Mount Pleasant Magazine March/April 2023

80 www. TopTenHomesSo l d. com | www. ChsAgent s . com | www. VOICE for rea l es tate. com dwellings A yard is an oasis. It’s an escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, a place that should be relaxing and calming. It should also be a reflection of the type of respite the owner hopes to achieve, a reflection of what “happy place” means. There are myriad ways to increase functionality and enjoyment of a yard space. Adding features like seating and tables will create a more social and intimate experience for family and guests. Making the yard more functional by adding walkways and paths can complement an already cozy space. Installing a pool or spa can transform a yard from just “okay” to “oh yay.” There are numerous different products and styles to create a unique outdoor living space of dreams. Not all the reasons for upgraded outdoor living are about the feels, though it’s one of the most important reasons. Another benefit of an enhanced yard is the increase in property value. Pools, hardscapes and outdoor kitchens can significantly boost the appraisal of a home. Once convinced that building out the yard is a good idea, the owner faces the task of weeding through endless options. One of the first aspects to consider is usability. Raising the Root BY CHESLEY LANFORD Make the most of your Lowcountry landscape