Want to give your backyard that extra visual appeal, without spending thousands in landscaping? There are a host of truly unique ways to turn your drab landscape into something you’ll be proud to call your own. The key is to settle in on the type of feeling or ambiance you want to create in your outdoor space and reverse engineer that to guide you on which of the following strategies to use.
Add comfy outdoor furniture
A new, plush outdoor couch or chairs can instantly transform any outdoor space. To get the most out of this investment, you’ll want to do your research to buy a reputable brand that produces high-quality outdoor furniture that will last. Get creative with the placement of the furniture as well. You can create small seating areas that are spaced out that encourage those you may entertain to explore the other facets your yard has to offer.
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Make a map of what you want your yard to look like before you start to make sure the final result matches your vision.
Install a firepit
These are great conversation pieces and communal gathering spots. You’ll need to determine what type of fire pit is best (above or below ground). In addition, adding decorative finishes to your fire pit can take the backyard to a whole new level.
Leverage solar lights
Lighting is everything when you’re outdoors, especially at night. If your backyard gets lots of direct sunlight then using solar-powered lights are a nice touch that won’t put a drain on your home’s electric bill. It will be important to think about light placement and the goal. If you want to make the yard more accessible then lighting up walkways may be important. If you are instead wanting to create a cozy environment then going with light stakes or spot lights can work as well.
Build a sustainable outdoor garden
Flowers and shrubs can be the centerpiece of any year. Being mindful of what plants you use in your garden can help you create beautiful natural landscapes that attract butterflies, help manage stormwater, and/or repel mosquitoes.
Add a canopy or enclosure
Having an overhead structure of some sort can be ideal so you don’t have to scramble at the first sign of rain. Whether it be adding a canopy, tent, or installing a small gazebo in your backyard can be a great way to include some form of shelter in your new yard design.
The goal is to create an ambiance that will accentuate your natural surroundings without taking from it. The best way to achieve this is by using one of the above mentioned yard upgrade strategies. For more creative ideas, be sure to follow our blog to get inspiration!