Starting to notice your backyard lacks life and color?
Sounds like it needs a facelift. There a number of ideas to bring your backyard to life, other than the usual BBQ station! All of them are fun – though few of them need some investment. A couple of these investments can give you more returns than others. Feel free to combine these ideas if you have enough space!
1. Gazebo or pergola
A beautiful addition to any garden. If you have square or a rectangle garden, a gazebo or a pergola in the center can add charm and elegance. Climbers on the sides of the structure will make it lush and attractive. If you are feeling particularly creative, you can also make a path from the home to the gazebo with tiles as stepping stones. You can also take it to the next level by opting for a Bali hut instead of the conventional gazebo or pergola.
2. Hobby or work studios
If you have one of those hobbies that need space, then a standalone studio can be the right fit for you. The Mosman is one of the most popular designs that makes for a good pottery or art studio, dance studio and even a gaming den.
If you are a freelancer or if you run a home-based office, a studio can be ideal. A dedicated space to work, the Roe, can offer space for your office files and documents, plus your own compact work space that is free of distractions and interruptions.
3. Children’s play area
If you have kids, it is better for them to spend time outside rather than in front of a screen. If you have enough space in your backyard, you can always convert one part of it into a mini-playground with swings and a slide. Add a cubby house under a tree for a shaded play area and toy storage.
4. Granny flat
For the money-minded, backyard can be a goldmine if you build the right kind of granny flat. Our two-bedroom granny flats are the most popular among investors. Depending on the suburb, granny flats can earn you a rent of $250 and upwards per week. If you want to start investing in property, granny flat is a great first investment. Of course, these backyard beauties can also be used as private accommodation for your family or friends.
5. Pavilion or another alfresco
Adding another alfresco makes a great outdoor entertaining space. This second one can be a bigger alfresco, with fancy lights and ornamental plants. If you feel an alfresco is boring, go for a composite pavilion. It is a great place where you can sit and relax in the hot summers. You can either buy furniture or get concrete benches for low maintenance. Couple this with a water feature and you have made your own little ‘happy place’.
6. Water feature
A simple water feature can add so much beauty to a boring backyard. Even a small water fountain creates sophistication. If you are adventurous, you can get one of those water fountains from Bunnings and install it yourself or you can hire a specialist to do it for you.
Pool is the most searched term of the year in Australia! If you are willing to spend a bit of money, you can enjoy all those summer days in your own private pool. With smart landscaping around the pool, you can give it a resort-like look and feel. A pool could also increase your property’s resale value.
If you have a green thumb, a greenhouse might be a perfect option. Usually made of wood and glass, greenhouse is practical when it comes to keeping your garden growing at all seasons. You can either build your own or get one installed.
For the robust gardener, you can have your very own backyard nursery. Starting one isn’t too difficult and doesn’t need a huge capital. It however, needs a time investment and if you have enough time, you can make a thriving business out of it. Start with easy-growing herbs and then move on to the rare and tough plants.
If you do not have the time or energy to work on your backyard space, you can always hire a landscape designer. First, draw up a list of what you want in your backyard. It is a good idea to have an entertaining area, a play area (if you have kids), veggie patch (even if you are not planning on growing veggies yet) and a space to relax. Talk to your landscape designer to see how you can incorporate all these and take it from there.
Do you have any interesting ideas for the backyard? Let us know!