5 Things to Consider about the Outdoor Space

Learn the steps to finding a home with the perfect outdoor space.

5 Things to Consider about the Outdoor Space


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The outdoor space of your home is often a major consideration when purchasing in Texas, as it can significantly impact your lifestyle and property value. When shopping for that next place to call home, be sure to evaluate the outdoor space just as closely as the inside of the home.

First, consider how much time you plan to spend in the outdoor space. What are the important functions you want it to serve? Do you need a big yard for kids to play? Do you need an elegant patio for outdoor dining? Are you looking for functional or formal? What activities do you envision happening in the space? Gardening? Sports? Barbecues? The possibilities are endless.

Once you’ve decided how you most want to use the space, you can work on finding the perfect match that meets your needs.

Here are 5 of the most important things to consider about your potential outdoor space:

Size and Layout

From maintenance and upkeep to room to roam and play, thedesired size of your outdoor space is a matter of personal preference. Here area few considerations to help you evaluate the size and layout of the outdoor area:

  • Functionality: Consider how you plan to use it, whether for gardening, entertaining, or recreation. Do you need room for a playscape or raised-bed garden? Do you need a trampoline, or do you have plans to put in a pool at some point down the road? Go ahead and pull out your measuring tape and make sure any future plans will work in the space. 
  • Aesthetics: The size, shape, and layout of the outdoor area isn’t only a matter of function but also can enhance or detract from the overall aesthetics of your home.
  • Maintenance: Think about the maintenance required for the outdoor space. Large lawns, gardens, or elaborate landscaping can be beautiful but may also require significant upkeep. A smaller space may mean fewer activities in your own backyard, but you can also research amenities nearby. If there’s a park just around the corner, you may want to opt for a smaller space with less maintenance while still getting to enjoy the outdoor spaces in your neighborhood.
  • Accessibility: If you plan on eating outside often, is there easy access from the kitchen to the outdoor area? Can guests access the yard from the driveway or parking area?  

Existing Features

In addition to the size and layout, take a good look at any existing features in the outdoor area. Look for features like patios, decks, swimming pools, or fire pits. These can add value and functionality to the space.

For any existing features, examine the quality and if you would need to make immediate repairs or upgrades. Consider the upkeep involved in maintaining the current outdoor features.


Assess the level of privacy the outdoor space provides. High fences, landscaping, and the distance from neighboring properties can affect your privacy.

Assess the level of noise from nearby roads, neighbors, or other sources. A peaceful outdoor environment can significantly enhance your quality of life.

When considering privacy, consider long-term developments that could affect your outdoor space including roads, new construction, andneighborhood expansion. If privacy is a major consideration, you can research zoning for the properties around the potential home to see how future developments might impact the space.  

Views and Surroundings 

If you plan on spending a lot of time in your new outdoor space, you probably also would appreciate a nice view and pleasing surroundings. While this isn’t always possible, it’s an important consideration when shopping for your next home. A scenic view or a peaceful natural setting can greatly enhance your enjoyment of the property.

Also, consider the orientation of the outdoor space and how much sunlight it receives throughout the day. A balance of sunlight and shade is often desirable. 

Future Plans

Finally, it’s important to consider any future plans youhave for the outdoor space and if those plans are feasible. Here are a few key things to keep in mind:

  • Consider any additions you might want to make in the future, such as adding a pool, building a shed, or expanding the outdoor living area.
  • Factor the cost of any necessary improvements or desired upgrades for the outdoor space and make sure those costs work with your new home budget.
  • Check local zoning regulations and homeowners' association rules to ensure you can use the outdoor space as you intend. Some areas have restrictions on additions or landscaping.
  • Think about how the outdoor space will impact the resale value of the property. A well-designed and maintained outdoor area can make your home more attractive to future buyers.

Remember that the importance of each of these factors will vary depending on your personal preferences and priorities. Take your time to thoroughly assess the outdoor space of any potential new home to ensure it aligns with your lifestyle and future plans.  


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