How to Make Your Backyard More Comfortable

Photo of Backyard Water Feature

Backyard Water Features

Your backyard is a place where you want to escape for just a short time or a place to entertain people that give you the feeling of a retreat from ordinary living space. You should to make your guests say “wow…..is that a nice place to hang out”.  Below are some ideas to increase your comfort levels while remodeling your back yard.

Some of our most popular 2013 landscape design and ideas for home include simple additions to your yard such as gardens, plants, or trees as well as more elaborate landscape embellishments like fountains, pools, and outdoor kitchens. The type of design and complexity of your landscaping will be dependent on which area of the yard you are remodeling. Front yard landscape ideas should be kept simple, and focus on creating an attractive visual for neighbors and guests such as minimal accessories and clean cut plants and beautiful home gardens. While the design of the front yard should focus more on aesthetic appeal, the backyard should be designed as an outdoor living space, or extra area of your home for you to spend your time. It is important to create an attractive layout, however, because the backyard tends to be more private, this area offers more leeway in design. Outdoor backyard ideas can incorporate a plethora of plants and flowers, gardens, pools, fountains, decks and patio ideas. New Jersey’s climate should be able to support a wide variety of plants. But before you dive into this project, be sure to create a plan for your design.

Landscape Design

Because there are so many design options for small yard landscaping, it is important to plan out your DIY project before starting it so you can not only create a beautiful space for your home, but also stick to a budget. The best way to complete backyard landscaping on a budget is to design the layout and handle the labor yourself, instead of hiring a professional landscaper in NJ. If you are unsure of how you would like to design the area you can find inspiration from friends and neighbors yards as well as a photo gallery of back yard pics with landscape rock gardens, retaining walls, trees, bushes and shrubs. The old saying ‘pictures are worth 1000 words’ definitely applies when looking for design inspiration because one simple photo can spark numerous ideas and get your project soaring. 2012 and 2013’s best backyard pictures are those that show a variety of layouts, styles, and accessories for both big and small yards. Try to look for images that match your style preference and landscaping abilities. If you are an inexperienced DIY homeowner, focus on simple additions to your yard such as plants and outdoor furniture and save the elaborate constructions to the professionals.

Hardscapes

One of the most common features of backyard design is the addition of a hardscape, or paved area to the yard. There are many beautiful hardscape ideas to choose from including patios, sidewalks, walkways, and pool decks. A deck and patio can be the most popular features of a backyard because they offer a clean space for you and your family to enjoy meals outside as well as entertain guests outdoors without worrying about walking through mud, dirt, and grass.

Decks

How to build a backyard deck and patio will depend on the size of your yard and the materials you would like to use. Decks are most commonly constructed from wood and are built as extensions of the home and connected to the house near common areas such as the kitchen. Depending on your level of experience with construction, a deck can be built on your own or you can hire a professional to help with the installation. Finding the best wood for decks can be simple for surfaces level with the ground and taking on more elaborate designs such as a two story screened in space.

Patio

Patios, on the other hand, tend to have simpler designs and are essentially a squared off area of the yard covered with cement, brick, pavers, or stone. Patios are easier DIY projects to take on than a deck, however, both are projects that can be completed by the experienced homeowner. If you are unsure of what type of patio to install in your yard, consider looking at photos of designs online. The best images of backyard patio design ideas incorporate attractive colors and patterns into the plan to help you create the best outdoor space for your home.

A Pool

Another common feature of the backyard is a pool. Swimming pool ideas can be incorporated into big or small back yard landscaping designs and can be either in-ground or above ground in style. When planning the landscaping your backyard, consider the type and color of your pool as well as the style of your home. Pool landscape ideas include creating a patio around the area, installing a fence encompassing the pool, and planting shrubs bushes trees & plants along the edges of the pool deck to create a colorful space.

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