If your backyard was a bit more inviting, would you be enjoying it more this summer? With a little planning, making it nicer might be easier than you think. Here are some ideas to help you start thinking about what you might like.
* Add a deck or patio
A well-constructed deck or patio will provide years of outdoor enjoyment while adding value to your home. Plan the space around your lifestyle. Do you want for lounge chairs, a large dining set, a grill, a fire pit, heat lamps, lighting, wireless speakers for music, or a calming water feature?
There are so many good options for deck and patio materials: concrete pavers, wood alternative composite decking that looks like wood, brick, stone or natural wood. The wood composite and concrete pavers especially, provide long lasting beauty and durability with very low maintenance. Both come with a variety of colors and styles, are cost effective, and require only occasional sweeping and hosing.
* Add a visual element
Pergolas, gazebos, fountains, and ponds add sensuality to your yard. And, so does a well-placed stylish bench flanked by flowering terra cotta pots. Creating a focal point in your yard creates interest and adds character to the space.
* Enhance your garden
Cleaning out old planting beds and replacing unsightly plants can completely makeover your outdoor space. Not every yard needs to look like an English countryside garden. A few well-placed perennial shrubs highlighted with seasonal annual color in front can provide a lot of bang for your buck.
* Replace old or broken patio furniture
Rusted, aged or broken patio furniture can be pretty uninviting. These can easily be replaced with attractive comfortable ones that lure you to come, relax and enjoy. Take advantage of the wide array of stylish dining and outdoor family room sets offered in all price ranges.
Now is the time to start enjoying your backyard. Make it a place you can enjoy with family and friends.