Money magazine asked its readers what outdoor feature they'd most like for their homes. Their responses:
- Pool -- 30%
- Deck -- 28%
- Screened-in porch -- 26%
- Kitchen -- 16%
It's funny to see this question since we're now debating this ourselves (given we have a new home). What do we want most? Not sure yet, but here are some thoughts:
- We considered a pool but feel like the cost and time (many friends who own one say it needs lots of maintenance) aren't worth it. And our kids will be out of the house soon, so it's not really worth it.
- I think we will get a grill (we left our old one in Michigan -- it had seen better days -- 8 years outside in Michigan winters) soon as we love to cook outside.
- We will probably get some nice landscaping, but it has to be low or no maintenance. For this reason I love...rocks. :)
- None of the four items above sounds good to me. We don't want a pool, have a ranch home with a patio (so a deck and screened-in porch seem useless), and I can't imagine a kitchen outside.
How about you? What outside feature would you want (or do you have that you really enjoy) for your home?