Picture this: you look out the back window and see your dream backyard, a beautiful space perfect for relaxing or entertaining guests.
Now, back to reality, where your current backyard isn’t everything you’d dreamed it would be. But with a little hard work, you could have the backyard you’ve always wanted!
In this article, we’ll discuss 13 backyard makeover ideas that are sure to improve your space and increase your home’s value.
Now then, let’s get started!
1. Install New Lighting
If you’re looking for cool ideas to get your backyard summer-ready, lights are a great place to start.
Installing lights around your backyard can do wonders for the overall vibe of the space while increasing the value of your home in the process.
String lights, in-ground solar-powered lights, and other lighting fixtures can be great additions to your backyard. Also, they’ll encourage you to spend more time outside after dark, and maybe even host an outdoor dinner party or two.
2. Plant Colorful Flowers
Planting flowers around the edges of your backyard is a great way to add both color and beauty to the space. While you’re outside with the shovel, be sure to remove any unwanted plants or weeds, so they don’t detract from your design.
3. Go Green with Trees
If you have the space for it, plant some extra trees in your backyard, too.
Adding some green, and the shade that comes along with it, will make your backyard that much more desirable to you and any potential buyers, should you choose to sell your home.
4. Create a Pathway
Create a stone or brick pathway that runs through your garden, from your gate to your back door or walkway, or wherever else you’d like!
You can use a pathway to break up all the green or divide your yard into sections, and if done properly, a pathway will add some value to your home.
5. Build a Shed
A storage shed will provide you with a designated area to store tools and other yard equipment necessary to keep your space maintained.
Having space to neatly store these items will help remove any clutter in your yard and make your space more relaxing.
If you already have a shed, but it’s looking less than its best, replace it. It’ll be worth the money spent in the long run.
6. Install a Fire Pit
There’s nothing better than sitting around a fire pit at night with family and friends, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying each other’s company.
Fire pits are great because you can go all out creating a space that’s one of the biggest and best features of your home, or you can spend very little and still have an awesome hangout spot that everyone can enjoy. It’s completely up to you!
7. Repair or Replace Your Fence
If your fence isn’t in the best of shape anymore, spend the time and money repairing it. The privacy that comes with a nice fenced-in backyard adds a ton of value to your home but can quickly turn into an eyesore if the fence is in poor condition.
If your fence is in such rough shape that it needs to be replaced, do so. It’ll cost a pretty penny up front, but will be one of the best features of your yard, and your entire home, once complete.
8. Upgrade or Install a Pool
A swimming pool, especially if you live somewhere that has hot summers, is a huge bonus.
If you have a pool, but it needs a little love, do whatever repairs are needed to get it back up to standard.
If you don’t have a pool but have space for one, consider having one installed. They can be a huge selling point if you decide to go that route down the line.
9. Install a Fountain
Installing a fountain, or a small pond with a fountain can be a huge addition to your backyard that impacts your home’s overall value greatly.
Some fountains will enable you to have fish, too, which could be something that helps your yard stand out above the others.
10. Repair or Replace Your Deck
An outdoor deck is a great place to spend quality time with the people that are closest to you. But if your deck is falling apart, your guests will no doubt be wary of hanging out on it.
If you’ve got bad boards, or your deck is starting to splinter, make the needed repairs to bring it back to its former glory. A full replacement isn’t a bad idea, either, if you can afford to do so.
11. Build An Outdoor Kitchen
The only thing that might be more fun than a fire pit is an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens take that family cookout to the next level and, on a gorgeous spring or summer day, allow you to entertain your guests without ever stepping foot inside the house.
Having a full outdoor kitchen, with a stove, sink, grill, and countertops, will give you a space that you can utilize to throw the best parties imaginable.
12. Repair or Replace Your Outdoor Patio
Much like an outdoor deck, an outdoor patio requires maintenance over time. If you have a concrete patio, pressure-wash the grime and dirt away and find some colorful outdoor rugs to spice up the area.
If your outdoor patio is wooden, don’t be afraid to make any needed repairs or a full replacement, if your patio has seen better days.
13. Install New Sod with a Sprinkler System
Finally, replacing your sod is without a doubt one of the best things you can do to your backyard to increase your home’s value.
There are a ton of sod types available, including Bermuda and centipede, that will look great in any yard.
Not sure which sod type is best for your yard? You can view more here to help you decide which is the best for your backyard.
If you choose to replace your sod, think about getting a sprinkler system too, as it’s much easier to install between the removal and replacement process, when there is no grass to dig through.
Time to Put These Backyard Makeover Ideas Into Practice!
Now that you’re up to date on these 13 backyard makeover ideas, you’re all set!
Make a list of a few projects that you want to get done, and after a bit of work, you could have the best backyard on the block.
Be sure to check out our blog, where you’ll find more tips and tricks that can help you increase your home’s value.