If you are looking for some great backyard projects this year, look no further. Here are some great ideas to get you started in the right direction.
A Pergola Swing
Pergolas are a typical feature with backyards. However, you can add a twist to a conventional pergola by coupling it with a swing. The best thing about this variation is that it is incredibly easy to pull off on your own.
All you need is two wood posts and a beam at the top. A stylish swing can also attach to the beam. You can also spice up the pergola posts with hang-on flowers. Or think about letting vines climb up and around them.
DIY Rustic Firepits
Fire pits can wildly vary in terms of their price tags. The average cost is around $700 although you can get one for as little as $300. The good news is that you can also take a DIY approach to building a fire pit.
All you need is a few rocks and cement mix. You can prop up the rocks in a circular fashion, fix them in place with the cement mix and there you have it – a rustic, DIY fire pit where you can enjoy a quality outdoor time with your family.
Patio with Gravel Floor
Creating a patio in your backyard sounds like a costly project. And it is indeed so if you choose to go with some of the more expensive materials. You can trim down the costs by a huge margin and achieve an excellent result at the same time by choosing a gravel floor instead.
Gravel looks gorgeous on the patio floor, it lets you create the patio within a matter of hours and it literally costs nothing compared to other materials that are conventionally used.
An Elegant Hammock
When you see a hammock, you are typically reminded of the tropics and the beaches where it is commonly used. A hammock offers a quick and easy way to add a laidback and relaxed atmosphere to your backyard.
Simply tie one to the tree in your yard. If you don’t have any, you can also prop up two posts, add a shade on top and then hang the hammock.
There are virtually endless backyard remodeling projects you can use to add fun and excitement to your home. The ideas above are some ways you can make the most of your backyard.
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.