Time for a Backyard Upgrade Project?
June is the perfect time for a backyard upgrade project or two. It’s deep enough into the summer season to want to be outdoors as much as possible, and still early enough that you can enjoy any additions for many weeks to come.
We’ve learned over the past few years just how important our home and living space really is. Comfort, beauty, and function are key elements to the enjoyment our home, so it makes sense to create a backyard that is an extension of our home.
Here are few backyard upgrades to consider this summer, all of which will bring joy to your outdoor space.
The soothing sound of running water has been used in the practice of meditation for years. What could be better than harnessing that power to create your own backyard oasis?
A water feature can be added to your backyard in a multitude of ways. From a simple birdbath or DIY fountain to an elaborate sculptural masterpiece or a grand scale wildlife pond. Depending on your budget, available space, how much work you want to put in, and the effect you want to create, there are a multitude of options to choose from.
Homes & Gardens has an inspiring list of 11 Water Feature Ideas.
Raised Garden Beds
Interest in getting back to nature and growing our own food has exploded in the past few years. Raised beds are a fantastic way to create a garden in the limited to moderate space of modern yards.
Raised beds are an incredibly flexible backyard upgrade and can be as simple or grand as your little green thumb desires. From a planter stand or upcycled dresser (so cute!) to multitiered beds or full-scale garden enclosure, there is an option to suit every budget and skill level. Including a selection of herbs would also come in handy for the next upgrade idea.
morningchores.com has an exhaustive list of Plans for Raised Garden Beds.
Outdoor Dining Area
Is there anything better than grilling up a tasty meal and then enjoying it al fresco? Adding a second dining space in the backyard creates an opportunity to host gatherings both big and small.
This is another backyard upgrade that can be tailored to suit any budget. Rustic, romantic, festive, or relaxed, you can create an atmosphere to make eating outdoors a pleasure. All you really need is a table and chairs, but it’s easy to dial it up with some stringed lights, comfortable soft décor, a gorgeous grill, or even a fully stocked bar!
Homes & Gardens has a list of 37 Outdoor Dining Ideas for inspiration.
Compliment any outdoor gathering place with an outdoor fireplace or firepit. This backyard upgrade not only creates a cozy atmosphere, but it also extends outdoor season from early spring to late fall by providing warmth on cooler days and evenings.
Once again, adding a fireplace or firepit to your backyard can be scaled to suit your budget and available space. You can keep it simple with something like the ventless Mahana outdoor fireplace. Installation can be quick and easy with a cool-touch enclosure, or take advantage of the Mahana’s zero clearance capability and install anywhere. Even in wood frame and finish areas.
For even more flexibility, go all out with a custom firepit. Available in linear, round and square configurations, the custom Montigo firepit can fill your space with gorgeous flame. Inquire about custom shapes and sizes.
The Spruce has a list of 25 Warm and Cozy Fireplace Designs to spark your own ideas.