Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Living Adds Value

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated May 21, 2013 5:17 PM

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Summer’s here, and it’s a great time to expand your living space—and your home’s value—by making the most of the great outdoors!

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Listen to BOB VILA ON OUTDOOR LIVING, or read text below:

Nothing beats the farmer’s porch as an old-fashioned, gracious way to greet neighbors and provide shade on the front of the house, and a covered porch can do a lot for a home’s style. But these days the trend is toward more private backyard hangouts:  patios, pergolas, decks and cabanas are all great do-it-yourself projects that show big returns on your investment when it comes time to sell.

Add some landscape lighting and you’ve got a great place to hang out at night as well.

Privacy fencing is also well worth the effort and expense, transforming the landscape by limiting the view, both in and out.

Even if all you build is a bench among the flower beds, providing a place to linger outdoors helps you make the most of your home while the weather’s fine!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. Today, it’s all about Outdoor Living.

For more on outdoor living, consider:

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Outdoor Lighting: 12 Products to Light Your Way
Creating Privacy Through Landscaping