Summer’s here, and so is the uncontrollable urge to soak up the sun and the moon. There’s nothing like a summer night, and if you are lucky enough to have a place to hang, then it’s well worth the investment to improve that experience.
There are many things you can do to your yard to increase the value of your summer nights and of your home. After all, by spending just five percent of the value of your home on landscaping, you can increase the resale value by 15%. Plus, proper landscaping can reduce the need for central air conditioning use by up to 50%.
But one of the best things you can do for your yard isn’t landscaping at all. It’s hardscaping, meaning outdoor walkways and patios. And nestled right in the middle: an outdoor firepit. Check out these reasons why:
Creates a Point of Focus
Have you ever noticed that everyone entering a room is soon staring at the first available screen? Indeed, one of the best things about summer is that there is hardly any reason to look at any screen at all — but it is still nice to create a point of focus for your guests and friends. Firepits are a great place to do that, especially since it helps form a natural circle, conducive to sharing, inclusion, and cooperation.
Cooking and Roasting
Simple additions to your firepit (or just a long stick) can allow you to roast or cook veggies, meats, and marshmallows right over the fire. Consider building a special table with grates right around the firepit, so that your guests can cook their barbecue themselves!
Just like winter camping is bearable because of the campfire, your hours outdoors in your backyard will be extended long into the autumn with a firepit. After all, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the crisp air of the autumn in your own yard. It also helps warm the bones during long winter nights which can also get quite chilly.
About 60% of potential home buyers believe that a well-landscaped yard influences their home buying decisions, including things like firepits! Don’t hesitate to add one to your yard today.