If you hit the Parade of Homes this weekend you're going to see a new trend in homebuilding.
Joe and Diane Sztapka have built their dream home, which is part of the Parade of Homes. One striking feature is the use of outdoor living areas--three of them in all.
"When we've got the weather for it, we love being outside; with family, friends and entertaining. We wanted the concept of being able to spend time inside, but then just spill over to the outside also," Sztapka said.
Builder Dan Geiken says outdoor living rooms are a trend he's seen grow in the last five years.
"I see it in every price point we work in. More so in the executive homes do you see the really beautiful landscaping, but I think people take bits and pieces from those style houses and incorporate it into their starter price homes as well," Geiken said.
Geiken says homeowners are spending between $5,000 to more than $70,000 for these outdoor living areas. It's known in the industry as the HG-TV effect.
"Those areas that have year round outdoor living spaces; we're seeing people trying to incorporate that in South Dakota," Geiken said.
"But the truth is we do live in South Dakota. We don't have a year-round outdoor living space. Is it worth it to people when we have so much cold or windy weather?" Angela Kennecke asked.
"I would correlate that to: is it worth having a camper or boat or any other outdoor activity? When we do have the weather for it, people really enjoy using it and I think those who have spent the money appreciate it," Geiken said.
There's another trend in outdoor living. People are moving their kitchens from indoors to outdoors. Builders are putting in more full kitchens outside.
“We have a couple of houses coming up that have full-blown outdoor kitchens that are actually set up for gourmet cooking and catering," Geiken said.
But Sztapka is happy with his fancy grill that hooks up to a natural gas line, along with a few other things.
“I love to grill; this idea about the covered grill, despite the weather, I can go out there and grill. The hot tub is kind of a neat feature too. A fire pit you can sit by too. I guess they're all kind of great,” Sztapka said.
Sztapka also says if they should ever move out of this dream home, this outdoor space should also help with resale.