Outdoor Living on a Budget - 5 low-cost ways to upgrade your backyard
You may be excited about redecorating your patio to use your outdoor area better, yet, it will need more work than can be accomplished with patio furniture alone. Prices for materials and labor are rising, so if you can't afford to put more money into home improvements right now, consider these low-cost upgrades.
5 BUDGET BACKYARD IDEASA backyard or landscape can take on a new look and feel with only a few tweaks and additions. As an established landscaping company, we at PVM Concrete & Pavers have the skills and experience to design and install various outdoor features. Our skilled designers recommend you consider these low budget backyard ideas if you are on a tight budget:
EXPAND AN EXISTING PATIO SPACEWith the concept of making do with what you have, you can extend your concrete patio to create a larger outdoor living space. You don't have to destroy everything and start over. Instead, construct on top of the pavers and stain the concrete to match the paver color.
INSTALL A FIRE PITSitting around a crackling fire with friends is a classic activity during any season and doing so in the privacy of your backyard is a plus. Having a fire pit in your backyard is a great way to spend time with family and friends, especially on those evenings when the temperature drops unexpectedly. If you want to liven things up, you could build a fire pit inside a stone table and add a grill to create a cozy outdoor area. The best way to create a budget fire pit is to choose concrete and masonry as the base material and clad the outer surface with natural stone veneer.
USE PLANTS TO CREATE DISTINCT FOCAL POINTSBringing your yard to life with flowers and plants is the best way to make it look beautiful. Adding visual appeal to your garden is as simple as using planters of varying heights and hues. It is possible to make a sculpture out of plants using trailing plants, annuals, and containers of varying sizes and forms.
UPGRADE YOUR BBQEven if a fancy built-in grill is high on your wish list and you can't afford one just yet, modify the style of your current grill to suit your needs. Build a structure out of brick, stone, or any other fireproof material, and place your grill inside, replicating the look of a costly built-in grill but at a far more reasonable cost.
USE PLANTS FOR PRIVACYPlants are a cost-effective method to add privacy to a property that otherwise lacks it. Vegetation, if appropriately placed, can serve as a natural privacy screen. You can easily conceal a wooden trellis with climbing plants.
This simple installation works better than a retaining or concrete block wall and is more cost-effective. The added benefit is that it is not a permanent structure, so you can always replace it or change its style and the types of plants you trail along it to create an entirely new look in your backyard.
REPURPOSE OLD WOODEN FEATURESDon't discard old timber that you remove during renovations. If the wood is in good condition, you can use it to construct a privacy wall. Nail holes are no major hurdle if you plan on reusing the wood, so go ahead and strip it down and nail the boards or planks to create a new structure.
Although DIY projects cost less than hiring professionals to design and install outdoor features, professionals have the knowledge and skills to do a better job. Your backyard elements will last longer, ensuring a better return on investment.