After enduring weeks, and for some, entire months of lockdown, We are all learning to love their homes a whole lot more this year.
Whether it’s turning the living room into a campsite or the kitchen into an at-home workspace, we’re all accustomed to making changes around the house.
However, when it comes to the backyard, you might be able to turn this space into an incredible value-adding oasis with just a little elbow grease.
In this article we’ll take a look at a few simple ways to add value to the backyard, without breaking the bank!
Re-plant the Garden
Our first tip is to think about your garden. Is it styled to suit your location? Is it preventing the full use of the backyard? With these points and a few other rather obvious ones in mind, you’ll be able to give yourself some direction when it comes to redoing the garden.
To get started, we suggest drawing up a quick plan of the shape and location of the garden and where you’ll put your new plants, features, etc.
Next, clear out any garden and green waste so you can start with a clean slate.
From there, work on taking a look at your neighbour’s homes and take note of a few plants you like. These will likely be suited to growing in your area, so they’ll be a good pick.
Head down to your local Bunnings or a nursery and choose a few of those plants and get to work!
Consider an ‘Active Space’
One thing many Aussies forgo in the yard is an active space that’s been designed explicitly for you to undertake exercise or host parties and other events.
If you have a large yard that’s primarily lawn, certainly consider adding a deck, a pool or even a concreted workout zone with a basketball hoop, climbing wall or anything else. In doing this, you’ll have a zone in the backyard that’s dedicated to fun activities, and it won’t be very intrusive either — like how a home gym can take up a whole bedroom.
When budget allows, a swimming pool or rock wall might also be a good addition to the backyard, just be sure not to take up too much of your open space.
The Good Old Entertaining Space
If you live in a home that doesn’t have a dedicated outdoor entertaining space, then it’s time to get to work. These areas give homes some extra floor area, and of course a big open space for you to entertain family and friends.
Our first suggestion is to consider an outdoor pergola, some outdoor blinds, a fantastic weather-resistant table like a Remarkable Table and you’re good to go.
With a solid floor space like the deck or some outdoor tiling, you’ll be on the way to a fantastic outdoor space. Throw in a BBQ, up-lighting for the trees and you’re all set!
A Fire Pit or Chill Zone
Finally, an awesome and cozy chill zone might be on the cards too. If your yard and local regulations allow, have a small space excavated in the yard for in-ground seating and the fire pit.
With this type of outdoor space, you’re giving your backyard a useable space in winter when it’s far too cold to sit outside without the fire. And if you’re looking to sell, potential buyers will definitely see the value in this too.