11 outdoor projects to thrill homeowners

A joint survey by NALP and NAR identifies the projects that consumers are happiest with, and the ones that are most likely to help them sell their homes
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Tie: Fire features and irrigation installation

Joy Score: 10

The report found consumers were highly satisfied with new fire features and irrigation systems. The top reason consumers gave for both projects was to add features and improve livability; 57% of consumers gave this as their top reason for adding a fire feature, compared to 23% who added an irrigation system.

Consumers were almost twice as likely to say they had a greater desire to be home since adding a fire element than an irrigation system, and were more likely to say they enjoyed being at home more now that the project was completed.

However, a new irrigation system has a better return on investment than a fire feature, the report found. Landscape professionals estimated that installing and managing an irrigation system on a 2,835-square foot lawn, with no boring required, would cost $3,500. Realtors estimated the investment would return $3,000 for an ROI of 86%.

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A new fire feature, including dry-stacked natural stone gas-powered fire pits in a flagstone patio, would cost around $6,000, according to NALP’s survey of professionals. Realtors estimated homeowners would recover about $4,000, for a return on investment of 67%.

This article originally appeared in our sister publication, Colorado Patio & Landscape

Danielle Andrus

Editor, Colorado Builder Magazine

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