Backyard Remodeling

Most backyards include a patio area and perhaps a lawn. But there are many parts to a backyard that can make it more personal and enjoyable. From a warm fireplace or fire pit, to a pool for cooling off, backyards are all unique and include many different elements. You can see the options for backyards below and dive into their various price points, what affects their cost, and how to get one within your budget.

What do you use your yard for most often? Whether you use your yard primarily for entertaining, recreation, relaxation, or some combination thereof, dividing your yard will make it look more put together and up its functionality. Define your space by rearranging or adding to your backyard accoutrements. Divide spaces with decorative planters, garden beds, or a trellis. You may also want to invest in a garden shed where you can store pool supplies, kids’ toys, or your grill when they aren’t in use. Add soft lighting—like yellow string lights—to complete the ambiance.

If you’re thinking about sprucing up your patio or landscape now that warm weather is on the way, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 18 percent of U.S. homeowners plan a patio or landscape addition or replacement in the next two years.

As with any renovation project, it’s important to plan ahead so that you can enjoy your space throughout the season, without the guilt of spending more than you wanted.

Are you a gardner? Do you like to entertain outside? Do you have kids or pets that need a special place to play? All of these factors should be considered when coming up with a plan for your landscape or patio remodel. For landscapes specifically, you should also consider the time and resources needed for maintaining your yard. If you’re not a gardener but want a high-maintenance landscape, be prepared to hire a professional maintenance company to handle the upkeep.

Before digging up your yard you should also think about your design style. To match the outside with the inside, bring some of the same indoor architectural and interior design details — for example square shapes, or a specific stone, or the color red — to your outdoor plans.

It’s easy to lose yourself in the details once you start picturing your outdoor oasis but understanding the parameters you have to work within will save you time and money later. When it comes to your budget, consider how much you are willing to spend on your remodel. Does this take into account any ongoing, professional maintenance you might need? As with any renovation project, don’t neglect to account for all the pieces of your project and the unexpected costs that may crop up when you start. Avoid scope creep by sticking to your original plan as much as possible; it’s easy to lose track of how all the add-ons (such as an outdoor fire-pit) will impact your budget.

Depending on where you live, you may have homeowner association rules and regulations to consider, such as fence styles or paint colors. Zoning and building codes can really vary by city, state or even neighborhood, and safety should be a particular concern. Be sure you are complying with requirements for elements like deck railing or a fence that faces the street.



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