Now that the warmer weather has arrived, there’s no reason to stay cooped up inside the house! That is, unless your backyard isn’t ready for the next season. Get your backyard ready for entertaining and transform the look of it with these fun renovation ideas. The spring and summer seasons tend to leave us so fast, so take advantage of the time you have by spending it outdoors. We promise you’ll want to spend every possible moment out there!
Build a garden
Your outdoor space should be one that brings about feelings of fun, relaxation and tranquility. The key to achieving this atmosphere? A garden. A combination of garden accessories, flowers and plants can set the tone for the perfect outdoor atmosphere. Plus, it will immediately transform any outdoor space because it’s visually appealing. Start by visualizing what you want for your garden. Do you picture walking around your backyard surrounded by bright colours, or prefer more subdued hues? Your garden should reflect who you are and the atmosphere you want to invoke outdoors. Choose your flowers and colour palette based on these factors and your backyard oasis will follow.
New to gardening? Don’t be discouraged by the work ahead of you! This instructional video tells you exactly what you need and how to do it:
If you’re not a DIYer, consider hiring a landscaper to help you build your dream garden. Check out our directory of landscaping and design contractors.
Build an outdoor extension
Your backyard is an extension of your home, so why not continue that extension outdoors? Bring the essence of your indoors outdoors by building a patio. A covered outdoor living space – complete with weatherproof furniture, an enclosure and fire pit – can be designed to suit your lifestyle. If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor space to read, set up your living space with outdoor furniture that includes an ottoman to create a relaxing atmosphere. If you plan on spending your summer entertaining, add a grill into the mix. An outdoor covered patio will fill out any empty backyard space.
The average cost of building an outdoor extension is $7,000. Most homeowners will spend anywhere from $5,000 to $9,000 on their outdoor renovation project.
If you’re having trouble developing a budget and don’t know where to start, talk to an expert. Scroll through our directory of general contractors who specialize in outdoor renovations. Read customer reviews and scope out their previous work!
Add a swimming pool
Maybe you’re not a garden person, or would rather spend your free time soaking up some rays poolside. If that’s the case, you may want to consider investing your backyard renovation funds into an in-ground pool. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat during those hot summer days and will add a fun element to the backyard. Surround your pool with green hedges and some flowers and you’ve just created a beautiful focal point in your new backyard oasis.
The cost of a swimming pool is based on many factors. Expect to spend anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000 based on the size of the pool, material and installation.
But don’t forget! There are maintenance costs associated with having a pool:
- Weekly cleanings
- Seasonal closings
A more affordable option is to have an above-ground pool installed. Our pool contractors and designers will work with you to make your backyard vision come to life, no matter what type of pool you choose to have installed in your backyard oasis.
Remodel the paving
Maybe you’re not interested in doing a major backyard renovation, but simply want to update the look of it. One way to instantly transform the look of the yard is to dress up the pavement. If your backyard is adorned with grey concrete, it’s time to rip it out! Slabs of flagstone are a popular option for outdoor patios, for they come in a variety of colours and sizes that will suit any backyard renovation theme or colour scheme. They’re durable and are built to withstand the elements.
The average cost of installing paved pathways is $4,000. Homeowners can expect to spend anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 based on the following factors:
- Square footage
- Yard grading
- Patio materials chosen
Before you contact one of our paving contractors, take a look through a few companies’ image galleries. Be inspired by the amount of options you have and start visualizing what your new backyard could look like!
Incorporate outdoor furniture accents
Who says interior decorating is just for the inside of a home? Since your backyard is an important part of your home, dress it up as you would accessorize your home, but on a smaller scale. For example, if you have a covered patio, add a rug underneath a coffee table or ottoman. Pick out colours from your garden or patio stone and buy throw pillows in similar colours to go with your patio furniture. Complete the look with fun side tables that are both stylish and functional.
We can put you in touch with the furniture experts. Take a look at our directory of furniture and home accessories stores, chat with the experts and accessorize your future oasis.
Let there be light
You’re visualizing what you want for your backyard oasis – yes to the outdoor living space, no to the pool. No matter what your choice is, you’ll want to make room in your budget for lighting. Lighting is the ultimate way to set the tone and ambiance of any space. Jazz up your newly renovated space with a variety of light sources, including table lamps, floor lamps, string lights and even candles. If you’ve invested both time and money into creating a garden, consider having landscape lighting installed in the vicinity to highlight these special spaces.
Our landscape lighting experts can help you decide where light fixtures should be installed, highlighting the focal points of your new space.
Are you ready to get started? Begin your outdoor renovation by contacting one of our landscaping and design contractors. They’ll sketch out a potential design based on your needs, wants and what your property can support.