Whether you just moved into a newly constructed home or you simply haven’t had a chance to focus on creating the backyard of your dreams, a boring outdoor space is ripe for personalization! There are, of course, dozens of projects you can take-on to make your currently plain backyard truly your own. In this guide, you’ll discover information about a few tasks that are sure to transform your exterior space without breaking the bank.
Install a patio
If you’re not spending any time in your backyard, it’s likely because there isn’t a dedicated place to sit and relax. Installing a patio is the perfect way to remedy this problem. Pavers are the ideal surface for a patio; they are available in dozens of styles and are not terribly difficult to install on your own. First, you’ll need to lay your paver base, which is generally made of crushed gravel pieces. Then, you’ll have to cover the base with sand and smooth it using a plate compactor.
Depending on how large your finished patio is going to be, putting down the base and stone layers may take an afternoon or several days. If you believe the project will take more than one day to complete, make sure the weather forecast is favorable. Once the sand has been graded over your entire patio area, you can begin actually laying your pavers. Some paving stones require grout, while others do not. Make sure you buy whichever type you prefer!
Build a pergola
Although a pergola can certainly go hand-in-hand with the installation of a patio, you don’t need a patio area in order to construct a pergola in your backyard. In fact, pergolas can be built on their own, as part of existing decks or patios, or even on large front porches! To build a pergola, the first thing you need to do is set the posts. If you don’t want to hire professionals to make sure they are secured properly in the ground, there are plenty of online tutorials you can follow.
Once the posts for your new pergola are in-place, you’ll need to construct the frame. There are a number of different types of materials you can use, including affordable treated lumber, composite boards, or exotic wood like ipe. Remember, these materials have a wide range of price points, so figure out what your budget is before you commit to buying anything.
Decorate your outdoor space
No matter what you end up doing to your backyard to make it more functional for your loved ones, the most important thing you can do is personalize it with outdoor decor that suits your personal style. If, for instance, you love the beach, you might want to use shells, driftwood, and other treasures from the seaside on your patio or deck. Or, if you enjoy a high-end look, consider investing in quality outdoor furniture that will give your entire space an upscale appearance.
At Hatch Homes, our team lives and works in the Carolinas just like you, so we understand the importance of outdoor living areas that really work. If you’re interested in any projects you aren’t sure you can take-on yourself, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss exactly what you have in mind. We’ll be happy to assist you!