Design a Deck
Interested in dining al fresco? There is perhaps no better way to merge indoors with outdoors than to build a deck off the side of a home. It's also a great way to increase your home's value. Adding a deck is one of the top five ways to stretch remodeling dollars, with most homeowners recouping about 70 percent of the cost of the deck in their resale value [source: Remodeling Magazine].
Fowler notes that adding a deck is particularly important for smaller homes with interiors that can seem cramped or dark, such as row homes and townhouses. Deck additions are also a great way to add natural light to a home since they are generally connected to the house by glass doors.
"We do lots of decks that have large French, sliding, or folding doors," he says. "They can really brighten up a home."
One of the most important considerations when building a deck is maintenance – most homeowners would prefer to keep this to a minimum. To keep your deck structurally sound and looking good over the years, choose a higher end building material such as Brazilian hardwood. You could also go with a wood alternative such as composite decking, which may last longer than wood [source: Donaldson].
For homes in warm weather areas, having a deck is essential in terms of your home's value. This is particularly true if most of the homes in your neighborhood offer an outdoor living space. If so, buyers in the area will come to expect it.