We can always come up with an excuse not to get our backyard in order once and for all. Usually, something that needs to be taken care of inside the house comes up and we just put our yard aside. Well, a house isn't complete without its getaway, and you shouldn't delay this project any longer.
The best of all - this DIY project doesn't have to be too time-consuming or expensive. If you invest some creativity in it and not money, you will have a perfect backyard where you can relax and unwind. But, for this to work out you'll need to do some research first, just to get your creative juices flowing.
Go for Comfy, Not Stylish
You are the person that will be spending the most time there, so you need to adapt every single detail to you and not others - after all, it's your backyard. So, instead of wasting money on designer furniture that's mostly uncomfortable, you should look for simple solutions and simply add some soft pillows.
When you set your mind on a solution like this, you should search your attic and your basement first. I'm sure you'll be able to find old pieces that you can clean up. With some minor work on them, you'll have a unique outdoor set of furniture that's as comfy as it gets.
Invest in Proper Lighting
Lighting really does a lot for any atmosphere, not just the exterior. Naturally, you won't need it during the day, but you should definitely consider making this investment because of many fun nights you could be spending outdoors by yourself or with your guests.
You can go with the usual electric lighting, but my suggestion is to go with a set of small light bulbs and install a dimming option as well. That way, you'll be able to easily switch between a friendly and a romantic atmosphere. You should also consider spicing things up with lanterns or candles - both inexpensive and amazingly decorative.
Include Water Features
Speaking of decorative items - you can't really get better than water features. Other than their aesthetic effect, they also have a calming influence, so they are pretty great when it comes to stress relief.
My suggestion is to forget about modern design and go for something with a bit more spirit, like authentic Japanese water features, especially if you want to get the maximum out of your stress-free environment. Besides, they will give your whole back yard a certain personality.
Get Weather-Resistant Furniture
This is a real money-saver. No matter how much attention you pay to your backyard, there will come a time when it starts raining and you're nowhere near your home. So, instead of having to repair or replace the whole set, simply get one that's weather resistant or apply a protective layer of coating on it.
Have Fun with Seasonal Colors
Like with the interior furniture, you can get bored with your outdoor furniture too. It's quite impractical and expensive to replace it with every season, which is why you should focus only on replacing some details.
For example - if you've decided to go with my previous suggestion and improve your old furniture with comfy pillows, simply sew cases inspired with seasonal colors and replace them when the time comes. Your backyard will look completely different with each season.
Consider Getting a Swinging Set
Whether you want to take a short nap or read your favorite book, your backyard is the perfect place for it. However, you need to have your favorite spot - is there a better way to get the most out of your afternoon than relaxing on a swinging set or a garden hammock? Just think about it.
This is just a start. Once you start brainstorming I'm sure you'll be able to use my suggestions, upgrade them and adjust them to your backyard. It's quite important to take your time with this project - if you want to succeed on the first try, you should measure everything several times and draw up at least a few sketches before you actually do anything. In the end, it will be worth it because you'll have the perfectly comfortable backyard that's made according to your needs. Pretty great, huh?