Yard add-ons you will love to build for yourself

friends meeting in the yard

When the weather is nice, we all enjoy spending time in our backyard. The more inviting it looks, the more we’re going to indulge in it. You have the absolute freedom to adjust it to your preferences and needs. You may think that it requires a lot of time and effort, but don’t let that thought get you down. There are plenty of simple projects you can tackle on your own that will transform your outdoor space completely. With a little bit of time and creativity, you’ll make it a piece of paradise that neither you nor your friends will want to leave. Here are some inspiring ideas that will help you along the way.

1. Light up the fire.

Fireplace

As much as you may enjoy summer days in your backyard, sometimes the starry nights are those who steal the show. In order to enjoy them, you need both light and warmth and nothing does it better than a bonfire. A fire pit can become a focal point of your backyard, serving as a gathering spot everyone will love. There is a variety of models to choose from. You can go for a portable one, or decide to make one yourself using bricks, stones, and concrete.

2. Ponds and pools.

Girl in swimming pool

Sweltering summer heat often evokes the memories of diving into some cool mountain streams or a swimming pool. Aside from the cooling factor, water surfaces in your yard will contribute greatly to its overall appearance. If you want to splurge, install a home swimming pool. In case you decide to do it, the best way is to hire swimming pool builders. They will not only built the pool but also create landscapes that will make your yard – your sanctuary. On the other hand, if you’re more into DIY projects, you can add a pond or a stream to your backyard by using some of the online step-by-step tutorials.

3. Cozy up in a reading nook.

Reading nook

Whether it’s a gazebo or an arbor bench, make a space that you’ll be able to use in all types of weather. Depending on the size of it, you can equip it with some nice and comfortable pieces of patio furniture. If you’re dealing with a smaller space, throw in a comfy chair and plenty of cushions. It’ll probably become a favorite spot for everyone in the family to go and read a book or watch their favorite film on a laptop. It will become a loving stress-free zone.

4. Build a garden tool shed.

There’s nothing that disturbs the visual appeal of your backyard than various garden tool lying around. Decluttering will not only make your yard more spacious but it will also look much neater, too. Do some research and find a good instruction manual online that will help you make the shed from scratch. You may also find some assemble-it-yourself DIY shops which offer pieces like these. Either way, you’ll keep your tools together and out of sight so it’s definitely a win-win building project.

5. Go with a swing.

Swing

Whether it’s a fire pit swing, a porch swing or a hammock, swinging in your backyard on a lazy summer afternoon is a perfect way to unwind after a busy day at work. A hammock is the cheapest option and the easiest one to install. However, if you want a porch swing, you can buy one or make one yourself. On the bright side, there’s a third option that may well suit the majority of crafters. You can now purchase the packages of previously cut and polished swing parts and voila – all you need to do is assemble it.

6. Light it up.

Spending summer days in your beautiful backyard is surely fantastic. However, not many things can beat summer nights spent outside. To be able to do so, you need some source of light. Although lighting a fire sounds like a great way to gather friends around, there are other ways to create a perfect night-time atmosphere. The easiest and least expensive option is string lights. Just string them up, plug them in, and enjoy. Other options include lanterns, strips of LED light or a glowing piece of furniture if you want to splurge and impress your guests.

If you have decided to transform your backyard this summer, following these tips will make your redecorating journey smooth sailing. You don’t need a big budget, only time, patience, and a bit of creativity boost. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to make your backyard your little piece of heaven.