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Top 6 Exterior Home Remodels with Best ROI, Plus Costs Fall 2017

Fall is just around the corner, and although the beach season may be almost over, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors, especially if you happen to have a nice backyard! 😉 That being said, here are the top six exterior home improvements to spruce up your home and your backyard:

1. Outdoor Kitchen

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If you happen to live in a house with a nice backyard that gets plenty of sunshine, and you are the type of person who loves to entertain your guests and family outdoors, then investing in an outdoor kitchen can be a great way to make your home not only more valuable, but also more enjoyable. 😉

Cost-wise, an outdoor kitchen can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 for a fairly basic set-up, and between $50,000 and $100,000 for a more luxurious outdoor kitchen. On a per square foot basis, costs tend to run anywhere from $25 to $70 per sq. ft. depending on the choice of materials, the complexity of your design, and home’s geographic location.

ROI: If the upgrade you chose is appropriate for your area, and won’t price your home out of the market, then you can expect an ROI of up to 100% or more depending on the extent of work you had done and how suitable it’s for your particular house. To get the most bang for your buck, consider selling the home with an outdoor kitchen in the summer!

2. Deck

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A deck can make a major difference in terms of curb appeal and enjoyment value for your home.

Cost-wise: a typical deck will range in price from $5,000 to $15,000 depending on the complexity of the design and the type of materials used. For DIY enthusiasts, a basic deck can be built for around $2,500. Average cost per square foot: $50 – $150, depending on the materials used, complexity of your design, and your home’s location.

ROI: Aside from a 100%+ return on enjoyment value and popularity with your friends and family, you can expect a return on investment of 80% to 100%, if you choose the right materials and appropriate design.

3. Pergola

Oh would it not be great to extend your home outdoors? That’s right, outdoors, where you can enjoy a bit of sun and fresh air, while also having a sense of shelter? That’s what a Pergola is! — An outdoor structure designed to shelter you from the sun. There is not a better way to make your enjoyment of the backyard more stylish and fun. A pergola can be combined with a deck, or placed tastefully on your patio, with patio furniture right under the pergola. Pergolas can also be placed around outdoor kitchens.

Cost-wise: You can have a pergola professionally built for $3,000 to $5,000, depending on the complexity of your design. For DIY enthusiasts, a classy pergola can be built for around $1,000.

ROI: Like many other smaller outdoor home improvements, a pergola can have an ROI exceeding 100%, not too mention the enjoyment factor that a homeowner will derive from having a pergola in their property. 😉

The bottom line is that if your pergola is tastefully integrated with the rest of the features on your property, then you can easily recoup the cost of your investment. 😉

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Off the Grid Home Ideas – Power Generation Ideas and their Costs

Now this is one that many people have dreamed about and probably rumored about 25 years ago: Off The Grid Homes. Are you familiar with such an idea? What this is is a home that is completely independent of all and any electric utilities. Ponder that, no utility bills – are you gasping? I mean, in a world driven by so much technology, I am sure you are wondering how is this possible, right? In an “off the grid” home, the individuals and the house must produce the energy that is going to power the products without utilizing cords, cables – essentially electricity. The primary areas of “concern” are normally the space heating, water heating and other forms of heat such as: washing, drying and other sorts.

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Now with that being said, there are numerous methods one can embark upon if they desire to choose this route. These ideas range from: solar power, wind and water. To be truthful, if you’re planning on making such a drastic change in your life as an off-the grid home, you should consider how much sun, rain and wind you often get – this is a common question any contractor will ask you. From living with electricity 24/7 to having to use natural means to produce energy, you may run into some challenges if you are not prepared. Now with this all in mind, let’s keep in mind that the products needed to own an off-the grid home are going to be quite pricey – as the technology for such caliber housing is advancing and is of the most advancement in house technology.

Solar Power:

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If utilizing the solar power outlet, on average, a 24-volt system with backup generator can cost roughly $30,000-40,000 depending upon the quality and installment. I am sure you are familiar with PV solar power products as well – have you heard of crystalline solar panels or BIPV (building integrated photovoltaics) solar shingles before? Have you ever heard of solar-powered lights? It’s a thing ya’ll!

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If you happen to have a flat roof, solar panels can be angled on a flat surface to attain the optimum angle for the sun. A PVC flat roofing membrane can be an ideal choice in terms of durability and longevity for mounting solar panels on a flat roof.

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