If you enjoy being outdoors with family and friends, you can turn your back yard into an inviting space with creative planning and design ideas. Whether you prefer family cookouts, outdoor activities with the kids, or just relaxing with a good book, you can create an outdoor living area where you’ll love spending your time.
To create a back yard that’s inviting, functional, and comfortable, you’ll need proper planning. It’s important to think about how you want to use your back yard, the size of your back yard, and your budget. Before you begin, ask yourself some important questions that will guide your design plans.
How Do You Want to Use Your Back Yard?
If you enjoy entertaining family and friends outdoors, you need to create an inviting backyard setting with amenities for guests. A deck or patio that’s adjacent to the house will provide comfortable areas for cooking and dining, as well as casual conversations. If your budget allows, consider adding a cozy fireplace and an outdoor kitchen that will make outdoor entertaining more comfortable and convenient. An outdoor fireplace will create a comfortable spot where guest can mingle and stay warm on chilly evenings, and an outdoor kitchen will make cooking, dining and cleanup much easier.
How Large is Your Back Yard?
Once you determine how you want to use your back yard, make sure it will accommodate your needs and design plans. If you have a spacious back yard, you can include more outdoor features without making areas feel crowded. Consider adding a relaxing outdoor spa, garden waterfall or warm fire pit. With a small back yard, it’s best to minimize outdoor features so you the yard doesn’t feel crowded and you don’t lose the small amount of grassy areas that you have. A lush, green landscape adds natural appeal and relaxing ambiance to any back yard, even a small one.
What is Your Budget?
If you look through design magazines and online design sites, you’ll probably find a lot of great backyard design ideas that you love for your home. However, when you start to research actual costs to implement those designs, you may find that they are not within your budget. Before you make backyard design plans and find contractors, it’s important to establish a realistic budget. Talk to local contractors about your wants and needs and your budget. They can help you with design ideas, construction costs, and materials that complement your home and fit your budget.