This time of year many homeowners and even rental residents are thinking about ways they can bring a little life to the exterior of their property for the coming warm months. After all, this is when most folks like to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, aswell as all of the other benefits and pleasures of Mother nature.
However, something else that they are often concerned with is how much it will cost. The fact is the most of us are working within a budget. The past year has been very hard on a lot of people’s finances and although they may still be doing just fine in general, for many of them the money to take on extravagant projects may not be there right now.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at a number of relatively simple tasks that can be taken on without a lot of outside help or expense:
Build a Gazebo
We put this first on the list because it is one of the most popularoptions among today’s homeowners. Although having one built by a contractor can be expensive, building one yourself can be much more affordable. All it takes is for you to invest a little bit of time and effort. You can buy premade kits and assemble thembut you can definitely save money by building it yourself.
If you aren’t much of a do it yourselfer you can always buy a gazebo to make this process easier. Sojag has some great styles of gazebos that can be installed by yourself or via professional installation services.
Lay a Stone Pathway
This is another improvement that adds elegance and style to any outdoor area. A little bit of dirt, clay, or whatever earthy material you prefer will work. You simply decide where you want the path to start and where you want it to lead, and just go from there. Be sure to take careful measurements and purchase the proper materials.
Get Creative With Outdoor Lighting
This one can be a lot of fun, takes very little time, effort, or expense, and can make an incredible difference. Unique lighting adds a real atmosphere to any exterior setting. And if you are someone who likes to host events or gathering on your outdoor property, particularly after dark, this is almost essential.
Set-Up an Outdoor Dining Space
Hosting those outdoor gatherings often requires a place to serve and eat food. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to break the bank to have somewhere to enjoy a meal with your family, friends, and/or guests. In fact, many people already have tables and chairs outside anyway. If these aren’t suitable for a dining area, buying new ones certainly isn’t that expensive.
Install a Fire Pit
Who doesn’t love a good outdoor fire, even in the summertime? Grownups can sit around with adult beverages and enjoy good times with old or new friends while the kids can have hot dog and marshmallow roasts. It’s an accessory that everyone will get plenty of use out of.
Put In a Backyard Theatre
This one is also one of the more popular options, especially for families with children or who have lots of nieces, nephews, or grandchildren. And it isn’t as complicated as it seems. Simply find a good place to set up your outdoor TV. After that, a comfortable seating area (preferably with lounge furniture) also needs to be set up. Finally, a little low-level lighting to set the mood works perfectly to complete the viewing experience.