If you’re looking for quick fixes, these aren’t it, but if you want your backyard upgrade to make an impact, you’ve come to the right place.
More and more, the yard is becoming an extension of the home. No longer seen as just an attractive garden to look upon, people are beginning to realize it can be an added living space.
Here are some of the most effective ways to update your outdoor space, bring it into the 21st century, and make it a place you just love to spend time in.
1. Build a Pergola
Offering shade and myriad options for styling it your own way, a pergola is a great way to upgrade your yard.
Dress with simple voile drapes for a dreamy, bohemian vibe, or for a more traditional look, climbing roses will not only look beautiful but, when in bloom, will fill the air with a wonderful scent as well.
Pergolas make a great focal point and are also an ideal spot to install your garden furniture, creating the perfect outdoor ‘room’.
2. Install an Outdoor Kitchen
A popular upgrade for the backyard right now is the outdoor kitchen. First came the American love of grills, then came the installation of pizza ovens; now you can have an entire kitchen in an outdoor setting.
If you love cooking but hate being stuck indoors when everyone else is enjoying views of the garden, then this is definitely the upgrade for you. There are various styles of outdoor kitchen cabinets to choose from, so you will be sure to find something to suit your taste and garden design.
3. Create a Cinema
As well as a projector and screen, your backyard cinema will need somewhere comfy to sit, anything from blankets and cushions on the ground to purpose-made garden sofas. To make it extra snug, investing in a fire bowl or chiminea and some low lighting will make this a space you never want to leave.
4. Fix up Your Boundary
Partially hidden and at the outskirts of your space, it’s easy to forget about your boundary, but once it starts to look rundown, it can have an impact on the whole yard.
If yours is starting to look shabby, you need to decide whether it’s time to replace it altogether or whether some TLC will bring it back to looking its best.
If you have a wall as your boundary, giving it a scrub, replacing the top bricks if they have become weather-worn, and perhaps even a lick of paint will offer a fitting backdrop to a well-tended garden.
A picket fence always looks better with a fresh coat of paint, and if you really want to add a touch of personality, consider painting it more than one color. Alternate stripes or even multicolored will really make a statement.
These are not upgrades you are likely to complete in an afternoon, but they are certainly worth the time and effort and will make your outdoor space somewhere you want to return to again and again.