As the weather starts to warm up, many are looking to see how they can spend time outside. Make the most of your outdoor property area by designing recreational and leisure spaces for family members and friends. You don’t need to pay a fortune to convert your backyard into a fun place to spend at least three seasons of the year. Here are a few backyard design ideas to think about as you plan your exciting new project.
Add a Porch
Depending on your budget and style preference, you can have a back porch added to your house for a covered area with fresh air access. You might want to have it screened in or have it partly walled with added windows. A porch is great for reading, having a meal, or taking a nap. Hang a porch swing or add a glider for gentle motion. Loved ones of all ages will enjoy the semi-privacy, especially if you secure the porch with a screen door or storm door that can be locked.
Plan a Patio
Starting with a concrete slab or a brick foundation, a patio offers a backyard getaway for a barbecue, a picnic, or a chaise lounge for enjoying occasional fresh air and sunshine. Decorative flowerpots and hanging plants can create a fairy bower for children’s playtime or adults’ leisure. A patio also makes a great location for storing basic gardening tools, like a watering can and a weed-digging trowel along with handy garden gloves.
Build a Deck
A deck build offers you more access to the fresh air and sunshine than a porch might. A wooden deck built onto your home provides an area for sunbathing, watching holiday fireworks, and keeping an eye on the kids as they play in the yard. You may enjoy decorating your deck for the holidays and setting up umbrellaed tables with chairs for cozy snacks or fun parties.
Plant a Garden
Turn your backyard into an English garden with roses, pansies, and a host of other Victorian plants and foliage. You might prefer a nature escape with fruit trees, blooming florals, ground cover like ivy, and a birdbath or a birdhouse. A garden offers natural beauty and easy decor when you’re hosting parties in the backyard.
You could also plant a conventional vegetable garden as a family project, which is a wonderful way to teach kids and grandchildren about self-sufficiency and natural foods.
Put your backyard to good use by creating the type of place your friends and family members will enjoy relaxing and entertaining.