Your backyard is an integral part of your home. Leave it unkempt, and it’s bound to make your whole area feel a lot more unpleasant to be in. Take care of it, and it increases not only the experience of living there but the actual value of your property. That’s why many people put in the effort of making it look better, if not outright adding structures to it to make their experience more comfortable.
If you’re not quite sure what to do with your backyard, or what type of structure to build in your backyard, here are some ideas to get you started:
Get Yourself a Gazebo
At some point in everyone’s life, a gazebo has been a subject of interest. Gazebos are often structures with columns and a roof that protects from the sun or rain, and can even have some degree of walls to provide further protection. Having one on your property is such a great addition, as you can quite literally do a lot with it. It’s a great venue for picnics, gatherings, and parties, and children can play outside while minimizing the risk of exposure to the elements. If you’re looking into something that will definitely increase the appeal of your home, both for yourself and to others, a gazebo is a great choice.
Greenhouse for Your Green Thumb
For anyone interested in gardening, greenhouses are the perfect addition to your backyard. However, there’s a significant difference between greenhouses and the other entries in this list. For one, a greenhouse is covered at all sides, so accessing it isn’t particularly easy. Second of all, it’s not built for entertainment, but for actually growing plants or produce.
Those thinking of what they should put in their backyard should think hard whether they’re going for a greenhouse or not. They require a very specific set of requirements for it to be effective, and they also need constant maintenance. It’s far from a relaxing piece added to your yard, as it entails constant work, like planting, maintaining the plants, and maintaining the environment inside the greenhouse. But as mentioned before, to those invested in gardening, there’s no better addition to their property.
Cover Your Patio
A patio is a great outdoor space with lots of uses. But you’re ultimately left to the elements if you leave it without a cover. That’s why patio covers are very popular, and it’s one you should consider for your backyard upgrade. There’s a wide variety of patio cover options, and finding one that suits your taste isn’t very difficult. However, you have to make the conscious choice between one that’s fully covered or one that’s similar to a pergola as it will affect whether you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor dinners even if it’s raining.
Add a Pergola
A pergola is a relatively large structure with four columns or pillars supporting it. It can provide shade during sunny afternoons, but it’s not enough to cover you when it rains. However, it makes for great night-outs and barbecue dinners. Pergolas are very customizable, and you can make them match your existing outdoor areas. You can opt to leave it as is, with a clean but organic look to it, or you can go creative and add plants to it. And because pergolas go well with vines, you can design your pergola to be very idyllic-looking, something out of a movie.
…Or an Arbor
If you don’t have enough space for a pergola, an arbor can provide a similar (but not the same!) feel. Arbors are smaller than pergolas, only allowing a small chair or bench underneath. It makes for a great entry or exit point for your garden, or separation of sorts between your plant garden and a free area where kids can play. If you so desire, you can even include a chair underneath- it’s a romantic space where you and your partner can lounge.
Build a Pool House
This is a great choice to go with your pool especially if the weather is occasionally inclement in your area. You can include a game room, lounge, or even a guest room in your pool house, and also store your pool supplies and equipment in there. You can make your pH control system more accessible and protected in a pool house, so you can manage your swimming pool acid more efficiently.
A pool house also adds significant resale value to your property, so it won’t just make your living experience better, it’s also beneficial if you have any intentions to sell the property.