Great Ideas for Great Backyard Renovations!
So, you’ve got your home’s interior looking really good. You’ve made all the improvements and upgrades to give your home the look and feel you’ve been envisioning for quite some time. But, when you look out onto your backyard or step outside onto your deck, patio, driveway, and walkway, you’re not as pleased.
You realize you want your backyard to be reflective of your taste, standards, and lifestyle. And you’re ready to do it! But where do you start and how do you do it and what exactly will give you – and your entire family – all that a made over backyard can offer?
Here are some great backyard upgrades and renovations you can do to get your backyard up to speed with your preferences, vision, and desired quality of outdoor living.
Waterfalls, fountains, and ponds
Water fixtures bring a distinctive dimension to backyards. They instill peacefulness that’s naturally conducive to relaxation, as well as beauty. And they bring this to any yard – wherever it is – in the country, the suburbs, or the city.
Considered the most popular, fountains can be a multi-tiered or positioned so they cast a natural appearance of a waterfall. Fountains naturally complement ponds, especially when the pond has aquatic wildlife (fish and frogs). A water fixture also has an additional feature in that it typically attracts birds.
If you’re finding yourself drawn to some type of water fixture, keep in mind they do require attention; they must be maintained and kept clean in order to retain their beauty and soothing effects.
Fireplaces, tables, and pits
Everyone enjoys sitting around a glowing fire. Regardless of the time of year mid-July or mid-December, when people gather around a fire, the mood shifts. Everyone is more relaxed and open. The best conversations seem to happen around a fire.
The most attractive aspect of fire fixtures is that you can get all the benefits of a campfire atmosphere is that it’s affordable and requires only light maintenance. And your options are vast. For example, you can add aesthetic enhancements like lava rocks and glass beads to a fire table.
Shelter and Shading
Do you know what a pergola is? Many people do and are adding it to their backyards. A modest outdoor room constructed of an open lattice, pergolas house lovely vines that create shade. Cool shade, like a fire, is also relaxing.
If you think your pergola should also provide some degree of shelter from the rain, you can construct your pergola with wood or stone. Granted, stone and wood pergolas cost a bit more, but they also bring added value.
If you really want to get the most out of your patio (providing it’s constructed appropriately), think about installing an outdoor kitchen. If entertaining your guests throughout the entire day and evening sounds appealing to you, you’ll hit the mark every time when you prepare, serve and enjoy your meals together outside.
Backyard kitchens can be extravagant or practical. But to get the most out of them you’ll want to have a seating area for all your guests, a cooking area in good proximity of your guests and all the activity, and a storage area.
For More Information on a Backyard Renovation
If you are considering renovating your backyard, give Fresh Cut Lawn and Landscape a call today. We are expert designers and can help you achieve your dream backyard outdoor living space. We can be reached at 248-650-3600 or 586-739-6646. We provide landscape and design services throughout Metro Detroit.