It’s what’s inside that counts. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. These oft-repeated quotes are important lessons and universal truths—unless we’re talking about real estate.

In today’s market, the inside of a home is still its most important aspect. The outside, however, is beginning to hold more weight. Outdoor living spaces are a huge draw for potential buyers, as they’re an easy way to maximize entertainment and living spaces. If you want to add value to your home, then putting some work into its outer appearance is a great strategy.

For some people, the idea of investing in the great outdoors might seem counter-intuitive. You don’t necessarily want to shell out the money for an outdoor kitchen or intricate landscaping if you aren’t going to live there long enough to enjoy it. There is, however, one thing you can do that will increase the value of your home, improve your outdoor space, and keep costs down: building a fire pit.

Fire pits are cozy and fun. In the summer, you can roast s’mores over them, while in the winter they can help keep you warm. They liven up any party, invite shared stories (scary and otherwise), and immediately soothe anyone who gazes into their flickering flames. Best of all, they’re an extra touch that could help your home go from “for sale” to “sold.”

If you’d like to add a fire pit to your yard, this project can be completed in the span of a weekend. There are many methods and designs to choose from, so you can ensure the style of the fire pit matches both your skill level and your style.

Check out the following ideas, and choose the one you like best!

  1. Good news! You can purchase a fire pit kit from Lowe’s, and then follow their instructions to create a beautiful fire pit. In this fire pit tutorial, a steel fire bowl surrounded by concrete blocks is a classic design.
  2. If you like the look of brick, this tutorial from the DIY Network is a great choice. The classic design will please any buyer, and the videos will help you complete the project safely and easily.
  3. Small space? No problem! A Beautiful Mess has you covered with this simple design. Modest, self-contained, and no-frills, it’s a great choice for a yard that doesn’t have a lot of lawn.
  4. Thanks to these plans from Popular Mechanics, you can skip the concrete and mortar. Instead, they use masonry to build their pit, which is much more efficient. Use the extra time to build rustic log benches around your fire!
  5. This Old House does it again with clear, step-by-step instructions that practically guarantee fire pit success. Follow their steps and you’ll be roasting marshmallows in no time!

We hope these ideas inspire you to create your own backyard sanctuary, complete with fire pit. For more ideas on how to add value to your house and enjoy all your home has to offer, like us on Facebook. If you’re hoping to buy or sell a home in the near future, contact the agents at Network Real Estate today—we’re happy to help!