A trend in luxury living today is creating an outdoor space that is equally as inviting and delightful as the indoors. How are people doing this? There are many options available with the right vision, landscaper, designer and vision. They include: 1. Vanishing Edge Hot Tubs - Vanishing edge or negative edge swimming pools have been a round for a while now but what about a vanishing edge hot tub? Yes, they make these as well. With no visual barrier between the hot tub and the surrounding environment, bathers can become immersed into the view. Such hot tubs are particularly design worthy when one has a property with a view or even a bit of elevation change. The hot tub should be placed on your property in a way that it flows with the natural setting of it. The vanishing edge portion of the pool will become the focal point, therefore you don’t want it overlooking neighbors property or a cluttered portion of your yard. The hot tub can be placed in a way that it integrates itself with the landscape and offers bathers great serenity. With a negative edge system, one doesn’t need to keep their hot tub skimmed or cleaned as often as with a standing one as floating debris falls over the edge into a filtration system. 2. Fire Pits - What better way to enjoy the outdoors than with a man-made fire, just as if you were camping but with elegance. Outdoor fire pits or fireplaces provide a focal point to your property and can anchor an outdoor room. They can accommodate more people and provide a cozy atmosphere. Outdoor fireplaces and outdoor fire pits can be built with many types of rustic (think natural stone) and man-made materials, as long as they are fireproof. Many people choose natural stone such as fieldstone, flagstone, river rock or sandstone. If these are not available and too expensive, you can also opt for man-made faux-stone. Going faux offers you a number of colors of which you can match to your surroundings. Natural wood, gas, propane or a combination can be used in your fire pit. One can also use faux logs with gas or propane. As for style, you can have your fire pit appear as a campground-like ring of natural stones or an upscale mortared and veneered pit. Outdoor fire pits can range in price from $200 to $15,000. 3. Outdoor Kitchens - More and more people are moving outdoors to attend to their cooking needs. Outdoor kitchens have many advantages. For one, family and guests can more easily be involved in the cooking process and production of the meal. If the food you are cooking has a lingering odor, such as fish or curry, no worries - cooking outside keeps your indoor kitchen smelling fresh. Outdoor kitchens can range in price and functionality. One can simply arrange for a counter and grill or go all out with appliances, sinks, drawers and grills. Some are even opting for wood burning ovens to cook pizzas, breads, roasts and more. Want to keep your dishes outside, you can have a sink built in as well as enclosed shelving. By keeping all your pots, pans and dishes outside, you won’t have to pull them out each time from the indoor kitchen and then carry them back in to be washed. Before having your outdoor kitchen designed, determine what your needs are and what features are important to you and your family. You will also want to consider your budget as outdoor kitchens can become quite pricey. How is your weather? If you are in an area where you can spend numerous days outdoors, it may be worth investing a little more in your outdoor kitchen as opposed to being in a colder climate. All of the above additions will not only add value to your quality of life and the enjoyment of your home but also to the value of your home itself. Many say that something as simple as the three above additions will bring back returns by 200% on the investment. Carolyn Boden is a marketing consultant at Belvedere, Texas hill country land for sale real estate community. They sell beautiful hill country acreage located west of Austin near Hamilton Pool. For more information please visit http://www.belvedereaustin.com.