How to spruce up your backyard on a budget

How to spruce up your backyard on a budget

Summer is here and what better way to enjoy the evening sunset than by sitting outside and enjoying an ice cold beverage on your newly renovated outdoor patio. Although it may sound like a time-consuming task or even one that you cannot afford, think again. Every home with a backyard has the ability to be the beautiful work of art that you see in a magazine. And, all it requires is a little bit of time and creativity.

Before you know it, you’ll have a brand new area ideal for entertaining guests or eating dinner at. Here are some tips for sprucing up your outside area, providing you with the clean, new space that you need.

  • Define your space

Now that you have the space, try to determine what you are going to be using it for. Once you know that, you’ll easily be able to decorate the space accordingly. For example, is it going to be used for a cooking area, a lounging around area, a play area for your kiddies and pets or something completely different?

This is the ultimate opportunity to treat yourself and your guests by decorating your outside area to be a beautiful extension of your home. From gardening and furniture to accessories, this space requires little tweaks that’ll make a big difference. You don’t even need to purchase new items if you can’t afford to do so, just repurpose old furniture or reposition it with accessories to make it pop.

Another good tip is to find a storage alternative to store all the unwanted goodies laying around which may interfere with your building or decorating space. The point is just to really bridge the gap between your home and your patio. Make your space multifunctional and less cramped.

  • Concrete is the best option

Avoid water shortages by covering up the existing, horrible looking grass with concrete. The initial thought might not suit your taste, but there are so many ways to use concrete along with pebbles and stones to make the are look fresh and neat. Nowadays, you can stain the concrete to be a colour that matches the rest of your home. Preferably a neutral colour. Also, consider incorporating some mosaic patterns in between the concrete or stones for best possible outdoor effect.

  • Grow or create your own little garden

With or without grass, the possibility of having a small garden section is always there. In fact, this is a very important aspect of any outdoor environment. Greenery doesn’t necessarily have to be ground planted flowers and plants, you can build a herb garden or vegetable patch. If not, you can purchase a few pot plants to plant your own flowers. For something that requires less maintenance, opt for succulent plants. They can be in a hanging form, or in their own pots. Both look beautiful and need little attention.

  • Don’t forget about the furniture

Purchasing the right furniture for your outdoor patio can really enhance the look and feel of your space. Ideally, you’d want to create an area of comfort and relaxation. And, finding seating that is both affordable and good-looking is quite the challenge. Yard benches are always the best option, especially if you’re not looking to overspend on outdoor furniture. They’re good quality, vintage in looks and perfect to relax on under the stars. Ready-to-assemble tables and chairs are other affordable options, as these items come in a variety of different colours and styles.

  • Make the most of your wall space

Now that you’ve got your flooring down with some greenery and lovely furniture… something is missing. If you feel that the area looks naked, try and maximise your wall space by putting outdoor friendly accessories up. If your garden space suddenly looks crowded, take away some of the pot plants and move them closer to the wall. If this is not an option, try and run fairy lights across the wall, or pin up some pallet wood where you can to plant little flowers in. This will make the wall space look full and creative.

In conclusion

It’s difficult to budget for an outdoor project, which is why you need to try and take what you have and repurpose items in different ways. For example, if you already have pot plants, try painting them to inject them with new life. These types of projects require skills and a well thought out plan, so be sure to do your research or consult with a landscaping company for any tips and tricks. In order to create the beautiful, tranquil space you’ve been dreaming of, you need to be prepared to dedicate your time and energy into making it look like a Pinterest post. In the end, it’s something you’ll be proud of.

 

Photo by Tobyotter

Authored by: Pete Anderson

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