Its just another "Great Room", but many buyers and sellers are finding that if you have one done right the buyer will pay for it and the seller normally reaps two rewards, that of the use and gets his money back.
It seems to be one of the latest trends, and now with gas prices going up more and more people are staying close to home or at home.
Many people are designing their backyards with the same approach as they would a room inside their home.
Decisions, decisions, do you use, concrete, wood decking, pavers, grass, flagstone, tile, what style, country, kid friendly, rustic, traditional, formal, contemporary, nature?
Now that the floor has been decided on what about the ceiling, do you cover it completely, use pergolas, awnings or just mother natures tree shading?
Determine how you are going to the use this "room", to help you make your decisions. Do you need a full kitchen or just a grill, do you entertain alot, do you entertain your family and friends formally or casual?
Will you use this area when the temperatures are cool, do you need an outdoor fireplace or fire pit?
How about seating do you need (what) several sitting areas so people can break up into small groups or do you want everyone together? What type of seating? Sofas, ottomans, coffee tables, or relaxing chaises, today there are so many great fabrics that are made for the outdoors and are more weather-resistant.
And last, what about the water, do have or are you going to add, a pool, spa, waterfalls, ponds?
Just remember to put yourself, your personality into your apace so that you will enjoy it for years to come.
All these decisions are just too much for me right now, I think I'll have some ice tea and sit in my plastic lawn chair with my feet in the kiddie pool and ponder, what should I do?
Doris Freeman -