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Chris Breen

Chris Breen, Principal Owner of Legacy Decks and Outdoor Living and has been serving families in Upstate South Carolina since 2005.

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Are you looking for ideas to improve your backyard and make it a more attractive place? In this blog post, we will discuss 8 types of backyard improvements that stand the test of time and add value to your home.

Whether you’re looking to create a long-lasting outdoor oasis or simply want to know which backyard makeover projects can add value, read on for inspiration!

Aluminum Pergolas

A pergola is a great addition to any backyard. Not only do aluminum pergolas provide a secluded space for relaxation, but they also add value.

Wood pergolas don’t offer the same level of durability and can quickly lose their curb appeal. They are more susceptible to damage from weather and insects, so they don’t last as long.

Aluminum pergolas are durable and made with a powder coating that resists pitting and rusting, which basically means that they are built to last for generations. This makes aluminum pergolas a great choice for those looking to add value in the long term.

Backyard improvement with aluminum pergola with furniture

You can add LED lights to your pergola to make it pop and change the atmosphere at night. This will really make it stand out and add some extra curb appeal.


That’s right – patios. Patios are made with materials like concrete, stone, brick, or pavers. They are durable and long-lasting, which is really important when you’re trying to add value.

Well-built patios can add a “wow” factor to almost any home. You’ll sell your home much quicker and easier if it’s equipped with a gorgeous patio.

If you want to add more value, create a one-of-a-kind space by using unique materials or patterns. For example, choosing beautiful pavers will help make your paver patio stand out. Your patio must also be designed cleverly to improve your day-to-day life, as it won’t add any value if it gets in the way.

Things that can kill the value of your patio:

  • Not designed cleverly for improved living conditions.
  • Boring and basic design that doesn’t dazzle guests
  • Drainage or installation problems
  • Bad materials that wear down quickly
  • Mistakes in construction. Ex, when the ratio of patio vs backyard space is not appropriate for your property.
  • Neglects the details. The little things like the border, edging, and lighting. These details can really make or break your outdoor living space.

Paver Walkaways

Paver walkways are a great way to add value to your home. Not only are they functional, but they can also be quite beautiful. You can select from many types of pavers to create a one-of-a-kind walkway that really adds character and personality to your space.

When it comes to adding value, it’s all about the details. Pavers that compliment your home’s style and color scheme create a sensation that no buyer can resist. They come in many colors, shapes, and sizes – so you should be able to find beautiful pavers that complement your home.

Composite Decks

Another great way to add value to your home is by building a deck. Everybody loves decks – they provide a beautiful place to entertain guests or relax in the sun. They can be made from many materials, including wood, composite, or PVC.

If you want your deck to add value to your home, make sure that:

Beautiful composite deck adding to backyard improvement by Legacy Decks

Why do composite decks add more value than wooden decks? Because wood requires more maintenance than man-made materials like composite. Wood splinters, rots, and breaks down more quickly.

If your goal is to add long-term value, a composite deck or a PVC deck is the way to go.

PVC Decks

A well-designed deck can really add value to your home and improve your outdoor living space. If you pair that with the right materials, your deck will add significant value.

The difference between a PVC deck and a composite deck is that PVC decks are made entirely of man-made materials. Since there’s 0% wood in the decking, the boards can’t rot and last for what feels like forever. They’re resistant to moisture, insect damage, and wear and tear.

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance option that will last even longer than a composite deck, PVC is a strong contender to consider. This new type of decking technology is perfect for creating decks that add value to the property.

Outdoor Kitchens & Cooking Stations

Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular, as they allow you to enjoy the outdoors while cooking and entertaining guests. If you live in an area with nice weather, an outdoor kitchen can give you special moments throughout the year.

outdoor kitchen installed outside by leagcy decks

They are also a great selling point if you ever decide to put your home on the market – potential buyers will love the idea of having an outdoor space for cooking with friends and family.

However, the outdoor kitchen is just one piece of the bigger puzzle. When planning your outdoor cooking area, don’t forget about things like counter space, storage, and seating. It’s not just about adding a kitchen – it’s about creating a complete outdoor living space for the perfect backyard cookout experience.

Plant Some Trees And Add Vegetation

A creative way to add value to your home is to plant some trees. Not only will they provide shade and privacy, but they can also help purify the air and increase your home’s aesthetic appeal. Studies show that planting a tree in front of your house can boost its sales price.

backyard with trees and grass y Legacy Decks

If your backyard looks completely empty, planting some trees can add shade and value. If your backyard already resembles a forest, you probably won’t add any extra value by planting more trees.

Screen Rooms

Screen rooms are a great way to enjoy the outdoors without being bothered by the elements.

  • They provide shade on hot summer days and protection from the rain.
  • They keep the bugs out and give you a break from mosquito bites.
  • They provide a bit of privacy from your nosy neighbors. (Just kidding, we’re sure your neighbors are lovely.)

screened room by the pool adding to backyard improvement by Legaacy Decks

Adding a screen room to your home is a great way to add extra living space and value, especially if an aluminum frame is used.

You will be able to spend more time outdoors in the fall, spring, and even winter months. (In South Carolina, you can use it comfortably throughout most of the year.)

Screen rooms can be built as an expansion to your home or even as a freestanding structure in your yard. If you’re looking for an indoor-outdoor living experience, a screen room is the perfect addition to your home.

Ready to add value to your home?

These eight backyard improvements should give you some ideas if you’re looking to improve your outdoor living space while increasing the value of your property.

Choosing these durable backyard makeover projects will ensure your home markets for higher prices if you ever decide to sell. With a little planning and effort, you can create a backyard space that will be enjoyed for generations.

Which of these backyard makeover ideas do you think would add the most value to your home? Let us know in the comments below!

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