7 Ways to Upgrade Your Backyard

7 Ways to Upgrade Your Backyard

by Steve Gamel

Summertime is almost here, which means we’ll be spending more of our free time outdoors. For many of us, that means taking a long, hard look around the backyard to see what can be spruced up, added, or upgraded to either prepare for a slew of backyard get-togethers with friends or create that well-deserved quiet oasis.

That can seem like an overwhelming project this late into May, but it doesn’t have to be – and it doesn’t have to be super expensive, either. Here are 7 smaller upgrade ideas to keep in mind as you move forward with your summer:

Build a Seat Wall
If you’re creating a fun and inviting living space in your backyard, you need plenty of seating areas, right? Seat walls are a custom and functional addition to any landscape design. With a seat wall, there’s no need to take up space with traditional chairs or benches. And the best part is they come in all shapes and sizes.

And then there was light
Admittedly, lighting can get pretty expensive. But if you already have a snazzy looking backyard living space and light fixtures are the only thing needed to give it the pop it deserves, then the project is totally worth it. The right lighting can give your backyard depth and make certain areas feel bigger than what they actually are.

Add a water feature
Any time you walk into a friend or neighbor’s backyard and see a water feature – no matter how big or small it may be – it makes you wish you had one of your own. These, too, come in all different shapes and styles (stacked stone, stacked vase, a traditional fountain, etc.) and, because of the sights and sounds, add a tranquil ambiance to any landscape.

Clean up your landscaping
Sometimes, just rolling up your sleeves and clearing out dead bushes or plants from your landscaping and adding fresh mulch will make a world of difference in the overall appearance of your backyard. Also, think about adding unique elements such as custom steel boxes and oval-shaped pots for your plants.

Update your pool’s coping
Coping is a term used for the stone or concrete material used to cap the wall around your pool. There may be nothing structurally wrong with your pool, but it could be in massive need of an update if it were installed 15 or 20 years ago. Natural stone coping and decking are useful swimming pool renovations and can add some much-needed style.

Re-stain your fence and patio cover
This is another quick way to update the look of your backyard if you’re not in the market to add any new elements. Maybe do a quick power wash and use a different color than the stain you’ve been using.

Stamp or stain your concrete
One of the more well-used techniques for giving ordinary concrete a decorative and formal look is through staining and stamping. Staining concrete is literally changing its color while stamping involves stamping a pattern and/or texture into freshly laid concrete.

Many of the projects listed above are not overly complicated. If you don’t feel like doing it yourself, there are plenty of trustworthy companies out there who can transform your outdoor living space into the envy of the neighborhood. Two, in particular, is Complete Solutions in Flower Mound and Green Meadows in
Castle Hills.

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