Combine the value that new outdoor living projects retain with the enjoyment that families receive and a new backyard project becomes a very attractive investments.
The 2009 – 2010 Cost vs Value Report by Remodeling Magazine is out. Again Decks have held strong when considering their return on investment in the Chicago area. Amongst several common home improvement projects wooden deck additions ranked 3rd highest with an 80.6% return. This is based upon an average deck price of $10,675 in 2009 dollars. Composite decks also offer a strong return but do not hold up quite as well, at a 71% return. The difference is due to the higher initial cost for the project at an average of $15,619. Check out the full report at Remodeling Magazine. Combine the value that new outdoor living projects retain with the enjoyment that families receive and a new backyard project becomes a very attractive investments.
Outdoor design begins with understanding what you want to do. A great place to start this process is by identifying what furniture groups you plan to use. Form should always follow function!
Creating outdoor living spaces requires outdoor design. Obviously outdoor furniture will be a central element to enjoy the spaces with your family and friends. The outdoor furniture you plan to use is a great starting point for planning your outdoor living space(s). Knowing what type of furniture and activities you plan on using will drive the new spaces design. Obviously it will affect size but also shapes and transitions. Form should always follow function.
When we begin the design process for a screen room, paver patio, deck or any of our projects we start by asking about use. I like to understand what rooms they wish to have in the new outdoor spaces. Most want an area to dine and to cook, some want a family room, many want a space for a fire pit or fireplace, some want spaces for hot tubs, and many have other ideas for outdoor spaces. Often getting this conversation started is difficult. Most people have not thought about their backyard in this way. Asking about the outdoor furniture that they plan to use gets the conversation started. Most home owners want to include a grill and a table for dinning. Beyond these two staples each home owner adds those elements that create their unique outdoor space.
The base for creating outdoor design always flows from the functional needs. Once we know the basic spaces that the homeowner wants to have we begin blocking out the project. When we apply the aesthetic tastes of the client the design takes a more exact shape and form.