5 Ways to Upgrade Your Backyard
Have you been contemplating adding furniture and outdoor living space to your backyard so you can enjoy entertaining guests outside or relaxing in a beautiful, natural outdoor space? Trying to decide how to upgrade your backyard is exciting. Many different options for outdoor structures and spaces are available, but some of them may better suit your needs than others.
Here are our top 5 ways to upgrade your backyard and create stylish, functional outdoor living space that will add value and beauty to your home:
A pergola is a simple structure that is usually made out of wood but can also be made from other materials. Pergolas use columns and rafters to create an open-air enclosure that can be used many ways.
Smaller pergolas are often used to cover swings, fire pits, or outdoor benches. Large pergolas can cover patios, decks, or gardens. Large pergolas can also be freestanding and include their flooring if you want an entertainment space in the middle of the yard.
Pergolas are also a great choice for upgrading your backyard because they are affordable and are also easy to DIY for many homeowners. Pergolas that are solid wood do take some recurring maintenance such as needed to be sealed every two years and cleaned to avoid mildew and moss from growing on the wood.
Gazebos are classic backyard furniture that most people love. These freestanding structures are usually solid wood but can be made from other materials. Most gazebos are either hexagonal or octagonal, have a skylight, and a solid roof. Gazebos also generally have walls and feel more enclosed than a pergola. Gazebos can be installed with your professional landscaping, or you can purchase DIY kits and try to build one yourself. Many homeowners like to install hot tubs in their gazebos.
Who doesn’t love lounging by the pool on a beautiful day or taking a dip in the cool water when the afternoon is scorching? Swimming pool—in ground or above, make great additions to any backyard and add a lot of value to a home. Swimming pools can also increase the risk assessment of your homeowner's insurance and cause your monthly premium to go up.
A patio is a great addition to your backyard, especially when you have professional landscaping down to compliment. Patios can be attached to the house, garage, garden, or be freestanding. Patios are great spaces for entertainment because their hard surface helps guests stay out of the mud and on flat surfaces. Patios are great for the grill or smoker, a table, and chairs, benches or you can install a pergola over the top of your patio to create a defined outdoor living space.
A deck is similar to a patio but it is raised up from the ground and usually connected to the back of the home or garage. Attaching a deck to an above ground swimming pool is also a popular backyard design. Decks are usually made from solid wood, require maintenance such as staining and resealing every two years.
Once you’ve decided the structures you want to use to upgrade your backyard, consider the furniture and accessories you will fill the structures with. Many people like to have a table and chairs for entertaining, outdoor fireplaces or firepits, hot tubs, loungers, gliders, and a variety of other furniture.
Some of the backyard structures in our list seem like they may be easy to do it yourself, but we always recommend hiring a professional landscaping or outdoor living company to complete your project.
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