Summer is almost here and that means it’s time for backyard barbecues and gatherings. While you might still have some concerns about social distancing, there are upgrades that you can make to give your space that extra inviting feeling for summer entertainment. Real estate experts are talking about the backyard additions that are hot this summer in a recent report from HomeLight. Those go from full renovations to changes that you can make yourself in a weekend with a trip to the home improvement store — all to welcome your guests.
Add some warmth
One of the most popular upgrades this summer can be one of the easiest to add — a firepit. In fact, more than 75 percent of real estate agents from the experts at HomeLight said this upgrade is in demand in their markets (adding that a firepit with a bench or couch is even hotter). While you can go all out with an inground option, you can also buy a moveable one that can be placed wherever you need it, to be ready for roasting marshmallows and keeping the party going even when the temperature dips.
Let there be light
Along with a firepit, the addition of lighting can take your backyard from a simple yard to a full outdoor entertaining space. You don’t have to spend a fortune on lighting though. String lights can be easily added using a large potted plant to hold a pole for your lights. A privacy fence or hedge can be another source for adding string lights, and of course a lit tree can add some fun and whimsy. Solar stake lights are a string light alternative which can easily be moved around. With more than 54 percent of agents recommending lighting as a top backyard entertainment upgrade, no matter what the style, it’ll be sure to be a welcome addition, especially if you are staging your backyard to sell.
Up the fun factor in your outdoor space by creating an environment for games. You can opt for a dedicated space for games like cornhole, ladder golf, croquet, or just kicking a soccer ball around. Whatever you decide, leaving some extra space for your guests to run around is always a good idea — more than 40 percent of agents said space for games is a hot feature of a backyard.
A backyard barbecue is a no-brainer, but to really take your yard up a notch, you can rethink your outdoor cooking space to transform it into a kitchen. While a full kitchen might not work for every budget, homeowners are making full backyard upgrades that appeal to buyers, as more than 50 percent of agents noted, with sinks, refrigerators, and bars.
Where you go with these ideas is up to your imagination and your budget. If you are starting from scratch, adding comfortable furniture and string lights can be a good beginning to then build an entertaining space that will keep the party going.