Your backyard is your own little piece of outdoor privacy. In good weather, you want to be able to enjoy it as much as possible but perhaps you require a bit of a makeover.
It doesn’t matter what the size of the backyard is or how much budget you have, there are various ways to create your own perfect backyard. Making the ultimate outdoor area is going to be a matter of taste and also what you want to achieve. So here are some ideas for your backyard and garden that might work for you.
What is the purpose of the backyard?
One of the first things apart from budgeting will be deciding what the backyard is for. Will it be used by your family, meaning children and partner plus extended relatives? Or, are you a single man or woman wanting a cool place to hang out with your friends and sometimes alone?
These factors will definitely help you decide what features you will be looking to put into the backyard area.
Budgeting for the improvements
It would be so easy to call in some landscapers and designers and throw a load of cash at them to change everything. For most people, this is not that straightforward so what you may need to do is look at what skills you have for gardening and design. Think about your family and friends and if you know any carpenters, electricians, and gardeners. This can reduce costs but also bring in needed expertise.
Pick one big special statement
Unless you do have a big budget pick one statement item to include in your garden. It is not just about your expenses though, adding too much to a backyard is just overkill. You want it to look good. You want it to be fun and relaxing to hang out in. You don’t want it looking cramped and uncomfortable so maybe ditch the idea for a waterfall and mini roller-coaster for now.
Decking and patios
If your backyard is big enough you could have both but maybe you should just choose one. A patio is a good way to extend outward from the house and have an area with plants around the outside and a covered area.
Decking can look fantastic too though. You might think about having the decking up to your home and walking out on it but in fact, you can do so much more with it. Have an area to one side or at the rear of the yard as a destination. Add seating, a table, and maybe a barbecue and it becomes a focal point of the yard. A place to cook and chat over a cold drink in summer.
Increase your privacy
One thing many people enjoy is interacting with their neighbors and in a time where many of us spend too many hours online, this should be encouraged. However, many times you just want to avoid snoops. You can look at adding lattices, fencing, or walls. Organic material is one of many ways to add privacy to your backyard without building a fortress but is sure to consider your neighbors too.
For many people backyards are for two things; drinking and eating. Inviting a small group of good friends when you are holding a great BBQ party is a great way to appreciate your own outdoor space. If you want to build a statement piece then an outdoor kitchen or BBQ pit and grill will provide it.
If you love outdoor cooking then this is one great way to make the most of your backyard. For the ultimate kitchen put in a worktop and fridge too in a small covered area.
A treehouse for the kids
This is one for the families who enjoy playing outside and will depend on a few things. First, you will unfortunately need to see if a treehouse is even legal to build. Then, you will need to be able to build a sound structure. These days a treehouse doesn’t need to be exactly that. You could think about building a giant Wendy house but one that has windows and furniture inside so your children can play while you lay back on the decking with a cold beer.
There is in fact not enough space to include all the ways you could create a fantastic backyard. Water features, pergolas and summerhouses can all add to a garden too. It is really down to your imagination, budget, and your own handyperson skills. Sketch out what you want to achieve and then plan to bring your vision to reality.