1. Build a GazeboWhether you have the budget or not, you’ll find that building a gazebo will completely renovate your outside space and make it almost unrecognizable. As far as prices go, these start from $325, which simply gives you the opportunity to build a DIY gazebo yourself using a kit, leading up to almost $9,000, depending on the materials and overall quality. Of course, there are those wealthy people who do not hesitate to dish out even $30,000 to have a luxurious custom-made gazebo built by professionals. Whatever your choice or budget, we promise you it will be an unforgettable experience when you enjoy your evening coffee or tea, sitting comfortably in your patio armchair under the roof of your gazebo.
2. Pergolas or Simply a Sun Umbrella Will DoIf, on the other hand, your garden is rather small or you just don’t like gazebos, having a pergola installed can prove to be a wonderful idea. Pergolas are quite similar to gazebos. They have an elegant design, surrounded by climbing plants that beautify their structure, but they don’t have a roof, as gazebos do. A sun umbrella can solve that problem though, unless you are one of those people who want to be under the sun all day long, letting your body absorb that highly needed vitamin D. Umbrellas are cheap enough, they don’t take up too much space, and they are also foldable.
3. A Shed is Actually a Great IdeaIf your yard is spacious enough, you might consider having a shed built – or even building it yourself, if you’re up to it. It’s actually a great idea, having like a miniature house in your backyard, with all your tools, your folding chairs and your water hose tidily stacked up inside. You can also have a work surface made where you could do your woodwork, depending on your hobbies of course. There are many types and varieties of sheds in the market, so you are bound to find one that will suit your needs. It’s up to your taste, the total space of your yard, and, naturally, your budget.
4. A Garage is a Must if You Own a CarWho wants to have a house with a garden while leaving their precious family vehicle out in the street? And if you own more than one, then it is probably wise to have a garage built. First of all, a garage protects your car from the ever-changing weather conditions and the sun. If you have your car nicely parked inside, you find it warm on winter mornings, or cool enough on hot summer evenings. The car color is adequately protected long-term as well, preserving its resale value, in the end. Another great reason for having an indoor garage is that it could provide you with some extra space to keep your tools (instead of a shed) and thus combine two structures into one, leaving a larger area outside for a nicely decorated garden. But, probably the most important reason for building a garage, is that your property on the go is undoubtedly protected from theft or damage. Whatever you decide, if you have adequate space in your yard, you should probably consult professional garage builders who know their stuff. They can offer you professional advice that will prove to be value-for-money in the long run, rather than if you decide to build a garage yourself.
5. What about a Patio Extension?If you find that your patio is rather small and it doesn’t allow you to fully enjoy the benefits of your home, an extension is not a bad idea at all. It’s actually not an expensive investment to have a custom-made extension to your patio built. This will offer you ample shade and space to enjoy a nice dinner with your family and loved ones while simultaneously protecting you from sun or rain. Not to mention, the added value to your real estate, in case you consider selling it at some point.
6. Why Not a Pool?Well, that’s a definitive object of desire for a lot of people, but not all backyards can accommodate building a pool. It comes down to total space and budget of course. And even then, with the cost of sustaining a large pool and the need for everyday renewable water and pool maintenance, you might want to re-think such a decision.
7. Time for a Barbecue!How many times have we seen in movies and TV series the protagonist serving steaks in front of an outside barbecue and not felt jealous about it? Maybe it’s an exceptional idea, especially if you have a large family or you are one of those very sociable people who invite friends to your house for the weekend.
8. The Value of an Outside KitchenIf you have the extra space in your yard, you might even go the extra mile and build an outside kitchen. This would be a more organized solution than a simple barbecue because it puts a roof over your head and we wouldn’t want those steaks to get wet, would we? Additionally, an outdoor kitchen provides a larger area for your kitchen utensils, your aprons, and your jockey hat to hang on the wall.
There are ample ideas to make your yard even more beautiful than it is today. Ultimately, it comes down to will, personal taste, and the available budget. Surely, some ideas prove to be more useful than others (like a garage), but in the end, it’s you who will determine what’s important and what’s merely a luxury. If you are an avid swimmer and you don’t own a car, then a swimming pool should be your first priority. If, however, you’re that guy who likes to enjoy steaks at the barbecue with his friends, then you will go for the barbecue or the outside kitchen.