Tips And Techniques, Design, Hardscape, Lawn Care, Outdoor Living

Increase Home Value With These 4 Landscape Elements

Landscape plant installation in Boyne City

Over the last few years, outdoor living spaces have become more and more important in our daily lives. From outdoor dining and recreation to entertaining a crowd or relaxing alone, we’re all looking to spend more time outside. Building a beautiful, functional space not only has benefits as your family enjoys it in the present, but it can also increase your property value in the future. Below, we’ll go over four landscape features your family will love that can also add more value to your property.


When people think of parties and hosting outdoors, they think of patios. A patio creates a natural space for people to gather, and they come with endless design options, making them perfect for any outdoor space. Whether your yard is large or small, whether your style is rustic or modern, there’s a patio that will fit your home—and extend it well beyond the four walls! With a good design and proper construction, patios can last for years to come, improving your family’s quality of life and increasing your home’s value.

Lighting on stone patio late dusk

Fire pits

Fire pits are versatile landscaping elements, creating a central focal and gathering point within a landscape. Like patios, they come with plenty of variety to fit your space and lifestyle. Are you looking for an in-ground or above-ground fire pit? Do you want a traditional wood-burning structure, or would you like something more modern that can be controlled with the click of a button? Choosing the right fire pit will not only give you more opportunities for making life-long memories, it can also bring more value to your home now and in the future.

Fire pit on synthetic turf lawn lakeside

Outdoor kitchens

Nothing says “outdoor living” quite as loudly as an outdoor kitchen. We all love dining outside, but we’re not always a fan of the many trips into and out of the house to cook the meal and carry everything from the kitchen to the table. Outdoor kitchens are endlessly customizable, bringing convenience back into hosting by putting everything you need at your fingertips. From ample counterspace and storage options to grills and cooktops to refrigeration and beverage dispensers, an outdoor kitchen can include nearly anything—even the kitchen sink! When thoughtfully designed and expertly crafted, an outdoor kitchen can enhance your family’s time up north and build value into your home’s future.

Outdoor Kitchen Living Space in Northern Michigan


“Softscaping” is fancy landscaper speak for all of the plants in a landscape, separate from the hardscape features. It plays a vital role in bringing a landscape to life—literally! Plants add color and vibrancy to your outdoor space, as well as habitat for the local wildlife, inviting everyone to enjoy the space. Trees, shrubs, and flowers not only add enjoyment here-and-now, they also increase in value as they continue to grow. However, when adding new trees to your landscape—especially large shade trees—be sure to give them plenty of space away from buildings so that they don’t become a danger in the future. With good planning, a beautiful design, and proper care, softscaping can continue to increase the value of your home well into the future.

Planting tree with stone stairs

Landscaping is a big investment, both in your daily quality of life and in your family’s future. Creating a thoughtfully designed space for your family today can pay off not only in the memories made, but when it comes time to sell your home, it can also help increase your home’s value.

If you’re ready to bring your family’s landscape dreams to life and make an investment in your future, contact our team today to learn what Drost can do for you!