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10 Ways to Increase the Aesthetic Appeal of Your Backyard

Beautifying your backyard is about more than just enhancing the visual appeal. It is about creating a space that you and your family will enjoy for years to come, having a place to entertain family and friends, giving back to the environment, and increasing the value of your property. Are you ready to get started? Here are 10 ways you can breathe new life into your property.

1. The Creation of an Outdoor Kitchen

If you enjoy entertaining, then an outdoor kitchen is something you want to consider. Some people decide to incorporate theirs into a covered patio or lanai, while others install their outdoor kitchen on an open deck. Enjoy your backyard without having to constantly run in and out of your house to check on the food. Features of a ‘to die for’ outdoor kitchen include:

  • Grill or barbecue
  • Stovetop range with an oven
  • Plenty of counter space for preparing and serving food
  • Sink
  • Ample cabinet space for storage of cookware and dining utensils
  • Sitting areas for family and guests to enjoy deliciously prepared meals
  • Television and an audio system for ultimate entertainment solutions

2. The Addition of Water Features

Water features bring feelings of peacefulness and tranquility to your backyard. It could be as simple as a birdbath or you can step it up a notch with a goldfish pond, rock features, and a waterfall. Additional options include incorporating a fountain, water wall, or water-screen. Depending on the size of your backyard, you can choose one or multiple features to enhance the visual appeal and atmosphere of your outdoor space.

3. Incorporate a Meditation Garden

Meditation gardens are a great way to take a few minutes out of your day, relax, unwind, and leave the stresses of the day behind you. There isn’t a right or wrong way to make a meditation garden. Take a moment and think about what makes you feel relaxed. You can include anything from beautiful plants, shrubs, a comfortable bench to a pebble pathway and water features.

4. Construct a Pergola or Gazebo

Pergolas and gazebos add to the visual appeal of your backyard but also increase the functionality by giving you another area to entertain or just sit and enjoy a morning cup of coffee or the evening sunset. Add beauty to your outdoor space and value to your property at the same time.

5. Install Meticulous Landscaping

Precision landscaping is one of the quickest ways to spruce up any backyard and increase the well-being of you and your family. Plant grass, spread fertilizer, and provide adequate water to grow a lush green lawn. Strategically placed flowers, shrubs, and trees will increase the aesthetics while offering a habitat for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, honeybees, and other useful insects.

6. Insert an Inground Pool

There’s nothing you will appreciate on hot summer days more than a sparkling inground pool. A well-maintained pool will provide endless fun for family and friends as well as increase the value of your property should you decide to sell it in the future. You can even add additional rock and water features with your pool to make it all the more aesthetically pleasing and resort-like.

7. Build a Firepit

Roast marshmallows, cook hotdogs, make s’mores, and tell awesome stories in front of your very own backyard firepit. Keep in mind when building your firepit that the interior must be constructed with fireproof materials such as fire brick. The outside can be made with any heat-resistant material you like such as stone, granite, bricks, pavers, etc.

8. Install Accent Lighting

Accent lighting along pathways, around the pool, accentuating light fixtures, and illuminating plants are a great way to add a special touch to your landscaping. Accent lighting isn’t just about making your yard look better, but it also provides safety for you and your family by lighting walkways and paths that lead to your door and around your yard.

9. Incorporate Privacy Fencing

Privacy fencing is as functional as it is decorative. Privacy fencing can be painted or stained in virtually any color you wish. It gives your backyard an elegant and sophisticated look while providing privacy from your neighbors. Enjoy entertaining friends and family without feeling like all of your neighbors are privy to your life.

10. Build a Backyard Shed

Most of us could use a little extra storage or a place to engage in your favorite hobby. Building a backyard shed can be aesthetically appealing and extremely functional. Choose from countless free design shed plans that will match your backyard needs at shedplans.org. Design the interior to your liking. Whether you need a place to garden, write, art masterpieces, or lounge with a good book, an outdoor storage building is just the thing you need. Spruce up the outside with flowers, potentially a patio. The possibilities are endless.

With spring on its way, now is the time to make sure your backyard is ready to enjoy for the warm months to come with these 10 tips!

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