Angie's List: Outdoor living spaces

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by Jon Sasser

wfaa.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Whether you live in a tight city space, the suburbs or the country, there's room for expansion.

Outdoor spaces can add to your home's value and create more room for entertaining. But before you make any major changes, have a well-thought-out plan.

Decide if you want hardscape features such as walkways or a retaining wall. From there you can decide on other elements like an outdoor fireplace.

According to the consumer web site Angie's List, contractors say knowing what you want and having a budget in place is important because costs can easily soar.

"They can get pretty extensive from some small jobs you do - decorative patios, maybe a fire pit to full fledged areas that we do a full roof over. We have full blown kitchens, masonry fireplaces, fire pits, they run the whole gamut", says contractor Charlie Watson.

Check to see if there are building regulations in place or if you need a permit. Features like a fire-pit require it be installed 25-feet away from the home.

Outdoor projects can run from a couple of hundred to a few thousand dollars.

Make sure you document everything and work with only certified and licensed pros.

For more information on this and other consumer-related stories, visit www.angieslist.com.

 

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