The backyard is an area of the house that can end up neglected, especially during the colder months when no one wants to go outside. Transforming your backyard into an exciting, vibrant place is actually a lot easier than it seems and all it takes is drive, creativity and time. Here’s three ideas to get you started.
1. Create an outdoor space
An outdoor area is something that adds not only value but also a vast number of options for entertaining and relaxing, to any home. A patio will allow you to entertain guests in your lovely yard at the drop of a hat, keeping everyone shaded and comfortable. Decks accomplish the same for those who prefer a bit of elevation. The creation of either can be considered a long-form DIY job but if you want the area to really sing, then you’d be far better off speaking to a professional installer like AdaptIt. A professional can help you design your outdoor area, foresee any problems you might encounter and ultimately help you build it.
2. Add some mood lighting
Something that too few backyards have is adequate lighting. Lighting is handy for all sorts of reasons – it makes entertaining into the evening extremely easy and it means you don’t have to dig out a flashlight if you forget to bring the washing in before the sun goes down. You can get really creative with it too – combine some old wine bottles, a simple metal bracket attached to your fence to hold them, and some tea candles and you’ve got mood lighting with character. If you don’t want to add to your electricity bill, then you can always get solar powered lights. They soak up energy during the day and can keep your yard well-lit during the night. Paint them different colours if you want to create a kaleidoscope effect.
3. Build a fire pit
A great addition to any backyard is that of a fire pit. Fire pits are fun at any time of year – they are warm and inviting during the winter, perfect for cooking a roast over, or even just a cool centrepiece for the yard. Fire pits are easy to build if you’d prefer to go the DIY route, requiring little more than some stone, steel liner, gravel for the bottom and crushed stone to fill in any gaps. Alternatively, if you’re impatient or not that handy, you can head down to your local hardware store and pick up a pre-made one and have yourself a fire this very night!
These are just three examples of exciting ways to transform your backyard. Most of the time it’s the simplest ideas that have the most personality. Personality is what will transform your backyard from bland to beautiful and help it stand apart from the crowd.
What other ideas would you suggest when it comes to making over your backyard areas? Have you been involved in a renovation? Share your stories and thoughts by leaving a comment in the section below.