From grill-outs to pool parties, home gardening and simply enjoying a bit of the outdoors, we spend a lot of time in our backyards. In a lot of ways, our outdoor spaces are an extension of our homes, and just like we update the interior of our houses from time to time, it’s also important that we periodically update the exterior spaces around them as well.
That’s why we’ve compiled a quick DIY guide that’s sure to inspire and help give your backyard space that much-needed makeover.
Create Attractive Storage
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your backyard is to simply make sure it's clean and organized. Beyond picking up leaves and sticks or the occasional power wash to your patio or deck, that means having somewhere to store your garden hoses, lawn mowers, and other yard equipment securely out of sight.
Outdoor storage sheds are great for this, and they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes to suit your specific needs. They help free up space in your garage and feature all-weather durability for long-lasting, low-maintenance use throughout the year. Many outdoor storage sheds, like the 7 x 7-foot Big Max from Rubbermaid, can be built right into your landscape for an elegant, unobtrusive look that’s as attractive as it is practical.
Break Out the Furniture
What better way to turn your backyard into the perfect gathering space than with some updated outdoor furniture.Outdoor furniture sets these days comprise uniqueandmodern styles ranging from casual tables and chairs to elegant loveseats and ottomans. Patio sets such as the 4-Piece Wicker from Crosley feature weather-resistant cushions and are as comfortable and spacious as the furniture found inside your home.
Add Some Shade
For those hot summer days when you still want to be outside, having a shady place to cool off is a must. Outdoor umbrellas, patio shades, and instant canopy tents are great ways to provide protection from the elements while creating a welcoming sense of style in your backyard that’s ideal for hosting company.
Their diverse assortment of canopy shapes, styles, and colors means you can easily find one to complement every occasion or setting. Lightweight pop-ups are great for an impromptu evening of drinks, while more stable, ornate gazebos like the Sunjoy Fence accentuate your lawn and garden all-season long.
Turn Up the Heat
Fire pits are great backyard additions for any time of year, allowing you to utilize your outdoor area even during chilly night temperatures or cooler fall and winter seasons. Wood burning fire pits provide that classic, smoky campfire feel, but modern propane models, like these from Endless Summer, offer sleek, faux marble designs for an even sharper look.
If you aren’t crazy about dealing with smoke and ash, stand-up patio heaters provide the perfect solution. Like fire pits, they bring hassle-free comfort to large areas, so you can continue enjoying your backyardwhen cool temps arrive.
String Up Some Lights
As any home owner knows, a little bit of well-placed lighting can really set the mood. Drape some string lights down from your pergola or across your patio deck’s railing for a starry-night feel. Some patio umbrellas like Quik Shade’s LED Umbrella even feature built-in lights, letting you enjoy your backyard long after the sun’s gone down.
Adding path lights along your garden paths or stone walkways is another way to beautify your yard while providing a practical, safe way to move about it at night. We love the elegance of the metal lamp housing and old-fashioned glass-bulb design of Moonrays’ Solar-Powered 8-Lumin LED set.
Let the Water Flow
There is an undeniable beauty to outdoor water features, not to mention they add spectacular value to your home. Ponds, waterfalls, streams, fountains, and even birdbaths can all increase the natural feel of your green space. Water features add texture, height, and sometimes literal depth which helps break up the urbaneness of your landscape. Plus, they are a great way to attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard.
And no, you don't have to dig a massive hole. The 16-Inch Aquatic Pond Kit from Aquascape is a great option for homes with limited space. Set up is as simple as hooking up a water supply. It would look great on the corner of a patio, nestled into your landscape, or sitting outside your sliding patio doors.
Make Your Green Space Even Greener
Garden planters are a simple, easy way to bring plants such as flowers or small bushes up closer around your home for a warmer, more inviting appearance. They are built in many shapes and sizes, feature a diverse spectrum of textures and construction materials, and come in virtually any color you can imagine. Some large models even double as a rain water reservoir, allowing you to recycle rain water and reduce your environmental footprint and your water bill.
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