When you’re not working, you wish you could stay home all day. And while your home is probably comfortable, you have to leave if you want to have some real fun — or do you?
What if you could add a couple of recreational enhancements and upgrades, like the ones you see on HGTV or in celebrity magazines? Consider these luxurious and over-the-top upgrades, whether you want to wow your guests or potentially increase your home’s value.
Indoor Swimming Pools
Although a swimming pool is one of the upgrades that could hurt your home’s value, the right buyer might love the idea of a pool — even if it’s located indoors.
Pools come in all shapes and sizes, and there are typically three main types: concrete, vinyl and fiberglass. In-ground pools can cost between $20,000 and $80,000 to build and install, with vinyl pools falling at the lower end, according to recent estimates from HomeAdvisor, which provides average home project costs. In terms of maintenance, the cost over 10 years can be between $3,750 and $27,400, with fiberglass pools being the most economical to maintain.
But if you’re thinking about installing an indoor swimming pool, be prepared to possibly pay a lot more. It can cost you as much as $200,000 to install an indoor swimming pool, reports Luxury Pools, an outdoor living publication.
If an indoor pool feels a little ho hum, consider adding a waterslide to your home. According to DoItYourself.com, a home improvement and repair website, waterslides can cost a few thousand dollars. And according to Houzz, a home remodeling and design website, the price can range from $4,000 to $100,000.
You can choose from modular, one-piece and custom designed slides. Prices vary widely — from about $700 for a simple slide with a stainless steel ladder to a twisting slide for about $18,550. But since there’s such a large range in prices, you’ll likely be able to add this upgrade to your home without blowing your budget.
Picture it: It’s a hot summer day, and you’re catching some rays as you float around your pool in an inner tube, waving to your family and guests as you glide by.
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You might have thought that lazy rivers were only for water parks, but they can be installed at a residence — for a steep price tag, of course. Based on 2010 prices from Aquatic Excellence, a designing and consulting firm, a small lazy river costs $900,000. A larger one costs $1.4 million.
Upgrading your kitchen is one of the best renovations that can increase your home’s value. But what about upgrading or adding an outdoor kitchen?
For outdoor grill masters, a logical backyard design idea would be an outdoor kitchen. The cost to build one ranges from $1,000 to $35,000, with an average cost of approximately $9,600, according to HomeAdvisor.
After cooking your food outside, why not eat outside as well? Feel the breeze, but enjoy protection from any errant raindrops with a gazebo. At a store like Lowe’s, something tasteful and minimal will cost as low as $250. A more elaborate structure could cost a few thousand dollars.
Also, consider adding “a rug and décor for an outdoor dining area you can enjoy all season,” said Jule Eller, director of trend and style at Lowe’s.
Outdoor Entertainment Center
Wouldn’t it be nice to kick back and watch a movie in your backyard? If that sounds like the perfect night, consider building an outdoor entertainment center.
First, add a pergola to your backyard, which ranges in price from about $400 to $5,000 at Lowe’s. Then, add a TV, speakers, fans and cabinets, which can vary greatly in price based on your tastes.
And don’t forget to factor in labor costs for an electrician for wiring if needed, which can cost between $80 and $900, according to HomeAdvisor. Depending on how elaborate your entertainment center is, you might also need a contractor, which costs approximately $1,500 to $2,500, according to Homewyse, an online resource for home improvements and projects.
Next up: Your outdoor couch, love seat or coffee table sets. If you go with an outdoor sofa set, you can purchase one in the $1,000 to $3,000 range at Lowe’s.
If you play tennis frequently and are sick of having to fight for space on local courts, why not have your own? Quality Court Industries, which builds sports surfaces, estimates this luxury backyard upgrade will run you anywhere from $50,000 to $80,000. A few factors that influence the price include how much work needs to be done to your land and what kind of fencing you select.
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Luxury Tree House
You’ve probably heard you can pay to spend the night in a luxury tree house hotel. But imagine if you can spend every night in your very own luxury tree house at home.
If you’re handy, you might be inclined to cobble together a tree house for your kids. If that’s a project best left for others, you could have one custom made. Kids’ tree houses cost between $10,000 and $30,000, according to Treetop Builders, Inc., which builds and constructs tree houses. But the house’s size, scope, location and height can affect the price.
If you want a tree house that adults can enjoy, be prepared to pay $40,000 and up. And expect to pay even more if you plan to deck it out with high-tech and designer furniture.
If you live in a huge house with multiple stories and floors, do you really want to be limited to just stairs? Consider installing an elevator to your home, but be prepared to fork over a few grand.
The average cost to install an elevator is $20,000, according to HomeAdvisor. However, this figure doesn’t include the cost to get a professional to physically install it. And, there are other factors that affect the price, including adding luxury features, needing access to more than two floors and splurging for custom carpentry work.
You probably never imagined having your own ice rink. But if you have space — and the budget — it’s entirely possible.
A portable, residential ice rink can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $150,000, according to Custom Ice Rinks, which designs and builds ice surfaces.
If you buy a portable ice rink, it can remain in place for the winter and you can disassemble it during the warmer months. That way, you can use your yard for other activities. Or, if you invested in that swimming pool or tennis court, a portable rink can temporarily be installed over that area.
If bowling is your thing and you want the alley all to yourself, how about building a personal bowling alley? In addition to a lot of space, you’ll need lanes, pinsetters, a scoring system, lighting and more. An in-home bowling alley can cost nearly $91,000 for a bare-bones, one-lane bowling alley, and $334,000 for four lanes and loads of extras, according to Fusion Bowling, which focuses on home bowling alley installation.
Sydney Champion contributed to the reporting for this article.