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Remodel Your Outdoor Spaces

Caption 2: Deckorator's Scenic glass balusters create an outdoor room with a view. The faux stone Postcover adds high end appeal to virtually any deck.



Remodel Your Outdoor Spaces

(ARA)- With uncertainties in the housing market causing many homeowners to "hunker down" and stay put for a while, targeted improvements are becoming a popular way to add value to a home. An outdoor remodel is one improvement that nearly always offers a great return on investment.
Despite news of a potential economic downturn, many builders are reporting an uptick in building comfortable outdoor living areas such as decks, porches, patios and pool areas, with amenities including gas-powered heat lamps, outdoor showers, and even full-service kitchens.
Deckorators, a company that designs and manufactures decorative balusters, post caps, post covers and railing accessories, has seen its sales increase every month for the past several years.
"Consumers are investing in their homes by adding decorative elements to their existing outdoor areas and creating expansions to decks and patios," says Rick Preble, general manager of Deckorators.
Also aiding growth is an emphasis on creative design by deck builders and exterior design contractors. The wealth of new products on the market lets homeowners differentiate their properties from those of neighbors and friends. It's a personalization once reserved only for interior spaces.
New products this year from Deckorators include a classic square baluster called the Estate Baluster. The company also sees continued interest in their decorative glass balusters and stylish architectural balusters that offer the look of wrought iron with a finish that lasts for years.
"Homeowners are taking more pride in their homes and investing in high quality products outdoors. That's a smart move for increasing the value of your home," Preble says.
Leigh Brown, a Charlotte, N.C., realtor with RE/MAX Signature Properties, says one of the most popular features homebuyers are looking for today is outdoor living space.
"Everyone wants to spend time outside, and communities are being built around greenbelts, golf courses and parks. This generation of first-time homebuyers is tilting toward a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, and it's fitting that those same people want a home that has a nice flow between the inside and the out," says Brown.
Deckorators products appeal to homeowners looking to express their individuality.
"Today a deck incorporates seating areas, cooking areas and often recreation areas. Hot tubs and spas are popular features, and families spend lots of time enjoying decks and patios," Preble says.
"Today's deck is much more than a place to park your grill," adds Brown. "It's the hub of the family's social life."
Visit www.deckorators.com for more information or to design your dream deck online.

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