Do you find your home’s outdoor space disappointing? Do you think that if it were different, you would spend more time in it? If so, then you’re probably looking for some ways to transform your outdoor space. Changing your outdoor space doesn’t have to be difficult, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. With that in mind, here are 6 ideas to get you started, which will hopefully make your outdoor space a place you actually want to visit.
Build a Pond
The first thing you could try is adding a water feature to your yard. A small pond looks great in practically any yard, and adding a fountain or waterfall within it provides the relaxing sound of running water. Depending on how large or complicated you want your pond, you may be able to do it yourself, but if not, there are likely landscapers in your area who could do this for you. If you’d like to try it yourself, you can visit this guide for more information.
Add a Cabana
If your yard gets a lot of sun, and you want a place to avoid it, consider building a backyard cabana. A cabana is essentially four pillars with a roof on top, providing anyone underneath it with some shade (or shelter from rain). If you have the space, you can even make a large cabana, complete with outdoor seating, outdoor kitchen equipment, and more. Cabanas are great when you put them poolside, but can work in a lot of other situations as well.
Relax in a Hot Tub
When the cool Summer nights arrive – or even on those cold Winter nights – nothing is better than having a hot tub to relax in. Hot tubs are typically easier to maintain than pools, and provide you with an excellent reason to spend some time in your yard. When putting in a hot tub, consider any privacy issues with your neighbors, along with how far the walk is to get back inside. Running from the tub into your home on a cold Winter night isn’t pleasant, so try to avoid it if you can.
Change the Landscape
Perhaps the issue with your yard isn’t what’s in it, but with the yard itself. If you don’t like the way your yard looks or its structure, consider making some changes. Maybe you want to level off parts of the lawn, or add some trees and bushes. Think about large changes such as changing the landscape itself, along with how you want things to look – such as using rock architecture in landscaping. Changing the entire yard around isn’t always cheap, but if it gets you to enjoy your yard more, it is likely worth the cost.
Add Some Lights and Music
Two things that are easy to add to any yard are lights and music. Outdoor lighting allows you to use your yard more frequently at night, as is typically easy to hang up. String lights are a great addition to any patio or deck, solar lights are great along walkways, and flood lights are perfect when you need a lot of lighting.
As for music, some outdoor speakers are really all you need, along with your phone or computer. If you want your speakers to blend into the decor, consider getting some speakers that look like rocks. If you’re not concerned with that, any outdoor speakers are fine, and will likely make a big difference at your next party.
Give Yourself Some Privacy
Finally, with all of these new additions to your outdoor space, you’ll want the privacy to enjoy them. If your neighbors are close by, or if your space is next to a street, consider adding in some privacy measures. Fences work great, as do tall bushes and trees. Talk to a landscaper and see if they have any ideas. You’ll also need to know the exact boundaries of your yard, along with local laws about how close you can build to them, so that you don’t encroach on your neighbor’s property.
Start Working on Your Yard Today
Winter is almost over, making now the best time to work on your yard. By thinking about what you want to do, and taking some steps to prepare, you can have a yard you want to spend time in as soon as Spring arrives. As you can see, it doesn’t take much to change your yard, and you can even do it on a budget. All it takes is a little creativity, some planning, and some willingness to do the work yourself.