5 Outdoor Features to Add to Your Custom Home

Looking for ideas on what outdoor features to include in your custom home? Here are five outdoor features that will help transform your outdoor area into a more beautiful, comfortable and practical space that everyone will surely enjoy and appreciate.

Outdoor Kitchen

You can never go wrong with a custom-built outdoor kitchen. Not only does it increase the resale value of your home, but it also gives your family lovely alternative dining experience, especially when cooking and eating indoors becomes repetitive. An outdoor kitchen also comes in handy when there are special occasions, because there’s no better place to host a BBQ than a home with a well-equipped outdoor kitchen. Equip it with essential amenities (a built-in barbecue, a sink, a wood-fired pizza oven, etc.) and you’re good to go!

Swimming Pool

Swimming pools are definitely a must-have feature for any custom home, but only if you have the budget. It’s the kind of outdoor feature that gives your family and friends an amazing source of entertainment, exercise, and relaxation for many years. It’s also really effective at impressing guests and potential homebuyers. While a swimming pool with basic amenities will suffice, if you have the cash to spare then you may as well add natural elements, diving boards, built-in bench seating and other amenities to make your investment even more worthwhile.

Outdoor Fire Pit

Outdoor fire pits can elevate your backyard experience like no other. It’s a budget-friendly feature that’s great for cooking and entertaining. It also adds a nice ambiance to your backyard. When it comes to the fire, your choices are either a wood-burning fireplace or a gas-powered heater. Whichever option you choose, you can customize its shape or size to best suit your taste. And if you want to make the most out of this outdoor feature, add in some landscaping to enhance its appeal.


A pergola is a lovely addition to any outdoor space. Not only does it look beautiful, but it’s also quite functional as it provides that much-needed shade we yearn for when we want to hang out in the backyard during sunny days. This elegant-looking structural feature also creates a habitat for plants to thrive, which means that you can plant flowers and vines to make your pergola and your backyard look even more beautiful.


The perfect complement to an outdoor kitchen is a covered patio with enough space to accommodate your family and your guests. This feature also provides shade for relaxing and entertaining. When you equip your patio with the right set of patio furniture and dining chairs and tables, only then will it be the ultimate hang out spot in your backyard. You can even install an outdoor fire pit in the patio area to make it look more connected with your home. The design possibilities are basically endless with an outdoor patio.

Contact us today!
Want to add these outdoor features to your custom home? Contact Fairbanks Custom Homes today! We offer custom home remodeling and construction services to clients in the High Country communities of Boone, Blowing Rock, Asheville, Banner Elk, and the Linville, North Carolina areas.

Jay Fairbanks

General Contractor

119 Buttercup Courts
Boone, North Carolina

Ph: 828-264-2295

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