A custom outdoor patio can be well worth the investment in many different ways. Not only will it pay off to you while you live in the house, but it will also pay off during the selling process. In fact, if you are looking for a way to increase the value of your home, building a patio is one of the highest recommended options. Patios have been ranked as one of the top ten features buyers are looking for when shopping for a new house. In addition, over half of buyers said that they would be willing to pay a premium price on a house that includes a patio.

If that alone is not enough to convince you that a custom outdoor patio is worth the investment, we’ve done our research to help convince you more easily of this.

Making it Worth It: The Benefits of a Patio

Understanding that a patio could increase the value of your home is not the same as it being a worthwhile investment, so let’s break down the two major benefits that a patio provides, which together add up to a greater value than the cost of building it.

1. Encouragement of the outdoors

 Having a patio makes a great excuse to spend more time outside. Spending more time like this outside is good for mental health and overall wellbeing. It can improve your mood and improve your life drastically. Spending your morning drinking coffee and reading the newspaper outside could be one way to utilise the space. You could also take a book outside to the patio in the evenings. Having a relaxing covered outdoor space could also mean you parents can spend time watching your children play in the backyard instead of having them glued to a video game or smartphone in the after-school afternoons.

Building a custom patio with a covering will also encourage time spent outdoors when otherwise the weather would not permit it. Sitting outside listening to the rain can be quite relaxing, but that’s not possible to do whilst remaining dry without a covered patio. A covered patio means you don’t have to call off your barbecue dinner party when there’s a drizzle going on. It also means you have a relaxing and safe space to breathe in fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your own home.

2. Both leisure and entertainment space

Whatever your life looks like, there will be an important use for your custom-built patio. For example, if you have a stressful job and find that you are somehow always busy or on the go, decompressing might be an important component of your life off the clock. If you are struggling to find the right way or space to decompress fully, perhaps an outdoor patio could be that for you. On the other hand, maybe you are a social butterfly who is always planning the next get together for you and your friends. You love groups and parties and want a way to bring the fun times to your house without totally disturbing your home space or overcrowding the kitchen. An outdoor patio could be the happy medium for you: a place for an outdoor barbecue and hot tub to host friends for dinner parties under the night sky. Customising the patio with a beautiful roof will keep you guys dry and protected from any weather, and you won’t have to worry about lack of indoor space.

Make Sure It’s a Valuable Patio

Any old patio might not add value to your home or pay off with benefits in the long run. It’s important while you’re customising the patio that you build one that will pay off and increase what your home has to offer.

If you have a huge yard, a small patio might look dinky. On the other hand, a small yard with a large patio will look silly or congested. The lack of green space it would leave would actually decrease the value of your home. Finding a proportional size for your patio in comparison to the rest of your yard will be the sweet spot of both added value and an enjoyable investment.

Another thing to be careful of if you want a patio that truly is a worthwhile investment is not agreeing to a stand-alone structured patio. You want a covered entry from the house so that access is protected and easy. It should be strategically located in front of a door to the back yard. If you don’t have a door in that position, you might want to consider adding one as well. If you have yard space and a door on the side of your property, you might be tempted just to build out your custom patio on the side. While you might be close and comfortable with your neighbours, any new buyers might not want to be that close. Keep patios for the backyard to ensure longevity of the investment.

The Right Company to Invest In

Most importantly, finding the right company to invest in means you will have builders that will invest in you. They will want the best for your new custom patio and home value. That’s what we at Platinum Outdoors are all about. If you have any questions or are ready to begin your journey to a custom outdoor patio, give us a call.

Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy balmy weather and sunshine all year round. But if you live in Western Australia, you’re spoilt with a wonderful climate that you just can’t get enough of. It’s hardly surprising that homeowners want to make the most of the 300 sunshine filled days in the year by extending their outdoor space with an alfresco patio in Perth. A cleverly designed alfresco patio blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces and can provide an intimate place to chillout in after a tough day’s work, for entertaining or just getting to be closer to nature. But there’s a lot more to outdoor patios than just being an extension of your home.  As one of the leading alfresco builders in Perth, Platinum Outdoors can help identify numerous reasons to get one installed. Below are just six of the best advantages of having a patio.

A place to unwind

After a tiring day at work, there is nothing like coming home to your humble dwelling to unwind and pop your feet up. In a day and age where we are busy rushing around juggling a career, family, and a busy social life, finding time to completely relax is paramount. An outdoor patio can provide the space to give you much needed rest and relaxation, allowing you to enjoy the fresh air and be in nature right on your doorstep. You can even take the design of the outdoor space further by adding a decking where you could practice yoga or even meditate.

All season outdoor space

Fortunately, the weather in Perth is great for outdoor living for the vast majority of the year. But when the weather is not so favourable – be it due to the harsh blazing sun or the odd bout of rainfall – you can still make use of an alfresco patio with some clever designing. You may want to consider how you can introduce shade into the outdoor design to create a sheltered space.  Design ideas could include installing a full plasterboard ceiling if the patio is adjacent to your home. You may even want to take the outdoor patio spirit to another level by growing vines or creepers to provide shade for future years. By making these small design decisions, you can ensure the patio area will be in use all year round.

An entertainment area

A great advantage of installing a patio to your dwelling is that it provides a great place to entertain. This is particularly useful for homeowners who have smaller houses. A well-designed outdoor living area in Perth can help make that barbecue, a family or friend’s get-together, or a social gathering with your friends far more enjoyable. It can be argued that the entertainment factor of an alfresco patio is one of the top reasons as to why people consider having them installed in the first place. And you can make that place as swanky as you want depending on your budget. As Perth’s premier outdoor living and Alfresco builder, Platinum Outdoors can incorporate your timber or steel frame patio with lighting, a ceiling, specialised floor coverings, and even an outdoor kitchen. In addition to an outdoor patio, they can even have timber decking installed in your garden to make the most of the outdoors. A well-designed and well-built deck will provide you with the perfect place to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors.

Add value to your home

Entertainment aside, installing a well-designed alfresco patio area will no doubt boost the value of your home. Depending on the current value of your property, adding a patio can considerably boost the valuation of your home by a good few thousand dollars. Estate agents are often heard saying that when people are considering buying or renting a home, the exclusion or inclusion of an entertainment area like an outdoor patio can seriously make or break the sale.

Encourage wellbeing

Installing an outdoor patio can have a huge impact on your physical and mental well-being. There’s ample research to reveal nature can reduce our stress levels as well as reduce anger and fear. Being in nature or even viewing scenes of nature will help increase pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only helps with emotional health but physical as well. It contributes by reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.  Luckily as humans, most choose a natural setting to retreat to when stressed. Therefore, a pleasing environment like a good outdoor patio on your own doorstep can do wonders for your general health all round.

Covered patios protect you and your furniture

With a covered outdoor patio, you don’t have to worry about the harsh Perth sun fading and warping your furniture or the prospect of rain ruining those pumped up cushions. Besides it will save a lot of time scrambling around to put away the furniture each time it rains or the weather turns. Another benefit of a covered patio is that it provides vital protection from heat and UV rays. Unlike a traditional pergola, which lacks an awning, a covered patio will protect you from the sun and keep you a lot cooler.

If you’re thinking about building an outdoor space, Platinum Outdoors would love to hear from you. As one of the leading alfresco builders in Perth, they have extensive experience in building beautiful patios and can provide you with the expertise and friendly support you need to create a truly fantastic outdoor area. Get in touch with them today for a no-obligation chat about your project and find out more about your options. They can be contacted via phone on 0402 144 093 or email by contacting kyle@platinumoutdoors.com.au