With the price of travel today more and more homeowner are opting for vacations closer to home. How about a vacation in your own backyard! As a homeowner you should look at your backyard as your place to escape and a place to enjoy family and friends. What would it take for your backyard to become your oasis from the world? It may be simpler than you think to have the backyard of your dreams. And the best part is that any improvements you make in your home is the best money you can spend.
Look around your backyard as it presently is. Do you have an area designated for entertaining such as a patio or deck? If you don’t, is there a place for either or both of these to be built? If there isn’t enough room for deck, or enough money in your budget for one is there room for a gazebo or a pergola? Either a gazebo or a pergola can be built to suit a particular size, and to suit the style of your home and can be done inexpensively.
If you have a deck or patio you aren’t using, why not? Is is in need of a clean up? A good power washing and water sealing brings new life to a deck. You don’t like the furniture you have on it? Easily fixed. Lightweight cast aluminum patio furniture comes in a wide variety of styles. Perhaps you don’t even need a new set of patio furniture. A good cleaning, the proper paint and new cushions can make your outdoor patio furniture look like new again.
Is a reason that you don’t use your backyard to entertain is that you don’t have any privacy? As prices of ground and homes have skyrocketed over the years backyards have become smaller and smaller. You can simply add some privacy by the use of climbing vines and flowers trailing up trellises or by using lattice work to make decorative walls. Some people add roll up shades on frames around patio’s and decks that can be lowered. If you build a simple pergola overtop of your patio it’s easy to add shades for privacy.
Think about updating your landscaping. Make your backyard a place you’re proud of and a place that you want to be. The addition of a flower garden will help add color and beauty to your backyard, as will the addition of flowers placed in containers. Perennial flowers are wonderful to use in a in ground garden as they come back year after year. Annual flowers that flower from spring to fall add color all season long and a real impact when they’re placed in colorful containers around the yard. Perhaps you have the room to add a water feature, such as a pond. A pond is easier to put in your backyard than you think and possibilities are endless. There is a lot of great information online and many local garden centers can help you plan and place a water feature or pond in your backyard.
How much entertaining do you do? Would you do more in an updated backyard? Think of your backyard as an extension of your home. Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular. You can have an outdoor kitchen that is simple, containing just a grill a small refrigerator and a few cupboards and a countertop, or you can have an elaborate outdoor kitchen with two grills, a large refrigerator, wine storage, many cupboards, and a bar. Outdoor kitchens can rival indoor kitchens.
Another way to make you outdoor more inviting is with small additions. Lighting is one. Solar lights and low voltage outdoor lighting can really enhance a backyard landscape. Along with adding lighting and ambiance they can make an outdoor area safer to use at night if they light up paths and walkways. Outdoor fire pits also add warmth and coziness to an outdoor area. The come in a wide variety of styles and sizes and you can find one just right for your outdoor spot.
Make your backyard a gathering spot for local wildlife too. Bird watching is a great hobby that can be shared by all members of your family. You’ll be very surprised how many birds make their home in your backyard even if you only have a birdbath. You must keep the birdbath filled with clean cool water everyday. Think about adding bird houses to your yard to invite the birds to nest and have young.