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13 Genius Low-Budget Backyard Ideas

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Usable outdoor space can maximize your enjoyment of your property and create a positive first impression for any potential homebuyers viewing your property.

 

The backyard is a great area to spend time with friends and family during warm days and nights.

 

Sprucing up your backyard may seem like a big undertaking but below are 13 simple and low-budget backyard ideas that will make an instant difference to the look and feel of your backyard.

 

If you’re feeling inspired and ready for a home project, it’s time to get your backyard ready to enjoy those warm days and summer nights!

 

If you have a low budget, a small yard, or don’t have much time…keep reading! These tips are helpful for any size backyard and budget.

 

1. Outdoor Fire Pits

I don’t know about you, but I think a backyard fire pit elevates any backyard. Outdoor fire pits are a great focal point to gather around with friends and add a little bit of heat on those cooler nights.

 

Fire pits add a unique ambiance and turn your backyard into a multi-season space, especially on those cool nights.

 

2. Outdoor Lighting or String Lights

Outdoor lighting ties your whole outdoor living space together and gives your backyard a romantic feel. You can easily hang outdoor string lights on trees, loosely from your deck railing, or line pathways and walkways.

 

3. Outdoor Area Rug

An outdoor rug is an inexpensive and easy way to change up the look of your deck. Bonus! If you have a large enough rug, you won’t have to worry about re-staining your deck, and you can cover up any damage like stains or cracks.

 

Outdoor rugs are an affordable option to add texture, colour, and design to your outdoor space!

 

4. Additional Seating & Storage

You can’t go wrong with extra seating or storage space, especially when guests are over. You can easily store blankets, patio furniture cushions, or gardening equipment. Outdoor storage benches are portable, easy to clean, and provide extra seating in a pinch.

 

5. Refresh Your Fence

A new coat of paint or a fresh wood stain is affordable and a great start to a beautiful backyard makeover. A great tool to stain your fence is the Shur-line 9-inch stain pad because it makes it easier to apply any stain to your fence.

 

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6. Plant A Few Trees or Vegetables

Evergreen trees and perennial plants are great options to elevate your backyard. Perennial plants are recommended because they bloom year after year!

 

Fruit trees and vegetable gardens can help you save money on groceries (just make sure you plant fruit and vegetables that you like to eat). Of course, they take work, but then you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

 

7. Add Stone Paths

You can get creative with the type of path you choose. There’s the option to go more whimsical with unique stones and shapes, or maybe you’re attracted to the look of modern concrete pavers. Stone paths are also helpful for you and your guests to get around your backyard without ruining the grass.

 

8. Build a DIY Deck or Patio

Building a DIY deck requires more skill, creativity, and a bigger budget, but it can be done! The benefits of a deck allow you to have a dedicated space for entertaining where you can have your patio furniture, outdoor dining table or coffee table.

 

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9. Outdoor Dining

Dining “al-fresco” is probably one of my favourite things. Casual dining is fresh and fun and creates a more relaxed dining atmosphere. You’ll likely want to have outdoor dining furniture and a table. There are some great options on Amazon, Wayfair or your local furniture stores.

 

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10. Comfy Seating & Bench Seating

The comfier the seating, the more you’ll use it! Add some throw pillows to your outdoor seating for a little pop of color. Bench seating is another great option!

 

11. Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate luxury and part of any dream backyard. In addition, an outdoor kitchen will make it easier to host BBQs for your friends and family.

 

12. Decorate With Plants

If you’re looking for an alternative to a privacy fence, you can use larger plants like boxwoods or cedar trees to add some separation between your yard and your neighbours. Another option is to add a small garden or water feature as a design element.

 

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13. Update Your Outdoor Furniture

Backyard patio furniture can be expensive, but good quality and comfortable seating makes all the difference. I find that the more comfortable the seating, the more you’ll use it. Also, good quality patio furniture will update the look of any backyard!

 

May 11, 2022

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