The summer just arrived, and you what that means? Well, aside from spending pleasant times on a beach… Yes, you have finally got an opportunity to get your hands dirty, do some serious renovation, and bring back joy into your backyard. The good news is that you will not even have to spend too much money to do that. Supplies are accessible, and DIY initiative is as appreciated as ever, so there is no real reason to postpone works for the next year. Let us see what you can do to bring summer into your backyard.
Create New and Innovative Planters
Planters are small, relatively easy to handle and can do wonders for your backyard. They can be made virtually out of anything: An old bicycle with hanged flower baskets? Check. The old stump that is ruining your garden? Decorate it and mark it. Check. The old wooden wheelbarrow? You can plant flowers into one. If you prefer more clean and urban look, why you would not use cinderblocks instead? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Love the movie “Cocktail”? Neither do we, but that shouldn't prevent you from trying to emulate its vivid setting in your backyard. Find enough reclaimed wood, give it a paint job, and use it to create your own outdoor bar. From there on, you can go as far as you want. Whether you are going to install adequate lighting, use the remaining wood to create flagstone pavers, or even build an improvised stage where you can have fun with your friends is entirely up to you.
Build a Fire Pit
Fire pits are great addition to every backyard, and for a number of reasons, too. They can introduce a certain exotic flavour into your backyard, provide both light and warmth, and moreover are a great addition to any outdoor barbecue or gathering with friends and family. Building one is neither hard nor expensive, so you should not hesitate to throw it into the mix. Believe it or not, one of those will significantly increase the value of your property.
Reinvent Your Pathways and Driveway
Pathways have the ability to influence the vibe in which your backyard conveys. Depending upon what you want to achieve, you can make them scarce (blank spaces will leave you enough room for smaller plants or mulch), solid (with broad stone pavers), clean (a lot of bright sandstones) or, if you are aiming for the more naturalistic look, almost non-existent. Due to the structural conventions in which driveways must conform to, the flexibility associated with them is somewhat limited. Despite this, with the right choice of material and refreshing driveway paints, you can mould your driveway to suit the overall look you are going for.
Enjoy the Movies in the Backyard Cinema
The biggest investment you will need to make during your summer backyard renovation is a projector. If you are short of money, always choose ones with the higher lumen output over those with higher resolution. Everything else can be improvised. The screen can be made out of any flat, white surface. The seating chosen should allow you and your friends to be comfortable, for example bean bags and hammocks.
Those were our top five ideas for refreshing your backyard in the wake of the most vivid season of the year. Be free to give your own twist to them, or throw in some entirely new things; just make sure this summer counts.