Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the backyard is an integral part of your house. It’s not only a personal retreat where you can relax after a long day, or a place where your kids play, or even a summer hangout for friends and family. That little piece of paradise just outside your door is also a valuable piece of property that can add value to your house. So, do you really need any more reason to get started?
Here are some great ways to take your backyard from iffy to spiffy:
- Build a patio – big, small, upper deck, lower deck, whatever it is, it’s awesome and generally recoups 65%-90% of the money invested.
- Transform a small space – you don’t have to have a lot of space to create a charming backyard retreat. From creating layers, to statement pavers, there are plenty of options for tight yards. For inspiration, just have a look at these beauties.
- Light a fire – literally. In a controlled space, of course. Add an outdoor fire pit to your backyard for an instant boost in ambiance. It can be functional, strictly aesthetic, or both. There are options for all style preferences.
- DIY decor – ok, we’re not all Martha Stewart types, but there are a lot of simple ways you can add creative touches to your yard that will make it uniquely yours. A fold-down backyard bar, anybody? So easy it’s almost genius.
- Keep it private – keep curious eyes from prying into your yard. A fence is the obvious solution, but pergolas, lattice, and landscaping are great options to create some privacy, as well.
- Add a pop of color – give outdoor furniture a facelift with brightly colored pillows and cushions. The best part about this update is that you can switch them out with the seasons.
- Think visually – take a good look at your yard. Is it a sea of green? Start a container garden or plant some colorful flower beds. How about lighting? Can you see all of those gorgeous additions you’ve just made? It’s all in the details.
With some inspiration and a little elbow grease you can create the ideal outdoor space. And the best part is, it’s all yours. Unless, of course, you choose to share it with good friends and neighbors, and with a backyard that looks this good, why wouldn’t you?