Don’t miss this fantastic ranch home at 7404 Thistledown Dr featuring a brand new kitchen with Kitchen Aid appliances, extra cabinet & counter top space, under cabinet lighting, soft close hardware, double oven & more. Open floor plan with living room surround sound, main floor master & separate formal dining space/office. Large basement rec space & fantastic 8 chair theater room, perfect for entertaining. With one of the largest lots in the area and a beautiful deck, this home has it all! Contact Jacqueline Feil for your private showing at 970-402-7509 for more information or click the link below for more details.
This beautiful open concept home at 1125 N 2nd St on two lots features spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, separate study, rec room, flex space and lots of indoor and outdoor storage. Fenced-in backyard features mature landscape, enclosed gardening area, North facing deck, West facing covered patio, and basketball court. NO HOA! Contact Suzi Espinoza for your private showing at 970-652-1394 for more information or click the link below for more details.
A delightfully warm spring in many parts of the Western U.S. has many folks brushing off their summer clothing early. While this is exciting for all who love the outdoors, public spaces like parks and beaches may be overcrowded. What better time, then, to focus on ways to maximize the space you have in your own home. There’s no one ideal way to design or set up your deck, but we’ve put together a few of our favorite ideas to help inspire your next redesign.
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- Especially if your square footage is limited, tiering your deck into multiple levels is a great way to incorporate extra outdoor space into your home.
- By separating your deck into multiple levels, even slightly, you can create a cozy sense of separation between spaces.
- Give yourself options for privacy. Depending on your property, the base level of your deck may be below your fence-line. If you have a view you’d like to enjoy with your barbecue, consider a second tier.
- A simple way to save space and hassle is to build in your seating spaces during your deck’s construction.
- It’s important to consider what you will predominantly be doing on your deck. Lounging while reading? A corner bench is a great fit and can be outfitted comfortably. Potlucks and cookouts? Consider higher benches or fences with wide tops for easy plate placement.
- Consider your environment. If your deck will weather rain, sand, or wind consistently, don’t write off surfaces like brick and concrete, which can be framed as appealingly as wood or other stone.
- As the sun fades, your deck’s utility can shine or fade with it. Including discreet lighting within the construction of your deck is a small step that can pay huge dividends.
- Increasingly popular low-voltage systems have made a well-lit backyard and deck drastically more affordable.
- Depending on your location, solar powered lighting is a worthwhile investment that can help accentuate your stairs, fences, and other outdoor decorations.
This beautiful home in Fort Collins at 1309 Saint Croix Pl features an open ﬂoor plan with vaulted ceilings and a large kitchen. You’ll ﬁnd hardwood ﬂoors, a gas ﬁreplace and the study with french doors to be a classy touch. The 5-piece bath accentuates the spacious master suite. Sprawling backyard and deck for relaxing and entertaining. Not to mention plenty of storage space. Call Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 or click the link below for more details.
Featuring 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And A Finished Basement!
Just Listed and Under Contract in 24 hours! Unique opportunity in a quiet mid-town neighborhood. Great ranch for sweat equity/ regular investor in sought-after Indian Hills neighborhood. Beautiful lot with huge potential, great bones but needs updates throughout. Furnace replaced in 2015, roof in approximately 2012. Main floor includes: dining room with a backyard view, living room, family room with a gas fireplace, master bedroom/bath + 2 bedrooms and a utility room. Basement includes: 2 non-conforming bedrooms, large rec room, 3/4 bath and shop. Large backyard trees provide summer shade. Will sell quick!
Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom And Incredible Views!
More than 80 percent of Americans say they want an outdoor living space where they can relax and entertain. And it’s no wonder why. Outdoor spaces extend your livable space, add visual interest, and increase not only your quality of life, but also the overall value of your home. (In some cases, the increase in your home’s value can cover most or all of the cost to create the new space.) Here are some options to consider:
Decks are still the most popular outdoor living spaces, not only because they work so well for entertaining and relaxing, but also because they have the highest return on investment (see the Tips column for data).
Surprisingly, wood decks (made of cedar or pine) are actually the better financial investment, because building with Trex or other popular composite products costs considerably more, yet doesn’t increase the home’s value by as much.
Expanding and reconfiguring your current deck is another option that’s popular today. The contractor will typically remove the old face boards, extend the underlying structure, and then put down the new decking. This is also an opportunity to add built-in furniture, privacy screens, even plumbing and electricity.
Running a close second to decks – in both popularity and investment return – are patios. With a patio, you can relax and entertain at ground level, which can afford more privacy in urban areas, and allows you to be more engaged with the surrounding plants and landscaping.
Typically made of brick, concrete, or stone, a patio also comes with far fewer maintenance and repair issues than a deck. Plus, patios are generally easier and less disruptive to construct – which is why they’re often about 30 percent less expensive to have professionally built.
For those who want even more privacy, as well as shelter from the sun and protection from mosquitoes and other pests, there’s the gazebo. Available with walls or as an open-air design, with screening or not, these modestly sized, affordable backyard structures can be built from scratch or purchased as a kit (for assembly by a do-it-yourselfer or a professional).
Popular in the Midwest for decades, gazebos have made their way west as homeowners here have discovered how nice and easy they are for creating a shaded spot for reading, relaxing, and backyard gatherings.
People tend to gather naturally in the kitchen. And when the kitchen is outdoors, it creates an ideal opportunity to mix, mingle and interact in the open air. Other reasons why cooking outdoors makes so much sense: less kitchen cleanup, the house stays cooler during the summer, and grilled food just tastes better.
Some may think an outdoor kitchen is only for cooks who host large parties, but homeowners who go this route say they’re more of an extension of the home, and great for daily use.
Designs for outdoor kitchens range from the simple (a grill, limited counter and cabinet space, and maybe a prep sink) to truly independent entities with a refrigerator, an elaborate grill, warming oven, freestanding island with storage space, rolling cart stations, and even a dishwasher. Depending on how elaborate your design, you may be able to list it as a second kitchen when selling your house.
SIX PLANNING SUGGESTIONS
- Before meeting with contractors, gather photos of designs and ideas that you like; this will make it much easier to communicate your ideas.
- Make sure the materials you plan to use, as well as the overall size of the structure, will be harmonious with your home’s current look and feel.
- Give serious consideration to a roof – which will likely add significantly to the cost, but will also provide much-needed shade on hot days and protection from rain and inclement weather. In fact, to ensure things are structurally sound and architecturally appealing, start with the design for the roof first, then set your sights on the roof supports and structure below.
- Incorporate lighting into your design, which will extend its usability into the evening and throughout the seasons.
- Consider convenience, comfort, and longevity when choosing materials. For example, a floor made of dirt or stepping stones may last forever, but one made of wood or concrete is much easier to clean and arrange furniture upon.
If you’re eager to live a healthier lifestyle and reconnect with family and friends, as most people are today, it’s time to consider an outdoor living space.
Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms And A Heated Garage!
Broomfield Heights 3 bed / 2 bath ranch with remodeled kitchen and baths. Wheelchair accessible home with tile and hardwoods throughout. Granite counters, SS appliances and gorgeous maple cabinetry. Tinker in the garage all winter with radiant-heated slab and rear driveway; no shoveling! Peaceful backyard setting with deck and great landscaping. Feels like custom home with designer touches, soffit ceilings, art niches, built-in bookshelves and much more! New roof/gutters to be installed before closing!
Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Master Suites And A Large Deck!
Adorable 2-Story with 3 beds/3 baths and an open floor plan. Relax in the luxurious master suite in the basement (garden level windows bring in lots of light) which includes 3 walk-in closets, jetted tub, shower with 2 heads and shelves for added storage space. The master bedroom upstairs can be used for guests or a roommate. Enjoy the covered front porch or sit on the newly finished deck, overlooking the huge fenced yard with a water feature and great landscaping. Better-than-new and great price!
Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms And A Stunning Kitchen With Quartz Counters
Totally remodeled 3-bedroom home with new kitchen, bathrooms and flooring. Upgraded soft-close maple cabinetry and quartz counters throughout. Wood floors in the kitchen, dining and family rooms. Master bedroom with his and her closets including organization systems. Master bath has double vanity. Gas fireplace, newer skylights and a finished, insulated over-sized 2-car garage with built-in cabinets. Includes clubhouse, hot tub, pickleball courts, monthly calendar of group activities and fun events. 55+ community.