Is a backyard remodel in your future?
A renovation in your backyard can cost $15,000 to $50,000 if you’re replacing landscaping and adding hardscape features, such as patios or walkways.
With that type of investment, you want to ensure your remodeling plan is solid.
We’ve put together five tips to help plan your upcoming backyard remodeling project.
1. Assess Current and Future Usage
Before you start your backyard remodeling and renovations, do a full assessment of the current situation. Look at the areas you use frequently and the spaces you never use.
What works well in the backyard? What would you like to change?
Think about who uses the backyard spaces. Do you have kids and pets? Do you entertain outdoors on a regular basis?
Consider how you use the space now and how you would like to use it in the future. Maybe it lacks a patio area for seating and a dining table, or you want more open space for your kids to play.
2. Create a List of Must-Haves and Wants
Write two lists of features you want in your backyard.
On one, include your must-haves. These are the backyard features you won’t sacrifice. Maybe it’s crucial to you to have a swing set for your kids and a deck for entertaining.
Create a second list of the things you want but could live without. These might be extra luxuries, such as a built-in outdoor kitchen or extensive landscaping.
Prioritize the items on each list, so you know what will get cut if it doesn’t all fit into your budget.
3. Check on Regulations
Even though it’s your property, you can’t always do whatever you want in your backyard. Local regulations may restrict what you can do in your backyard.
Many cities limit fence height or restrict you from having chickens in your backyard.
If your community has a homeowner’s association, it may have even more restrictions. They sometimes limit the types of materials you can use and the things you can add to your home’s exterior.
You may also need permits for some of your projects, such as building a deck.
Check on the restrictions and regulations before you start planning to save yourself time. Knowing what’s allowed means you won’t have to change your plans later.
4. Plan a Layout
Sketch your backyard on grid paper to start your plan. Use a scale drawing to keep everything proportionate and accurate.
Add the permanent features that won’t move. This might include sheds, ponds, fences, and other hardscape features you plan to keep.
Mark where you want to put each item on your must-have list. Ensure your plans leave enough space for all other activities and fit well together.
5. Finalize Your Plan
Consulting with a landscape designer before you start working is a good idea. The professional can tell you if your plans are reasonable and will work. The designer may also suggest some improvements on the design.
Once you finalize the plans, set a timeline for the renovation. Are you doing it all at once or in stages?
Line up any contractors you’re hiring to handle the work.
Determine the materials you’ll need if you’re doing the work yourself.
Start Your Backyard Remodel
Are you ready to tackle your backyard remodel plan? Taking time to ensure you do your research and know what you want makes the planning process easier and more effective.
Head over to our outdoor section to find more ideas for your backyard remodel.