If you feel that your backyard leaves a lot to be desired, it’s time to start thinking about a makeover. To help you revive your outdoor space, here are six backyard renovation ideas. Implement some of these tips and you’ll be ready to enjoy the Australian summers once again.
1. Add Decking
A simple way to upgrade your yard is installing a wooden deck. It extends your living space and gives you an outdoor area to host birthday parties and family gatherings. If you have a raised deck, you could consider installing glass balustrades to give you an unobscured view of the scenery that surrounds your home.
The best part about decking is that it won’t break the bank. The materials are relatively cheap and the installation method isn’t that complicated. In fact, the installation process is so simple that many homeowners do it as a DIY project.
If you design it right, a wooden deck can increase the value of your home. Common decking materials include treated pine and Australian hardwoods like jarrah and spotted gum. If you have the budget, you can even consider materials like composite, plastic or aluminum. These man-made materials often have long lifespans, enabling you to keep your deck looking for many years to come without the maintenance requirements of timber.
2. Consider Paving
Having a backyard that’s just covered with plain grass is boring. With good quality pavers, you’ll be able to take your outdoor space to a whole new level. Pavers act as a solid foundation for various backyard activities. For example, travertine pavers are non-slip, making them perfect for your poolside. They also has a light hazy pattern on the surface, giving you outdoor space a simple yet stylish look.
If you have a backyard pond, you can install concrete stepping stones. With concrete, you will be able to choose the colour and design of the pavers. This makes it easy to match various home designs.
Bluestone and limestone pavers are great if you’re looking for a durable flooring material for your outdoor kitchen or patio. These pavers are easy to maintain and will last you for a long time.
3. Make it Multi-purpose
If you have children or pets, it’s a good idea to make your backyard space multi-purpose. This way you’ll be able to use the space to host kids parties or backyard dinner parties.
One way to create a multi-purpose backyard is to use a versatile flooring material. A great example of this is artificial grass. Synthetic grass is non-slip, low maintenance and looks indistinguishable from real grass. In comparison to other natural materials, artificial turf is also relatively soft. It’s perfect for play-areas, poolsides and even backyard putting greens.
When it comes to furniture, consider using folding chairs and tables. You’ll be able to put them away when not in use or when you need more space in your backyard. Alternatively, you can buy furniture that doubles as storage space, allowing you to put away your children’s toys when you’re hosting guests.
4. Make it Drought-tolerant
In Australia, it’s becoming more and more important to conserve water. You can help the cause by making your garden water-wise and drought-tolerant.
A great way to do this is to have plants that don’t require a lot of water. Luckily, there are a number of low-maintenance plants that offer a lot of aesthetic appeal. For example, succulents and cacti can thrive even during dry seasons. The Echeveria species and the Crassula campfire in particular are great options for any type of garden.
You can also plant trees or install a fixed gazebo to provide shade for your plants. Yes, your garden needs sunlight for photosynthesis. However, too much heat can actually cause damage to your plants. By providing shade, you’re reducing the effects of evaporation and improving the soil’s water retention.
5.Turn it into a Lounging Area
If you want your outdoor space to be a place of calm, you can install a pergola or extend the verandah to create more outdoor lounging space.
Nowadays, many installation companies use polycarbonate, a transparent/translucent roofing material that provides heat resistance, ultraviolet protection and infrared protection. In the summer, these features allow plenty of light to flow into the area while also maintaining a cool temperature.
A cool and well-lit patio is the perfect place for some quiet reading. If you were to add a couple of loungers and a coffee table, it could become a haven for those who love their ‘me time’. If you want, you can even turn it into an open game room by setting up a pool table or a dart board.
6. Set up a Vegetable Garden
Want your backyard to be a place or work instead of relaxation? Why not try a vegetable garden? This is a great way to grow your own fresh veggies and while also starting a new, fulfilling hobby.
First, you have to decide where to put your garden. As a general rule, your garden should get at least six hours of full sun each day. Take a good look at your backyard and pick the area that gets the most sunlight. Remember to take into account changing seasons as well. Your vegetables will need sufficient sunlight even during the winter season.
Next, you have to set up the garden. This includes removing the sod, turning the soil and laying down the mulch. You can section off the area with string or rope.
Use these ideas to bring new life to your outdoor spaces. Some of these you’ll be able to implement yourself as a DIY project. However, if you’re thinking about something a bit more complicated, like adding a pergola or a patio, consider hiring a professional worker. This will ensure that the structure is properly installed and adheres to government regulations. With these changes, your backyard will be ready for some summer fun.6.