Spring is here and people are taking to the outdoors for entertainment. One of the best places to entertain is right in front of you: your patio. Jordan Dismang, a landscape designer for Earth Tones Greenery, said updating a patio can increase property values and make it easier to sell your homes if the time ever comes.

He offers a few tips on how to turn your patio from drab to fab with varying price points.

For all levels, he suggests knowing the desired style and keeping it consistent with the new additions to your patio.

Weekend Warrior: Under $1,000

We’ve all been there: It’s a beautiful spring day with a sky full of sunshine. You’ve just poured a tall cool glass of happiness and walk out of the backdoor to a barren yard with weeds growing through a pile of bricks in the corner of the yard.


However, with a little elbow grease and a couple of small purchase, you’ll have the neighbors over for the monthly barbecue in no time, says Dismang.

Add a fire pit. Adding a fire pit creates a place to gather and makes the patio look finished. Fire pit kits can be purchased at most home supply stores, such as Home Depot or Atwood’s in Waxahachie, and range from $150 to $600, depending on size.

Lay concrete. Adding concrete to a patio or porch cleans up and expands the surface area — meaning more seating. This project may require a professional, depending on how large the area is needed.

Add decomposed granite. This is a do-it-yourself project that you and a buddy can easily accomplish over a weekend. The granite can be used to create pathways or as a base for a patio. Laying down decomposed granite can cost $70-$90.

Add furniture. By adding even one piece of furniture, it brings a pop of color and ties and the entire patio together. Self-contained fountains are trending now and make for a nice addition.

Ready to entertain: $5,000-$8,000

So those quick fixes have expanded the friend circle and popularity of your backyard, huh? If it’s time to upgrade to the next level of patio, you might need to reach out to a professional and a little deeper in the pocketbook.

But don’t worry, as Dismang is here to make sure you hit the three key necessities.

Install ceilings fans. Many covered patios can be pulled together with updated or installed ceiling fans that fit the style of your current patio.

Add an outdoor kitchen. To update any patio, add a bar, kitchen or barbecue pit. It is great for entertaining and can include a backsplash that adds a bit of color.

Add a TV or fireplace. Installing a fireplace or TV to the patio creates and a space for all types of entertaining. It makes the space great for any time the of year.

Party on, party-o: More than $10,000

OK, it’s time to take that ol’ concrete slab and fire pit to a level that the neighbors will whisper about to their neighbors in envy.

This level of investment will also, undoubtedly, require a professional or two and may even call for structural work. And, by connecting patios and porches to the house, it can increase property values, Dismang said. Permanent structures tend to be on the higher end.

Add something unique. Patios can look the same, but by adding something unique — like a pizza oven — will leave your guests in awe.

Add a covering. The covering, if connected to the house, can increase your home’s square footage which increases property values. Other covering options include gazebos and pergolas.

Change or add a base. Adding stonework to the base of your patio creates a new look. These bases range in price and style including flagstone, concrete or tile.