Your Place of Zen: 8 Fantastic Backyard Makeover Ideas


Want to shake things up in your backyard? We’ve got you covered! Read on for some truly fabulous backyard makeover ideas!

The average cost of a backyard renovation can cost anywhere between $7,500 and $10,000. But you don’t need that kind of money to do a backyard makeover that breathes new life into your space.

When you’re looking to renovate your space on a budget, we’ve got you covered. Check out these amazing backyard ideas to inspire you.

What Do You Want in Your Space?

Before you dive headfirst into renovating your space, keep in mind what you want to use the space for? Do you imagine dinner parties under a starry sky? Or is there room to pull out a slip and slide or have a game of backyard football?

Do you need a space where you can get away from it all with your birdbath and plants? Or do you want to use the space to save money on your grocery bill by investing in a vegetable garden?

No matter what your dream is, we have the inspiration to help you get there. But no matter how pretty your renovation comes out, you won’t love it if it doesn’t match the goals you had for your space. First and foremost, always keep that in mind. Now let’s dive right in.

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1. Save Money With a Vegetable Garden

Few things breathe life into an environment like a vegetable garden. And if you’re looking to eat more sustainably, ethically, or health consciously, your garden is the best way to start!

Feel free to start small and let the garden grow year by year. It’s rewarding to watch it grow every year.

A vegetable garden can also help you save money on your grocery bills, and fresh produce can liven up any dish.

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2. Add a Patio

Looking for the perfect spot to entertain? Add a patio and furnish it with cozy-chic patio furniture. You can even add a pergola and fairy lights to turn any dinner into a magical occasion. Or you can even build your own outdoor kitchen! This article by Seriously Smoked can help guide you through that.

Adding a patio to your backyard is the perfect way to create an outdoor space for parties and entertaining guests. You can even add a patio bar, or go more DIY with a rolling bar cart.

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3. Consider a Pool

An in-ground pool can be an expensive endeavor. But there are a lot of above ground pool options that have the same effect. You can swim laps, throw pool parties, and cool down on hot summer days.

If you live somewhere where there are more hot days than cold ones, an above ground pool is a great bang for your buck to fight off the heat.

4. Build a Reading Nook

Do you have a little shaded grove under a big old tree? Use it. This could be the perfect place to design a little reading nook.

Get a small table, a citronella candle, and some fairy lights and you’re set! You can spend time journaling, drinking tea, reading, or just enjoying the space around you.

Make it cozier by growing tall plants or ivy around your nook, or add a birdbath and bird feeder to encourage nature to come to you.

5. Paint a Fence Mural

White picket fences are so 1950s. Instead of staring at a wooden wall, turn it into a beautiful work of art.

Invite some of your artistic friends over and put together a fence mural. You may want to feature bees, birds, tall flowers, or maybe mythical creatures or simply an abstract piece.

Your imagination is your only limit (and your fence space) so have fun and be creative! You’ll have a beautiful work of art that will bring smiles for years to come.

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6. Add a Fire Pit

A fire pit is vital for roasting marshmallows on a warm summer night, or for getting cozy under the winter sky. A fire pit is a great way to let you take full advantage of your backyard all year round.

You can build one yourself or buy a creative fire pit that doesn’t require any installation.

7. Create an Altar or Meditation Space

If you want to improve your meditation practice or connect more with your spiritual side, your backyard is a great place to bring this to fruition.

Since it’s full of earth elements, your backyard is a very grounding, peaceful space. Add some outdoor blankets and a comfortable spot to sit and meditate, like a hanging egg swing.

You can also pick out a nook that would be a good spot to design your altar. You can use this to set intentions for your day or reflect on your life. The natural elements around you can help to bring clarity to your space and your life.

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8. Add a Stone Path and Solar Lights

Few things help make space feel more cohesive than a well-lit stone path. You can forage for large stones you’d like to add if you want a more personal DIY style or buy stone pavers to create a winding path.

Anywhere you need to get from A to B in your yard is a great place to put a stone path. It’s a touch of practical art that will help bring your space together.

A Beautiful Backyard Makeover is Within Reach

When you’re planning your backyard makeover, there are a lot of options to help you design the right space for you. Whether you want space to entertain, room to run, or a cozy refuge, we have ideas for you.

Keep checking back for more great tips to help you design the home of your dreams. Thanks to Thatcher Pools for collaborating!


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