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One of the best ways to civilize your yard is to add a patio. Whether you snug it against the house or hide it in the back reaches of your yard, you’ll soon be escaping to the great outdoors at every possible chance. As a bonus, you’ll find that a patio enriches life within your home as well. The new inside-looking-out views of a nearby sanctuary will visually expand crowded indoor rooms, as well as help assuage fits of cabin fever by stirring memories of many pleasant moments spent outside.

Build the perfect patio and your summers will be filled with breezy afternoons, outdoor suppers and gentle evenings with children chasing fireflies while adults relax and watch.

The ideal patio is visible indoors from the doorway and windows, quietly inviting you to go outside. It is easily reached from the kitchen and family room that it becomes an extension of both. It has enough privacy and comfortable practical furniture to make it as cozy as the den. Yet it also has space for a breath of fresh air and for entertaining a crowd with flair.

2013 Cost vs. Value Report

Selected 2013 Cost vs. Value Report Statistics - Average Nationwide Return on Investment:

  • Deck addition – 77.3%
  • Major kitchen remodel – 59.7%
  • Bathroom remodel – 58.3%
  • New roof – 56.7%
  • Basement Remodel – 70.3%

Source: 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2013).