As a homeowner, you have so many opportunities to upgrade and customize your home to your liking. When a person rents, they have to ask permission before painting a wall. Unlike a renter, a homeowner can knock down walls, complete renovations and let their creativity run wild. It’s also important to become intentional about finding ways to improve the home in order to increase its value. One area you can focus on is the backyard. Whether you have a large or small backyard, it’s an area that’s easily overlooked for a few reasons. For some people, it’s overlooked because people don’t know what to do with the space. Another reason why it can be overlooked is because it seems too challenging.
Truthfully, it’s not a difficult process. In fact, there are many easy ways you can improve your backyard. However, the key is to bring in the professionals to do the heavy-lifting on certain projects. Take a look at some magazines to gain inspiration. As you become inspired, consider these three fun ideas to make your backyard look new and improved.
1. Landscaping/Backyard Garden
If you have ever been a fan of beautiful gardens, it’s a great idea to start one in your backyard. To take it a step further, you can easily create a stunning look with a landscaping architect. Get a consultation to discuss the features you’d like to see. A stunning water feature that includes a small pond is a nice idea. Depending on the climate you live in, it’d be nice to add some lily pads to the water. If you are someone who likes to do your own gardening, you can set aside a specific area for any flowers, herbs and produce you plant. A walkway throughout the garden is a great way to organize the area. Perhaps there are days when you’ll want to take friends to sit and enjoy the scenery. Place a few benches in various spots of the garden for a nice, inviting touch.
If swimming feels like second nature to you, it’s a no-brainer. You need to install a pool in the backyard. While there are many homeowners who get nervous about the maintenance of a pool, understand that it doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s important to maintain a cleaning schedule. You’ll also want to cover the pool each time it’s not in use. If you are intentional with your cleaning schedule, it’ll feel like second nature. It can be really nice to enjoy a swim before you head to work in the morning. Alternatively, a pool is nice after a hard day at work. It can replace your need to go to the gym since it’s a great form of exercise. Plus, a pool will increase a home’s value. If you ever plan to put the home on the market, you’ll only increase the value of the home with this type of feature. Find a company that provides reasonable swimming pool pricing and build from there.
3. Entertaining Area
Create a backyard space that’s conducive to entertaining guests. If you love to have friends over, hang out in the backyard. Make room for a patio area. Set aside a portion of the area for dining and lounging. Set up an area that’s specifically for barbecuing and the preparation of food. Outdoor games are becoming increasingly popular. Create a special area for outdoor versions of chess and checkers. Oversized games like Jenga work really at parties. If you have a lot of sports enthusiasts as friends, set up a basketball court or a volleyball net. In another area of the backyard, create a lounge area with comfortable hammocks, swings and lounge chairs.
There are so many options to consider when you’re looking to improve your backyard. If you were getting ready to purchase a new home, think about what you’d like to see in a backyard. Use that as your starting point.