Equitable property improvements return value in 2 ways: financial and life use.

Property value to financial gain

Real Estate professionals will tell you that items that have general inherent function add value to property. Well designed kitchens, hide-away dens,  master bedrooms  with views, verandas; all these “rooms” add social value (and economic worth)  to almost all visitors to that home. Spas, tennis courts, pantries, finished basements, large gardens, and, to a lesser extent, swimming pools, are subjective improvements that appeal to less than 1/2 the visitors/prospective buyers, of a home.

The Secret of Inclusive Design

What if you turned the swimming pool to an outdoor room? When there is desire to go outside to a clean, easy-to-access patio, that has privacy, amenities, and  happens to have a swimming pool,  the value belongs to the home, not an extension, Because the pool is not “stand-alone”, it flows with the house. Swimming Pools have come a long way from the days of sitting in the middle of the back yard with a fence encircling them!

Many other outdoor improvements can be made to serve as an extension of the inside of a house: a deck or especially, a veranda; a patio attached to the house, a pergola with a patio underneath, an entry to the house that serves a dual purpose that happens to lead to the rear yard, small fenced in front garden area (Cape Cod Garden!) that limits garden maintenance to this small defined area. All these “outdoor spaces” add a limited shape and size to the “room”. By defining the room/spaces limits, you apply scale. Easy accessibility creates functional use.

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