Well, folks, we survived Hurricane Irma! Thank God! (And I’m not saying that jokingly at all – there were many who did not. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the families of those who were lost!)
We took an almost-direct hit from the storm – the worst Central Florida has seen since 2004. It packed quite a punch. I won’t lie, as I was sitting against a barricaded window in the twins’ room while they slept and the storm roared outside, for a minute or two, I started to panic. But we were very very blessed. The worst we had to deal with was our power being out for 4 days. (And can I just say that I do NOT recommend camping with 1-year-old twins?! MERCY!)
Anyhoo, trying to get back to normal over here. One of the negative effects of the storm has been a LOT of standing water on our property. We live on just over an acre, and about 25% of it is under water right now, so that’s a little bit of a concern for us. The hubby and I were outside brainstorming the other day, trying to think of something that could help with the water. I stand by my idea that creating a “dry creek bed” element in the backyard would help to funnel some of the water out, and LOOK pretty neat, too! Something like this…
HE thinks that will probably mean a lot of work for him…so he’s hesitant. (He’s probably right.)
So when Zachary Whatule sent me over a post chock full of backyard renovation ideas, I really got to dreamin’! You’ve got to see what he suggested!
The backyard to any home can hold a lot of potential. Maybe you would like yours to be an oasis of relaxation, or maybe you like to entertain a crowd. Either way, there are plenty of things you can do to turn a plain backyard into something wonderful.
Check out these renovation ideas for a little inspiration!
The Modern Garden
If you happen to have a green thumb, then one of the easiest ways to spice up your backyard is with a garden. To get started, pick a sunny spot and start digging. You don’t have to make it gigantic, just large enough for what you would like to plant.
Surround the perimeter with wood like you would see on a sandbox, and maybe some chicken wire fencing if there are a lot of rabbits in your area, then create a nice lattice backing to add support for your plants as well as style.
A well planned and taken care of garden can provide you with delicious crops from spring to fall, not to mention a nice bounty of herbs to make scrumptious meals with. Gardening is also a great family activity with your children!
An easy way to keep your plants and your lawn as green as can be is with a lawn sprinkler. Find a company that offers lawn sprinkler installation, Long Island highly recommends if no one in your home is handy with that sort of thing.
A common theme in today’s home design world is to extend your interior living space to the exterior. Basically, you just make your backyard area as nice as your living room, but with outdoor furniture. This is perfect for both entertaining friends and relaxing, depending on how you set it up.
For entertainment, consider starting with a dining area and let the rest of your furniture revolve around that table. If you’re working with a larger yard, the center of attention could be a fireplace or the area where most of the fun activities will take place.
Once you have your main area set up, consider extra seating and lighting. You could have everything under an enclosed porch, or even wrap some cute Christmas-style lights around a pergola. Make your yard unique like the one in the image below made by outdoor pergola builders, New Jersey boast about if you really want to go the extra mile.
Entertaining can be a lot of fun, but some of us prefer the peace and quiet. There are three ways to go about this; the “shed” room, the secret garden, and the resort.
The shed room is as simple as it sounds. Turn a smaller outdoor building into your own sanctuary complete with windows, comfy couches, and everything else you need to find your inner peace.
The secret garden approach means turning your yard into a garden that will encompass you once you enter. This escape into nature can be the ultimate relaxation retreat, giving you the chance to refresh your mind and body.
The resort involves making your backyard cabana like. This is a great idea for anyone who owns a pool. Add some sun chairs, umbrellas, and a nice assortment seaside themed plants to complete the effect.
The Options Are Endless
These are just a few ideas to transform your backyard into an area you or anyone can enjoy to the fullest. Don’t be afraid to go with your gut and give it your own personal touches for a truly unique space!
Zachary Whatule is a super-connector with ManageBacklinks.io who helps businesses with building their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. Zachary frequently writes about the latest advancements in the SaaS world and digital marketing.
Oh boy, if my husband thought he had work to do before now…I LOVE these ideas! And I really love the idea of an “oasis” spot…I’m gonna have to see how THAT can help us not get flooded! HA!
Do YOU have an idea for a change to your backyard percolating? I’d love to hear about it!
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