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Which Adds More Value to Your Home: A Pool or Spa?

30 April 2018
Kevin Hartley

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Owning a home is usually the single most significant investment people make. It is essential to improve and add appealing extras to the house over the course of ownership. So, how do you add value to your home? Updating the kitchen and bathroom after a period is essential, but what about the daily living value of your outdoor space? Which adds more value to your home a pool or a spa? These are crucial questions to consider.

Water in the Outdoor Living Space Adds Value

Deciding between a pool and spa might be as simple as your family dynamic. Do you have young children? Teenagers? Or adults in your household? Who lives in the home might be the deciding factor. Although the built-in pool or spa does not add the same kind of value as an updated kitchen and bathroom, both are highly desirable, especially in mild climates.A pool or hot tub gives value to homesbecause they double as a water feature and entertainment. If you get a hot tub, however, you will have this valuable attribute without the construction costs. Additionally, the hot tub can be placed on an existing patio or built into a gazebo structure.

The ascetic value of outdoor living spaces adds value to the home and quality of life. Many homeowners design around the hot tub incorporating it into the space. It can become an isolated space cloaked in privacy with green screens, or the soaking area can be the focal point of the yard with complementary features.

Designing with Paving Blocks

Creating outdoor space adds square footage to the living area. Using paving blocks rather than a cement patio not only saves tax dollars with the County Assessor but introduces a unique pattern through hardscape design. Changing the paving blocks used in one space from another creates the feel of rooms. These defined rooms help eliminate the solid cement yard with the same clean effect. It also allows separate areas for kids or conversation groups when entertaining. Softening the hard elements with scrubs and colorful flowers adds character to the soaking area.

Responsible Greenery and Color Spots

Many have moved away from traditional lawns by adding raised beds and planters. This type of design works beautifully around your hot tub and throughout the yard. The planters reduce water consumption and add dimension to the outdoor entertainment area. Additionally, the time-saved value of life is created by eliminating weekly mowing maintenance.

Regardless of space size, get a hot tub for your yard or patio, and it willtransform the value of your home's appealand living space. Increasing the appeal is an excellent way to protect your investment.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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