Do you have a great outdoor space but don’t quite have an idea what to do with it? There is no better addition to a wonderful home than a beautiful backyard. Take a look at our top suggestions on how to turn your yard into a space you will love to spend time in.
Add a splash of water
Nothing adds a touch of luxury to a yard like water. There are plenty of ways you can incorporate it into your yard, depending on your space, budget, and preferences. If you have a spacious garden, a pool can be a lifesaver during the summer heat. For those who can’t have a pool, there are other solutions. You could create a true outdoor haven with a luxurious 2 person outdoor spa. Truly tiny patios could probably feature a gorgeous little fountain or even a bird bath. If you have a lawn, make sure you investigate modern sprinkler systems to save on your water bills and help the environment.
Green is good
There’s probably nothing better you could do with your yard but turn it into your very own green oasis. It’s precious, especially if you spend a lot of time in urban areas. Try your hand at gardening, if you need a hobby. Once you get going, it’s not that difficult, and there are plenty of plants that are strong enough to withstand a few beginner’s blunders. If you have plenty of free space, turn it into an orchard. Not only does it look (and smell) heavenly, it is also sustainable. Why eat fruit flown in from the other side of the world, or pay through your nose for local, organic produce? Wouldn’t it be much nicer to pick the fruit for your morning smoothie straight off the tree? An herb and vegetable garden is a similar option that takes up less space and you can quit it after a year, if you find it’s not for you. Even if you only have a patio, you can still use potted plants to add a welcome touch of green.
Make it fun for the kids
If you have young kids, a big yard is a true blessing. Although the benefits of being outside are widely known, our kids just don’t spend enough time outdoors. How about making it more appealing to them? Depending on their age, you could make many additions to lure them outside. Younger children will relish their very own tree house. A swing and a smaller slide is another great option. If your kids are a bit older, a basketball hoop is a cheap way to keep them occupied and get them to exercise more.
Make cozy nooks
A beautiful yard is hardly useful if there’s nowhere to sit. If you have a patio, or even a flat piece of lawn, think about investing in some comfortable garden furniture. Choose pieces or sets that are made from quality, durable materials that will be able to withstand the influence of the elements. Depending on the amount of space you have (as well as the size of your family), it could be smart to get a bigger table. Al fresco meals, especially breakfast might just become your new favorite thing. If you have a large garden or an orchard, placing benches in random corners is a wonderful idea. Just imagine being able to curl up on a comfy bench amidst the flowers and read your favorite book.
Create some shade
There are many different ways to create some much-needed shade in your yard. Of course, the most beautiful is tree shade. However, trees take years to grow big enough. Plant some, but in the meantime, until they’re big enough, you can use different methods. A trellis or pergola would probably be the next best thing. Although they are not quite a tree, climbers like roses or grapevine will lend them a fairytale look. If that seems like too much work, you can create a wonderful effect using shade sails, or sun umbrellas.
Too often yards don’t really get used much. If you take the time and effort to style it, it will become a favorite spot for the whole family.