If you love spending time outside but feel like your backyard is a little blah, then perhaps it’s time to consider turning your outdoor spaces into a mini-paradise. Not sure how to even start? Then read on for five steps to your backyard oasis.
Step One: Brainstorm
Your first step is to brainstorm. Make a list of everything you’d like to have in your backyard oasis. You can let yourself get creative at this stage and even a little over-the-top. You might include a pool, a new patio, gardens, a fire pit, a pergola with a seating area and an outdoor kitchen. Also, jot down some details about your favorite colors, styles and materials. You can create a complete backyard paradise in this step.
Step Two: Budget
But then you’ll have to get practical. Step two involves your budget. This one might be rather painful, but you should look closely at your income and expenses and at your current level of debt and decide how much you can afford to spend on your backyard improvements. You should also determine if you have enough saved or if you have to take out a home improvement loan. Be realistic here, and don’t set a budget that you won’t be able to handle. Remember, too, that you can work in stages if your budget is tight.
Step Three: Plan
Now it’s time to make your actual plan for your backyard oasis. You likely will not be able to include everything on your brainstorming lists, so set your priories. You might start with a new patio or decide to focus on adding a pool. Working within your budget, research affordable options, and then sketch or describe your ideal design. At this point, you should also contact a company like Allied Outdoor Solutions which can work with you to plan and create your new backyard. Don’t forget to apply for the proper permits and to consider possible upgrades to your homeowners’ insurance or increases in your property taxes.
Step Four: Create
Step four may be the messiest part of your backyard improvement, and for a while, you might wonder why you decided to do all this when your yard and routine are both in upheaval. Keep your eyes on the end result, though, and remember that you’re creating something wonderful. Also, be aware that you might run into difficulties during the working stage, including delays, materials shortages and cost overruns. Be prepared to handle these as smoothly as possible.
Step Five: Enjoy
Finally, you’ll reach the best step of all. The work will be done, and you can clean up, decorate and enjoy your new backyard oasis. Don’t hesitate to really live in your new outdoor spaces. Splash in the pool, and cook in your new outdoor kitchen. Have a party on the patio. Make a few messes, and most of all, have fun.
Your new backyard oasis will take some time and effort as you dream, plan, budget and create. But in the end, it can be the mini-paradise you’ve always wanted and the perfect place for you to enjoy family, friends and outdoor living.