5 Ways to Transform Your Backyard


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A backyard offers all forms of potential, so it might be time to do something if yours is nothing more than grass. Fortunately, a backyard makeover doesn't have to be expensive to be luxurious. Through a few smart improvements and additions, you can transform your outdoor space into a favorite gathering area, a private retreat where you can relax and unwind after a long day, or a playground for your kids. Here are some ways to spruce up your backyard.


1. Add shade with a gazebo

A gazebo can add charm to your backyard, especially if you want to change your usual deck or patio. Used as a dining or entertaining area, a gazebo can also add shade and shield you from direct sun rays so you can cool down on a hot summer afternoon.

Most companies offer prefabricated gazebos made of vinyl, but these structures don't offer the beauty of a custom-designed gazebo. On the other hand, hiring a custom gazebo builder gives you endless options. You can decide on the size, color, shape, and number of features you want to add.


2. Set up a fountain

Adding a water feature is a great way to add value to your home garden without costing you much and taking up a lot of space. Consider setting up a small pond surrounded by a rock garden or a fantastic birdbath which can help in attracting birds to the area. Due to the nature of how they are created, water features do come with added maintenance. For instance, if you have a koi pond, you need to care for the structure and the fish that inhabit it.


3. Create a pathway

A stone pathway is an easy and cheap way to add a flare to your backyard. Choose stones that match your home and a rock that is practical for your backyard. For instance, if your pathway will be near a pool, pick textured rocks, so they don't get slippery when wet. Once you choose your material, lay and level the stones. Install a weed barrier and fill it with pebbles or mulch. Consider adding lights or lanterns along the path to make your pathway unique.


4. Invest in custom lighting

People usually don't use the backyard during the daytime. Your friends may want to throw an outdoor party in the evening, maybe before gathering around the fire pit. Adding custom lighting is one way you make your backyard friendly for evening soirees. You can buy solar or LED lights and install them yourself, which will also save on your electric bill. In addition, you can hang string lights in your backyard to add to the ambiance.


5. Add a seating area

Outdoor seating is a popular and crucial backyard makeover. You can't create an ultimate entertaining area without places to sit. You can build your own seats with wooden pallets or invest in rocking chairs. Alternatively, you can always create a designated seating area with bricks or gravel that can visually set the space apart.



Knowing which features to add to your backyard mostly depends on your preference. You might consider creating a place for kids when they are small or a fireplace for hosting evening parties. Feel free to explore all the options available and allow yourself to dream a little since a backyard can be one of your favorite areas for relaxing and hosting events.