Let’s be honest: One of the joys of being a homeowner — or even a renter of a house — is having an outdoor space where you can relax, entertain, or just enjoy the fresh air. That additional space can make a huge difference in the feel of your entire home. But if your backyard leaves you feeling less than inspired and doesn’t offer much in terms of function or enjoyment, it’s time to make some changes. Here are a few different ways you can re-design your outdoor space so it becomes a part of your “living space.”
Create Different Areas of the Yard
The first thing you’ll want to do is organize your ideas and desires for your space. Rather than just tackling projects and ideas as they pop into your head, it’s a good idea to form a logical plan, and even a drawing, of how you want things to look. For many homeowners with yard space, they want to be able to use it for a variety of purposes, which means creating separate areas and spaces. For example, if you have kids, you can consider creating a play space for them. If you like cooking and dining outdoors, then you’ll want to set up an outdoor kitchen. If you enjoy hosting parties, it’s also a good idea to create some sort of entertaining space where you can sit and socialize with family and friends.
Create a Single Focal Point
In order for the yard to flow and make sense, it’s also a good idea to have one main focal point, like Aaron’s African huts here. These huts can act as a perfect place to share drinks, socialize, and even enjoy a little shade on a hot summer’s day. If you start adding too many big features and focal points around the yard, it will end up feeling closed in and overly busy.
Add Some Privacy
This could realistically be the very first item on the list, especially if you have neighbors. If part of the problem is that your yard lacks in privacy, you’ll definitely want to consider putting up a privacy fence. If fencing isn’t in the budget or doesn’t interest you, invest in privacy shrubs and greenery too in order
to create a separation between your home and the outside world with a more natural feel.
Think of Lighting as a Design Feature
Rather than looking at lighting as just an essential so you can see in the dark, think about ways that you
can use lighting as a design feature. Lighting can be used to create drama, set the atmosphere, and even
highlight various features and areas of the yard and/or house. And outdoor spaces are the perfect place to utilize solar powered or LED lighting, so your new design won’t add much to your home’s electric bill.
Keep the Yard Free of Clutter
Of course, this new yard space can only be enjoyed if it is kept organized and free of clutter. Nothing ruins a beautiful space faster than a mess, and this can be particularly true in outdoor spaces where you may be tempted to leave bikes, outdoor toys and more. Keeping it neat and tidy may mean you need to add a small shed for storage and bring in your outdoor furniture when the weather changes so you can keep them in good condition.
With these tips, a little imagination, and some hard work, you’ll be able to completely transform the way
your yard looks and the way you use it. You will be able to extend your living space and start enjoying the outdoor living lifestyle.