Your backyard is everything but an oasis. It’s a hodgepodge of kids’ toys, old lawn furniture, and uncontrollable plants. The backyard needs a major upgrade. Follow these five steps to take when planning a backyard remodel so you can create the ideal escape your family wants!
Understand the Backyard’s Preexisting Features
Every backyard has some preexisting features, from the size of the yard to the trees to the landscaping.
Establish which features you like and dislike. Some aspects are deep beneath the ground, but you can easily remove superficial features. Figure out how to work around these aspects while planning your dream backyard.
Develop a Budget
Just like any home remodel, you allot a certain amount of money for the project. The backyard is no different! Decide how much money you can spend on this remodel. A budget will help you stay on track and avoid overspending when you start the renovation process.
Create a Must-Have List
In addition to creating a budget, develop a must-have list. The must-haves are the items you need to update your backyard. Perhaps you want an inground pool or a new patio to accommodate guests.
Put every feature you want on the list with must-haves at the top and sort-of-wants at the bottom. Weed out the updates that aren’t as valuable to you and your family based on your budget. This step will help you create a clear vision for planning your backyard remodel.
Consider What Your Family Likes
Every family has different dreams for their backyard. This remodel isn’t only for yourself; it’s for the entire family. As you’re creating your must-have list, you also need to consider your family’s likes and dislikes.
Consider creating a space just for your kids. Perhaps they want a sandbox, a small trampoline, or even a personal playground! Maybe the adults want a comfortable lounge or a seating area around a firepit.
If you have pets, think about installing a new fence. You can choose from wood, vinyl, ornamental, and so many more materials! Knowing the types of residential fences will help you choose the right fence to keep your family safe.
Determine the Types of Plants You Need
Every backyard needs plants! While laying out your design, create a section for landscaping where you’ll add a few plants.
Before choosing the first plant you see at the nursery, you need to understand your home’s climate and the sunlight your backyard receives. Some backyards get full sunlight all day long, while others are mostly shaded.
Plants may not seem like a big deal, but the amount of sunlight will determine the type of plants that thrive in your yard. The goal is to have lovely plants you can easily care for so your backyard looks beautiful all season long.
Let’s get the planning going so you can have your dream backyard by the summertime!