitchen. Give that fancy grill a real home with a small refrigerator or cooler, running water and prep space.

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