With the weather getting warmer in Albuquerque, more families are thinking about how they’re going to spend their time this summer. As social distancing remains a concern, an alternative to leaving home and traveling is to spend that money on improvements to your home that will help you enjoy a “homecation” in your own yard.
Here are 3 ideas for projects that will add fun to your home, as well as improve your property value.
Sitting on a well-built patio is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful weather in Albuquerque. Patios are versatile and can include features such as a fire pit for enjoying quiet evenings under the stars, a grill for enjoying a BBQ feast, or a base for a pool deck.
If you budget allows, you can expand your patio options with a hot tub, pergola, or outdoor kitchen. No matter what features you add, a patio gives you a blank slate to build upon, so you don’t need to add every feature at once. You can start with a basic deck and expand later.
Project cost: Most homeowners spend around $4,000 for a living room-sized patio of 12 x 18 feet made of stamped pavers.
Summertime in Albuquerque can get quite warm, so a pool might be a good investment if you have kids. In-ground pools can be fairly expensive, so you may want to consider an above-ground pool.
You have plenty of options to match your needs and yard size. An inflatable pool is just big enough to cool oof in the summer, or you can go the route of a small in-ground pool, like a plunge pool or an endless pool that will give you the chance to cool off without taking up your whole yard.
Project cost: Above-ground inflatable pools start at $200, while you would pay around $20,000 for a plunge pool and $29,000 for an endless pool.
Basketball or Volleyball Court
If your family loves sports, a sports court may be the way to go. You can use a wide range of materials to create a generic sports court. You can also install hoops for a basketball court, or install a volleyball net. One advantage of a sports court is that you won’t have to worry about a lot of maintenance or landscaping, saving you time in the long run.
Project cost: Installing a full-sized basketball court costs around $30,000. For a more affordable option, you can have a half-court over concrete for $15,000.
These outdoor enhancements will not only increase your home’s value and appearance, but also your enjoyment while being at home. We don’t know what the future holds in regards to pandemics and the need to stay isolated in the future. Investing in your home now will make your family more prepared to enjoy being at home when the need arises.
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