Think of a backyard as an extension of your home. You can take on several do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to transform them into a relaxing, luxurious space. Generally speaking, the terrain and size of your property may determine what you can do to enhance the space.
You can hire a team of landscape designers or architects to improve your yard’s aesthetics of your backyard, but most DIY projects only require a few hours of your time and a quick trip to your local home improvement store.
Here are 10 backyard additions to consider, especially as spring is just around the corner.
1. Install a Swimming Pool
You and your family will likely turn on the air conditioning and crack the windows as temperatures rise. However, it’s not enjoyable to sit outside and sweat when it’s extremely hot.
Consider adding a swimming pool to your backyard to beat the heat. The size and design will depend on how much you’re willing to spend, but it can be a gamechanger during the spring season. Brands such as Intex, Bestway, and Galvanox are affordable options worth looking into.
2. Put up a Hammock for Lounging
Why not take advantage of the beautiful trees in your backyard by adding a hammock to lounge in? Hammocks are a perfect place to take a midday snooze or cuddle up with your partner in the spring. You can enjoy the cool breezes, listen to the sounds of nature, and take a load off when you swing in your hammock.
Hammocks are fairly simple to install between two trees. Suppose you don’t have available trees to suspend your hammock. In that case, buy affordable versions online that come with stands, so you can place them anywhere in your backyard.
3. Purchase an Outdoor Fire Pit
Multidimensional fire pits are becoming increasingly popular for homeowners. They’re a major crowd-pleaser, durable, good for the environment, and easy to purchase and install on your own. There are different fire pits, such as propane, natural gas, or wood-burning. They’re a great addition to your backyard, especially if you plan on having guests over.
You can roast smores, gather around the fire pit and use it as a heat source when it gets chilly at night. They come in different sizes and designs as well, so there’s one to match the look of your backyard, deck, or patio.
4. Buy Durable, Weather-Resistant Furniture
There are several types of materials that are durable in harsh weather conditions, such as all-metal, wood, or wicker. Placing outdoor furniture in your backyard can provide comfortable seating for you or any guests you invite over for parties or weekend gatherings.
There are so many types of durable furniture available, so consider using your creativity and imagination, and have fun trying out different furniture styles or setups. Consider using extra pillows, outdoor blankets, or even a swinging chair to add a bit of flair to your backyard.
5. Install Screens Around Your Deck or Patio
Springtime ushers in annoying pests in San Diego, such as crane flies. No homeowner wants to be annoyed by bugs. Look no further than a screen installation if you’re looking to keep bugs at bay. Mesh screens can reduce the chances of mosquitoes or flies entering your outdoor spaces.
Some screens can also grant you privacy from nosy neighbors, and there’s at least one type that will complement your home’s exterior design.
6. Design an Outdoor Kitchen or Bar
Do you love cooking as a family or making cocktails for your friends? In that case, an outdoor kitchen or bar is an excellent addition to your backyard. Adding an outdoor kitchen is practical, and it can be fun to use modern, creative designs. Even adding a cute bar cart can be a nice addition to spruce up your outdoor living space.
A typical kitchen or bar will include a sink, a source of running water, plenty of storage for dishes and glassware, and more. It will all depend on how you want your kitchen to look after it’s built. Consider using stainless steel, as it’s easy to clean and has a classic look.
7. Create a Garden or Add Potted Plants
No matter how big or small your backyard is, there should always be enough space to add some greenery. You can add your favorite potted plants, grow vegetables in a garden or add flowers to add a pop of color. The opportunities are endless.
If you lack space to create a full-sized garden, try experimenting with vertical gardening, which is a popular trend among homeowners. It’ll elevate the look of your backyard and bring a modern feel to your home.
8. Set up Outdoor Mood Lighting
Nothing ties an outdoor living area together better than some mood lighting. When the sun goes down and you still want to chill in your backyard, installing lighting to set the scene is crucial. You can get creative with lighting placement and design and opt for string lights or hanging lanterns.
You can use lighting to highlight plants or put them near your outdoor furniture to give your guests a soft glow. No matter what you choose, outdoor lighting can really transform your space with minimal effort.
9. Place a Decorative Fountain
You can station decorative pieces in various spaces of your backyard to add to its ambiance. Have the whole family join in and help build your own garden fountain, which brings a sense of peace to your backyard oasis.
Make sure you have ample space before constructing a fountain, as you want to ensure it will fit nicely and complement the other components of your backyard. Also, remember to consider the height before buying one or making it a DIY project.
10. Build Fencing for Privacy
Fencing can play a major role in the look and safety of your home. Children or pets should be able to run around in your yard without worry. There’s certainly a fence option that will match your backyard’s look and keep everyone safe.
Additionally, fences are a natural barrier to put between you and your neighbors. They can also give you a sense of privacy and security. So, you can go for a classic, modern or rustic look, or use materials like bamboo or vinyl.
Create a Spring Oasis in Your Backyard
A backyard makeover doesn’t have to be expensive for it to be luxurious. Small changes can help bring your yard to the next level. Use some of the ideas above to transform your backyard as spring approaches and live life to the fullest.
In case you have any architectural, structural, and MEP design requirements, or need subtle home additions or home improvements for your home, feel free to contact us. We provide you with the full permit set design + T24 for your home additions.
Rose is the managing editor of Renovated. She’s most interested in sharing home projects and inspiration for the most novice of DIY-ers. These are the values she developed growing up in a family of contractors.