Things to Consider When Renovating Your Backyard

Is your backyard overgrown? Does it need a serious makeover? You can bring a boring and dull backyard back to life with a thoughtful plan in mind. Striving for a beautiful backyard is achievable with the right mindset. Whether it’s time for an update or a complete renovation, here are a few things to consider.

How much space do you have?

Most of us dream about having that perfect backyard oasis. However, depending on how much space is available, your options may be limited. If you have a smaller area to work with, try creating a space with a single purpose. An outdoor lounge space is a great way to end a hectic day and unwind underneath some stars.

Alternatively, with a larger area, you can break up your yard into distinct areas. A pool here, fire feature there and so on. Try to make most of the space you have without cramming everything you desire. No matter your ideas, a well thought out floor plan will make sure you move from one area to the next with ease. With careful planning, your backyard can be transformed into an area that is commonly used and enjoyed for many years.

How do you currently use the space?

As you stand back and look at your yard, are you satisfied with its current function or is it neglected? Before you start brainstorming some drastic ideas, think about how you would really like to use your exterior space.

A golf green may help your putting technique but how often would it be used? If you live in a warmer climate, how likely are you to plunge into a hot tub? Try to re-imagine your space. Think about your lifestyle and how you would like to incorporate purpose into your outdoor space.

What kind of entertaining do you need or love?

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There are many ways to add functionality. But, one thing to be mindful of is if you have young children or pets, you may need to leave some soft grass for them. Love hosting backyard parties? A good flow from the barbecue to the dining table will prevent any fumbling and stumbling.

You’ll also need to think about where your guests will be sitting and how much seating is required. A pocket backyard can be transformed into a cozy outdoor nook with plush pillows and soft cushions. It’s a sure-fire way to fully indulge and relax for those who love to read a good book. Ensure your outdoor space becomes an extension of your home, one that attracts you and welcomes you.

What is your budget?

Most importantly, stay within your budget. It’s easy to lose yourself in the details as you picture your outdoor retreat. But are you willing to overspend without the guilt? Do your research, compare costs, talk to a friend or family member who has gone through a backyard renovation. Keep in mind that there may be some unexpected costs that arise.

Depending on the landscape, maintenance may also be required and of course, that’s an added cost. Renovations can be pricey, and if you’re planning a major overhaul you can always try to renovate in phases. Start with what you would really like to have or your main function and bridge out from there. Use a detailed spreadsheet and update as you go to keep you on track. In any case, planning ahead and understanding the costs of a renovation can help keep your bank account in order and retain a smile on your face

With all things considered, your backyard is on its way to becoming a useful and beautiful oasis for you and your family to enjoy. Keeping a few things in check will provide you with the greatest satisfaction knowing that you’ve mapped out this progress. In short, just a little bit of brainstorming and answering your own questions will go a long way.

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