Designing a family-friendly outdoor space is no easy task. With so many things to consider, many homeowners see this project as daunting. You need to make sure that there is enough space for everyone, it has to look good…oh, and let’s not forget that not all of us have the money for expensive upgrades and state-of-the-art additions for our backyards. However, designing your private retreat doesn’t require you to break the bank – with these six upgrades, you can easily turn your plain, dull backyard into a gorgeous family oasis. Read on to get inspired!
Create a playground for the children
When designing your outdoor space, the first thing you need to do is to devote certain areas to your family members. Let’s start with the children. If you have smaller children, you’ll need to separate a portion of your yard that’s going to be reserved for their outdoor activities. Consider adding a sandbox where they can build castles and play in the sand, and a swing or a slide to keep them entertained. If you have older children, add a hammock, a weather-proof woven rug, and some additional seating for when their friends come over to play.
Design a patio for relaxing
When we come home after work or school, all we want to do is go to our hideaway place to relax and unwind. For many of us, that place is our backyard where we can enjoy out in the open, breathing fresh air and letting go of our worries. Therefore, it’s important to dedicate one part of your yard to a lounging area. You can visually separate the area by using quick set concrete as outdoor flooring –durable and highly-resistant, concrete is a material that doesn’t require maintenance and will fit perfectly in any backyard. Add a couple of comfy chairs, some soft seat cushions, and a coffee table and you’re all set – now, you can easily relax in the privacy of your own outdoor oasis.
Add some plants to boost your home’s curb appeal
Nothing will freshen up your outdoor space than adding some plants and trees to your backyard. A powerful landscaping tool, a nice, well-groomed garden will boost your home’s curb appeal, and make your home look more appealing and welcoming. Shrubs, hedges, and climbing roses are all great landscaping ideas that can make your outdoor area look more attractive. They’ll also provide you with some privacy so you can rest assured you have all the backyard to yourself. If you’re looking for some low-maintenance landscaping solutions, consider growing perennials – from timeless, luscious peonies to the unusually beautiful bleeding hearts, their subtle charm, vivacious colors, and fragrant blooms really make you stop and smell the flowers.
Build an outdoor kitchen for al fresco eating
When warm, sunny days arrive, we all head outside and spend most of our time out in the fresh air. We also tend to eat outside more, and all family gatherings start to take place out in the open. Birthdays, celebrations, barbecues – all these events have something in common, and that is – food. We all know what a hassle it is to have to bring the food outside, always forgetting something along the way. That is why you should consider building an outdoor kitchen in your backyard. You’ll save time and energy by not running in and out of the house, and you can also interact and communicate with the guests while you’re preparing food – how awesome is that?
Include a shed to store your belongings
A shed is a necessary component of every backyard. Whether you use it to store your lawn mower, your gardening tools, or your children’s bicycles and toys, a shed will provide additional storage for anything you need to put under the roof to protect it from various weather conditions. Also, less clutter means a clean, more appealing yard. Another reason why every home needs a shed is that it’ll provide a space for keeping your things safe. Thieves target yards that offer valuable rewards, so make sure you keep everything valuable under lock and key so you can have peace of mind.
Add a fire pit for a touch of warmth
Want to make your outdoor space a bit cozier? Have you given any thought to adding a fire pit to your backyard? There are many reasons why fire pits are something that no yard should do without. The main reason why homeowners decide to include fire pits into their backyards is their versatility. Fire pits are a great decorating tool – they illuminate the outdoor space at night and are a source of heat when the temperatures drop at night. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can even make your own DIY fire pit. They are perfect for outdoor entertaining as people tend to gather around the fire, talk about their anecdotes and share a laugh over the flickering flames. You can also use it to roast marshmallows, as well as cook BBQ – what more can you wish for?
There you go – the best six upgrades you can tackle this summer to turn your backyard into a place that is perfect for spending quality time with your family. Now, all you have to do is choose the ideas you like the most, roll up your sleeves, and start building!