How to Add to Your Property’s Value with a Backyard Remodel

The key to unlocking the potential value of your property is by making desirable improvements. A successful backyard remodel will increase the value of your real estate and make it more appealing to potential buyers. If the buyers like what you’ve done, you can be sure that you’ll get a larger offer price.

Photo of a private wooded backyard remodel
If you have a backyard this beautiful, you definitely want to make the most of it. | Photo: Tre Pryor

1. Install a Firepit and Sitting Area

A firepit and a place to sit around it are simple and cost-effective ways to improve your outdoor space. It could be a patio, a deck, or even some nicely framed space for pea gravel. The key is that it’s a welcoming space for you and your guests to unwind after a long day at work.

Looking at the sitting area, concrete (or better yet… stamped concrete) is a popular material for patios. But other materials such as wood or gravel can create a rustic and cozy environment. A patio is a great way to add value to your home as it creates a gathering space that can be used year-round. Therefore, a backyard remodel can increase your living area and give you the opportunity to spend more quality time outdoors.

2. Add Privacy with a Pergola or Arbor

Most people want their outdoor space to have a lot of privacy. And this is exactly what a backyard remodel can do. Consider decorative privacy panels as part of your overall redesign. They can increase privacy and well, spice up your backyard too! 

A pergola or arbor can add an elegant touch to your backyard, giving it added shade and improving the view. A pergola is a wooden structure that can be used for growing vines or plants while an arbor can offer a woodsy and cool retreat.

Today there are many options, including awesome mechanical pergolas that take your backyard to the next level. They may cost more but they make a powerful impression. By installing this type of improvement, you will improve the value of your property and can enjoy using it until the day comes when you decide to sell.

3. Add a Water Feature

A water feature can range from a simple fountain to a massive waterfall. These are great ways to add value to your home. This type of feature can serve as a gathering or space or you can use it to de-stress or beautify your property. The other amazing benefit is that they act as a countermeasure to unwanted sounds such as road noise.

This backyard remodel could be a DIY project or you may need to bring in the professionals. Sometimes that’s the right move depending on your skillset. Take advantage of the Internet to browse water feature ideas and how they could be laid out in your own backyard space.

4. Install an Outdoor Kitchen

If you love to cook, you might want to consider adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard. When designing your outdoor kitchen, make sure to include enough seating and storage in your design.

When planning, consider the materials you want to use. Will you include wood, metal, or stone? You may also want to add a fireplace to the design. Maybe even a pizza oven. From grills to ovens, sinks, and refrigerators, there are outdoor versions of most kitchen appliances. Don’t forget the lighting!


A backyard remodel might be just what your home needs. They can also be wonderful ways to increase the value of your property if you’re smart. Take the time to plan out your renovations and choose the upgrades that will best complement your home’s design. Whether you build a deck, hang string lights, or focus on building a water feature, you can create the perfect outdoor entertaining area—a retreat that you will come to love and treasure over time.

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.