Some people tend to give their backyards the least attention, but with the right design, storage concept, and garden planning, your backyard could become a family sanctuary or a safe playground for your children. Research conducted in 2020 showed that about 65% of UK homeowners invested £55 billion in property renovations. In effect, homeowners spent an average of £4,035 on each renovation since March 2020, when the lockdown restrictions began. With many people spending more time at home, there is ample time to give your backyard a makeover and put it to good use. Here are some tips to help you out.
- Rearrange objects in the backyard, so kids are always in view
It can be a tiring activity hovering around your children to supervise their playtime. Make it easy for yourself by rearranging items in the backyard that may usually obscure your view. You can do this by setting up patio chairs or benches. The trick to this is to adopt the conversational groupings method where everybody spending time in the backyard has a full view of kids there. Another effective strategy is to reposition your barbecue grill and table so that anyone using them would not have their backs to the little ones. Doing this offers you peace of mind and safety for your children while they play.
- Create a child-friendly obstacle course
Another practical use of your backyard is to convert it into an obstacle course for your children. Now that most schools are still closed due to the pandemic, your children will be spending a lot of time at home. This means your active children may quickly get bored spending long hours indoors. To keep them engaged and fit, plan backyard games they will enjoy for a few hours out. Use sizable logs to form stump steps. These steps should be of safe heights that would not become a game hazard. What makes this interesting is, you can always reposition the logs to create new obstacles or add more tasks to make the activity more challenging, fun, and safe.
- Employ decorative ironwork in your garden
Creating a garden adds an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere to your backyard. To add even more appeal, why not improve your garden with decorative ironwork. The spaces you shape define your personality and quality of life you choose to have. The tiniest details of some ironwork can turn an ordinary area into a functional and remarkable one. Perhaps, you have a small backyard that restricts you from having a sprawling garden. To solve this, use steel planters to grow your decorative flowers such as roses, lavender, and sunflowers. You can also use steel flower beds depending on the shape of your backyard to create a minimalistic garden space. Spending time in your garden and taking care of it is also a stress-relieving activity.
- Create an outdoor bench and table with storage
An outdoor table and bench with storage can be an exciting DIY project you and your family can take on. To make it easier, you can turn an old bookshelf into an outdoor seat with storage space by simply turning the shelf over! The idea of such garden furniture is that it serves a dual purpose as it holds a few supplies you may not want to keep inside your storeroom, shed, or garage. However, you can also purchase one. Outdoor storage tables and benches come in plastic, wood, and metal. They are easy to maintain and can stand all weather conditions.
- Create an outdoor living room
Did you know that outdoor living rooms are the most fun places to receive a guest? It is doable if you have a covered patio. It is also a great way to use up land space if you are renovating on a budget. Better yet, with a covered patio, you do not have to worry about the weather when relaxing outside. Furthermore, apart from allowing you to enjoy your property, it helps increase your home’s value if you choose to sell at some point. You also have a competitive edge over other homeowners selling their structures.
You may not need much of a budget to convert your backyard into a welcoming outdoor space. What matters most is that it is functional for you, your family, and fits into your lifestyle. With the fast nature of today’s world, this part of your house is capable of transforming into a relevant space that connects you with nature. Hopefully, if your backyard is bare, you picked up a few ideas from this article to incorporate into yours.