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The backyard of a residential home was not always for fun and games. At the turn of the 20th century, the typical backyard looked quite different from it does today. It would have had rows of growing vegetables and possibly chickens, goats and other farm animals.

Today the backyard is a place for family and friends to join us during holiday celebrations. It is also a place for us to retreat and just rest.

closed_in_porchThere are many DIY ideas available for easy additions to the backyard. For instance you can add a water feature as described in DIY backyard fountain- complete with tutorial! The DIYnetwork provides several more suggestions like adding a backyard checkerboard.

As the Winter Holidays approach, though, there is nothing more enjoyable than a closed-in porch. If your back porch needs work or is still open to the elements, it is not too early to be thinking about modernizing it. A closed-in back porch can really add to your living space and to the convenience of entertaining friends and family.

The addition can also be great for the resale of your home. The increasing home values have made home improvements very sensible. There are two main reasons. One is that you are more likely to get a positive return on your investment in the project. The other factor is you don’t want to buy another home at a higher price if you can modernize your own home and stay in the neighborhood you feel most comfortable.

Many of us are re-discovering our own backyards as others are scheduling their next cruise ship vacation. This is not to say that a vacation to a destination away from home is bad. But, many of us are choosing to add to the comforts of our own home.

Before you begin a project of this scale, consult with a professional contractor. Veri Construction is an award-winning Certified NARI Remodeler, serving customers in New Jersey area.  We can help you make the right choices because we have our own showroom to show you customized options specific to your situation. We work with clients and subcontractors, while utilizing state of the art 3-D computer generating drawings along with architectural plans for successful project delivery.