Budget-Friendly Ideas for an Easy Backyard Upgrade

by | Sep 10, 2020

So you want a backyard upgrade without dishing out a lot of money. The great news is that there are plenty of ideas you can employ to achieve this. Many of these ideas are DIY-friendly so that you won’t have to hire a professional to do the job. However, a full-scale backyard renovation will require hiring a reliable interior and exterior renovation company.

Here is a look at some of the best budget-friendly ideas to touch up the outlook of your backyard on your own.

A Stone Path

A stone path is one of backyard upgrade ideas that are incredibly easy to pull off and requires little expense. And yet a well-done stone path looks great in just about any backyard. You can use the path to connect various features of the backyard or traverse the green patches without having to step on the grass or plants.

An Outdoor Movie Space

An outdoor movie party can be a lot of fun. And your backyard is the perfect place to stage one when you have a small group of friends or family members. All you will need is a projector or screen. You can also create your own make-shift seats using couches and other materials already available at home. If you have a grassy patch, the best seats are ones laid out on the grass.

A Hanging Bed

As magical and fun as it sounds, a hanging bed is a rather easy DIY project. Simply get a wooden base and place your favorite mattress on top. Then use a secure method to hang the wood base on all four corners from a tree. Your hanging bed is sure to become a popular addition during your backyard upgrade.

A Treehouse

Treehouses have a timeless appeal, especially for any kids you may have at your home. You can create the perfect space for the kids by building and installing one on top of a secure branch. For easy access, make sure you add a secure ladder leading up to the treehouse.

A backyard upgrade can incorporate virtually endless ideas and features. The best way to decide which ideas to implement is to plan out the upgrade. Know what you want to do with the available space in your backyard, your budget and other preferences. Once you have these details, it will be easier to choose the right ideas and then tailor them to your requirements.

Backyard Upgrade

If you’re thinking about adding a deck to your property, your planning should take into account ROI variables. Materials, size, access, and the “wow factor” all contribute to a prospective buyer’s perception of the value added by a deck to the property. It’s worth becoming familiar with deck construction in the comparable properties in your area so you can position yours where you want to be value-wise. Another value relationship to consider is that between your deck budget and the overall value of the property. It doesn’t make ROI dollars and sense to build something too grand for the size and likely resale price of the home. One rule of thumb used by contractors and architects is that a deck should be no larger than the home’s biggest interior space. 

Keep in mind, too, that adding value to your home gets the attention of the assessor and the underwriter, so your property taxes and insurance premiums are like to be increased. Like anything else built by human beings, a deck will inevitably require some maintenance and/or repair as time goes by. Good choices of materials, with expert design and construction, are the ticket to keeping those costs down and your enjoyment and ROI up.

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