Outdoor Space Matters: 6 Smart Investments
Landscaping sometimes seems as an expensive and difficult project, especially when there are so many other things to do inside the house, but here’s a fun thought: A lot more people sees your home from the outside than from the inside. All jokes aside, the fact that your neighbors will perceive your grass as much greener is the least important here. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful front yard and an inviting backyard and garden, especially if you have kids? This way you will have your own space to retreat to and the children will be motivated to spend more time outside. But where exactly to put your money, when there are so many projects to be done? Here are a few smart investments that will turn your outdoor space into a lush oasis.
Make an Entertaining Area
What’s the use of having a lush backyard if you can’t brag about it to your friends? Honestly, there is nothing quite like sitting outside, listening to the fire crackling and talking to people you love. If you already have a timber deck or something similar, your outdoor entertaining area will look even better. Either way, here are some things you can do:
- Make DIY outdoor furniture by using pallets (add plenty of throw pillows and blankets to make it as comfy as possible),
- Build a fire pit,
- Add a shade sail,
- Light up with candles, string lights and similar economical solutions.
Revamp Your Garden
How are your plants holding up? Not so well, huh? You can get your hands a bit dirty, devote some attention to your garden just this once, and later it will be much easier. Get some low-maintenance garden plants, such as Velvet cloak smoke tree, Jules Verne peony, Winter king Hawthorn, Variegated ribbon grass, Elijah blue fescue, and Grey owl juniper, that will make your landscaping a breeze.
More Parking Space
One can never get enough of car parking space, so it is never a bad time to invest in expanding your driveway, especially if you’ve purchased a larger car or you have a teenager who just started driving. The simplest approach is to add a stretch of additional asphalt or concrete, but the age and weathering might create differences in color between the extension and the original driveway. You can go for a different material altogether, such as brick pavers or stamped concrete.
Safe and Clean House Entrance
This one is so simple that many of us tend to overlook it, and eventually forget all about it. Really, and be honest here, how long has your old worn out doormat been sitting in front of your house? It is about time to get rid of it, not only because it looks bad, but also because it’s probably unsafe and not very functional. Hard-wearing anti fatigue mats are a much better idea. They are great for scrapping the feet clean and, what’s very important during fall and winter days, they’re not slippery, which will significantly enhance the safety of your entrance.
Better Rainwater Usage
This is one of the best investments you can make for your outdoors, because it will save you a lot of money in the future, since you’ll be able to use it for watering the garden and the lawn. You can achieve this by replacing old guttering and adding more downpipes to rainwater tanks. Another dollar-wise choice would be to connect your rainwater tank with a toilet or sprinkler system.
Paving and Pathways Update
Less expensive hardscaping options, such as gravel and crushed rock, can look equally as great as traditional pavers. Creating pathways will make your landscape more dynamic, and the best thing about them is that they’re a quite simple DIY project.
These investments are rather small and simple to introduce, but they’ll make a big difference. Your outdoor space will become a safe and clean family-friendly oasis you will love to spend time in.