Contrary to popular belief, backyard renovations don’t have to always be extremely expensive. They don’t require anything disruptive like hiring drill and blast companies — although these would definitely be your best bet if you’re planning on installing a swimming pool, digging for a deep well, or trying to level solid rock into a flat surface — to terraform your backyard into something that you consider workable. As with all things, there are always cheaper alternatives that don’t necessarily skimp on quality.
Summer may soon end, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the last rays of sun of the season. These are some of the most cost-effective backyard renovation projects that you can do.
1. The Concrete Concealment
This applies to any backyard that has a plain concrete patio. Concrete is boring and too plain for it to be of any aesthetic value. You can consider painting the concrete with a masonry stain of your choosing. Brick tends to look best when it’s contrasted with slate floor tiles, which you can install using Versabond.
2. Set Definite Borders
This is a rather simple, yet effective way of upping the style points of your backyard. You simply add dividers that mark the borders of each living area. For example, you can make a path using pebbles and stones to separate the lounge area from the garden. The important thing to note here is to create a transition between spaces — it’s a similar principle to color blocking.
3. Make a Path
Pavers are the material of choice when creating paths around your backyard, however you can up the ante by using crushed rocks instead. I highly recommend using white crushed rocks to create a stark contrast between the brown of the soil, the green of the leaves, and the white of the path.
4. Plant Greens
Plants are a great way to give your backyard a fresher look. Not only do they create a sense of calmness, they also provide an avenue for life to thrive in. Flowers and plants attract butterflies and bees, and these can be considered moving accessories to your backyard. Plants also work great when contrasted against wooden structures.
- Put Up a Trellis
Speaking of wooden structures, a trellis is a structure that can definitely add some spice to your backyard aesthetic. Trellises are best used to mark the entrance of a vegetable bed or a sitting area. Depending on the shape of your garden’s layout, these can also be used as a focal point when placed in the center of your garden. As I mentioned earlier, plants and wooden structures are some of the best contrasts that you can use to give your backyard bonus style points.
6. Make Use of Mulch
You can give your flower beds a uniform, clean look by adding similar-colored mulch. Apart from the aesthetic advantages, adding mulch also helps supply your plants with nutrients as well as blocks the growth of weeds.
Backyard renovations don’t necessarily have to be expensive. It’s really just a matter of picking your materials properly, as well as knowing how to effectively use the space that you currently have.