Big bucket items and back­yard dreamy

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Get Dressed -

As the Gen Xers con­tinue to im­prove and in­vest in their homes, lux­ury sport­ing items are again in de­mand. Whether pools, saunas, or ten­nis courts, the 40-50 some­things are spend­ing their money on cre­at­ing out­door es­capes for their houses in­stead of in­vest­ing in sum­mer homes or cot­tages. Un­for­tu­nately, not all lux­ury items in­crease the value of your home. Here are a few of the pit­falls to be aware of and some bet­ter in­vest­ment op­tions.

POOLS

For years, pools have had a stigma sur­round­ing them. Real­tors and home eval­u­a­tion ex­perts preached the idea that a pool in­vest­ment would re­duce the value of your prop­erty. We now know, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors (2015), that while a pool may re­duce the amount of buy­ers in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing your home, they also at­tract a dif­fer­ent buyer who would have oth­er­wise been un­in­ter­ested.

In Canada, when it comes to a swim­ming pool, your home value stays con­stant. Un­for­tu­nately, this means that the en­tire in­vest­ment of the swim­ming pool comes out of

your pocket with no hope of see­ing a re­turn. When de­cid­ing if a pool is right for you, make sure to count the to­tal days in the sum­mer that you can use it; mul­ti­ply this by the length of time you want to be in the home; and di­vide that into the to­tal in­stal­la­tion cost of the pool. You’ll prob­a­bly re­al­ize that it will cost you be­tween $140 and $165 dol­lars for ev­ery day you ac­tu­ally swim.

SAUNAS

A more eco­nom­i­cal so­lu­tion to a swim­ming pool, saunas have con­tin­ued to be in de­mand as a 4-sea­son out­door wa­ter fea­ture. With a mar­ginal re­turn-on-in­vest­ment, hot tubs, Jacuzzi’s and soak­ers are more than just the de­fault for home­own­ers un­will­ing to spend the money on a swim­ming pool. The big­gest com­plaint that sauna-own­ers con­sis­tently make is that af­ter the first year, they use them less and less. The key to use is all about the de­sign of the space. Saunas that are in se­cluded spa­ces in the back with easy ac­cess to an en­try point get used more of­ten. If you want one, plan on some great pri­vacy screens and a way to keep the snow shov­eled in the win­ter.

BAS­KET­BALL AND SPORT COURTS

As an avid ten­nis player, it pains me to say that putting in a ten­nis court just doesn’t make sense for a ma­jor­ity of home­own­ers. Aside from the cost of the in­stal­la­tion and the main­te­nance, very few build­ing lots are re­ally large enough to have a full court with­out look­ing to­tally over­whelmed. If you are among the lucky few with a big prop­erty that can house a court, con­sider go­ing with a multi-pur­pose sport court in­stead of a true ten­nis court. Sport courts com­bine the lines and the equip­ment to play a va­ri­ety of games in­clud­ing bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball, ten­nis and bad­minton. When it comes to at­tract­ing buy­ers, more op­tions are al­ways bet­ter.

PUTTING GREENS

big in the 90’s and early 2000’s, putting greens have de­creased in pop­u­lar­ity with more home­own­ers opt­ing to in­stall ar­ti­fi­cial turf in­stead. Done prop­erly how­ever, a good putting green can re­place the need for a lawn in the back with some­thing that still looks green but ac­tu­ally has a pur­pose. Tech­nol­ogy and de­sign have al­lowed golfers to ad­just the speed of their home greens to match the ones at their golf club so that they get true putting con­sis­tency.

At the end of the day, these types of lux­ury items in the back­yard aren’t re­ally about mak­ing money. They are about cre­at­ing a space that works for your fam­ily. At least now you can check these items off your bucket list while spend­ing the money with the con­fi­dence that you aren’t hurt­ing the value of your home!

The 40-50 some­things are spend­ing their money on cre­at­ing out­door es­capes for their houses in­stead of in­vest­ing in sum­mer homes or cot­tages.

CAR­SON ARTHUR HGTV STAR

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