As much as I enjoy spending time in my living room and kitchen, the backyard is also an important outdoor living space. For many, it gets neglected and ends up looking like the slums while others are absolutely stunning and you don’t even care about what’s inside the house.
So we’re going to have a quick look at some DIY project ideas that you can apply to your backyard. Home buyers like to see what the backyard has to offer so it’s worth it invest some time and money because chances are, it will also increase the value of your home depending on how far you’re willing to go. Whether it’s a small, one day project or something much bigger, sprucing up your backyard is definitely something to consider.
I’m no handyman, so this article won’t tell you how to do these projects unfortunately, but hopefully you will get a few ideas that may be applicable to your backyard project.
DIY Fire Pit
I now love camping and when I come back from a camping trip, what I generally miss most is sitting around camp fire. I suppose I could sit in front of my gas fireplace in the living room but a great addition to your backyard can be a fire pit. Even a hardware store like Lowe’s would have all the supplies needed to build your own as well as directions on how to build it. If you don’t feel like being a handyman, you can always purchased pre-fabricated fire pits in either propane or wood burning. Once word gets out, all your friends will want to hang out at your place from now.
DIY Backyard Smoker
A backyard is not complete without a nice barbecue but you can step it up a notch by having your very own smoker. A smoker will allow you to cook tougher, fattier cuts of meat such as beef brisket over a duration of four to six hours if not longer. Now, you don’t have to go to a smokehouse restaurant to get that delicious and smoky pork and beef. If you want directions on how to build your owner smoker, click here.
Your Very Own Backyard Pond
I’m waiting until I get my mega mansion to get a pond in the backyard but many homeowners have ponds in their backyards. It’s a great piece to look at, kids love it, this one will definitely add value to your property. If you are interested in taking on a project like this, click here for the instructions. Within two days, your backyard can potentially be home to some fish and frogs.
Extra Storage With a Shed
Most of the sheds I have seen in backyards over the years have been an extreme eye sore and to be honest, the sheds looked pretty dangerous. That’s just my perception on storage sheds but it doesn’t have to be because a properly designed and maintained shed can add to the flow of the backyard. A shed is going to be a focal point in your yard whether you like it or not but it’s not so bad if you are able to blend it in with its surroundings. If you don’t want to build a shed, the easy and cheesy option are the storage sheds which can be found in Home Depot made of plastic. Good from far but far from good is how I would describe them.
Deck and Pool/Hot Tub
If you’ve got the cash and space, an awesome deck with either a pool or a hot tub is a must. Such a space would be the ultimate entertaining space. It will increase the value of your home and over time, you will also save money because why would you want to go out and spend money out there when you can stay in and invite all your close friends? Now, add the fire pit and smoker along with a nice lounging area, and you have the ideal backyard.
When it comes to backyard potential, there really is no limit besides the wallet. There are 100’s of potential ideas and projects but I just listed off a few of the easier ones with a few references on how to go about it. I didn’t mention any gardening ideas because I personally don’t have the patience to take care of it but having a beautiful garden is definitely easy on the eyes.