Design & Style

Investing in Outdoor Spaces

There can be big returns on rooms without walls

By Nancy Cain
Published: June 1, 2005
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Photo by Roger Wade/Northwoods Log Homes
Our cabins and cottages are more than places to gather with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. They are also some of our biggest investments. When considering remodeling projects for your place, it makes sense to enhance its overall value.

In today’s vacation home market, the greatest payback from remodeling investments (and the least bump from the tax assessor) is not inside your cottage or cabin. It’s outside. The hottest home improvement trend is that area without walls: the outdoor room.
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