Fire up the grill, text your family and friends, and impress everyone with your backyard makeover, complete with the projects you did yourself. Never done a DIY project? This is the season to shine.
“Wow” Your Guests with These DIY Outdoor Features
If you want to make-over your backyard for the spring and summer seasons, you don’t need to have a huge backyard. Here are some ideas that work for all backyards, but are ideal for smaller backyard spaces:
- Simple Landscaping:
You can do a lot with landscaping and it all depends what look you prefer. For instance, if you like the look of a full flower garden, plant a mix of perennial and annual flowers and plants so you have an extended blooming season.
Another great, low-maintenance idea is to replace your lawn with plants, flowers, and features, such as a small pond. Initially, the transformation may be heavy workload, but the overall upkeep will be much easier. Bonus: Less lawn means less mowing.
- Patio Space:
Another way to get more from your small yard space is by putting in a small patio space, perfect for setting up a table and chairs or as a platform for a small
fire pit. While the cost of building a patio can vary greatly, depending on the price and quantity of pavers, it’s a project that anyone can successfully tackle without a professional landscaping background.
- Easy Project for Safety and Night Visibility:
When you’re hosting a backyard soiree, the last thing you want is your guests tripping over uneven surfaces in the dark. If you have installed a simple walkway in your backyard, it’s natural for some of the stones to become loose, uneven or have some undesired extra spaces. Rather than leaving it as is (a tripping hazard), paint some small rocks with glow-in-the-dark paint to fill the spaces or go the easier route and buy acrylic glow-in-the-dark pebbles.
What You Can Do with a Bigger Backyard Space
The bigger the space, the bigger the possibilities. With a large backyard, there’s more room for kids to play. Why devote the whole backyard to a jungle gym for the kids? Rather than devoting your yard to one age group, why not choose some DIY projects that will be fun for all ages? Here are some ideas, remember cost and time may vary based on materials and expertise:
- Giant Scrabble Board:
Transform your existing patio into a supersized Scrabble board by painting the patio tiles to match the game board. For the letter tiles, transform cheap bathroom tiles by simply painting the letter and score point.
- Bocce Ball Court:
Bocce ball is a fun and competitive backyard game that is suitable for most ages. While it can be played on a grassy lawn, you can impress your friends and up your game by building your own bocce ball court; you’ll need space, skill, and money as this project isn’t easy or cheap. However, one can always have DIY goals!
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A Note on Safety
Inspired to transform your backyard on your own? Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you should always think about your own safety as well as the safety of your guests to prevent any injury or mishaps. According to Kelly & Soto Law, if someone is injured on your property, you are a responsible party and are financially responsible for any personal injuries that may occur. Have fun with your DIY projects, but make sure that there is no tripping, slipping, or falling hazards.