Most people forget their backyard when they consider renovating their home. However, renovating outdoor spaces can have just as much of an effect as an indoor makeover. You can transform your backyard into a beautiful oasis that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
There are several ways to improve your outdoor area. These ideas will take your outdoor space to the next level and make your home the envy of the neighborhood, whether you’re dealing with an empty space or an existing location.
Add A Swimming Pool or Outdoor Spa
A swimming pool is a traditional backyard attraction. On a hot summer day, who doesn’t like lounging by the pool and cooling off? Everyone does! Consider building a sleek, retractable pool enclosure if you plan to swim throughout the year. When summer arrives, you’ll be able to easily reopen everything.
However, don’t settle for a simple rectangle when it comes to pool construction. From infinity pools to waterfalls, there are many amazing styles and amenities that can wow your neighbors.
You can also add a hot tub under a pergola, with stepping stones leading up to it and plants neatly outlining the area. Imagine soaking under the stars and enjoying the serenity of the night without worrying about the cold.
Construct Deck or Patio
A patio or deck is an excellent place to start when creating your ideal outdoor space. While these definitions are sometimes used interchangeably, they have distinct differences. Let’s look at a quick comparison:
A deck is a plain, usually roofless platform that is attached to a residence. Typically, it’s made of wood or composite materials. Decks, unlike patios, can be built on any surface, which is why they’re often built and surrounded by a railing.
There are hundreds of ways to spice up your deck though. You can screen it in, add a covering such as a pergola or umbrella, add furniture, or a fire pit.
A patio is a paved outdoor area that is built directly on the ground. It can be added to your house or entirely apart from it. It must always be constructed on flat ground. Concrete, asphalt, gravel, and pavers are all traditional patio materials, but natural stone is by far the most luxurious.
Examine your outdoor space with a professional landscaper to see which alternative better suits your house. Patios and decks, in any case, add instant aesthetic appeal and are ideal for anything from cozy picnics to catered social gatherings.
You could even create an outdoor kitchen! How? Well, not all decks are raised. Some are as simple as concrete slabs behind a home. You can utilize that area to build counters, add a grill and a mini fridge or wine cooler, and an outdoor table. They’re the perfect spot for entertaining!
Cozy Up With A Fire Pit
A fire pit can add warmth, comfort, and long-lasting memories to your backyard. It’s a perfect way to spend time with your grandchildren while making s’mores and having long conversations.
You can design a whole “room” around your fire pit as well. Think wicker sofas on brick pavers, with the brick going up into the built-it fire pit. Add a water feature behind it or build your own personal oasis for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, or just one for relaxing. The possibilities are endless.
Add Some Shade with a Wooden Pergola
A pergola can provide shade for your patio or outdoor living area. It’s a practical and attractive feature that will automatically enhance the value of your home. The best part is, it takes less time to build than other outdoor designs.
Think how you’ll design and decorate your pergola once. You can include premium patio curtains for more privacy and enhanced shade, or you can consider draping vines around the building to highlight the beautiful greenery. The possibilities are infinite, so take your time to find styles that you absolutely love. The best part? You can change it up if you don’t like it — pergolas are easy to work with!
Show Off Your Green Thumb With A Garden
If you’ve ever wanted to start a garden, or if you already have a green thumb, your backyard can be transformed into a gardeners dream. You can build a vertical spice garden that’s against a wooden feature wall, or you can install raised plant beds and line them with painted and treated wood, concrete, or anything that suits your style.
Look into Xeriscaping too, to make sure all of your plants are watered appropriately without wasting any water.
Additionally, gardening is a great way to spend time with your family outside, particularly if you have grandchildren. A garden provides a wonderful place for children to dig in the mud and observe critters such as butterflies and birds.
There are tons of approaches to develop your backyard into something elegant and stylish. Use your imagination to decide what’s best for your house. Set up an appointment with your landscaper or home designer (If you’re renovating or building) to help you bring your designs to life and to learn more.