- Deep Clean Everything
- Consider the Patio Problem
- Create Living Space
- Multi-Purpose Design
- Give Them What They Want
If you live in South Africa, you know that sitting around on the front porch or back patio and drinking sweet tea is a pastime dating back many generations.
There is something neighborly and relaxing about a good friendship, great scenery, cold drinks, and fresh air.
If you have been feeling left out of the social scene because your entertaining space is depressing rather inviting, it is time to invest in a backyard makeover.
There are some basic improvements that you can do to have your group of friends begging to have the next cookout at your place:
Deep Clean Everything
If you are feeling let down by your existing landscape and furnishing, you can’t make any progress until you thoroughly clean and declutter what is already there.
If you have a fence overgrown with tangled bushes, pull out what is dead and prune back that garbled mess. Pressure wash your patio or stonework and remove debris or broken furniture from the space.
You might find that simply cleaning out your area improves your idea of the space you have to work with, but it also gives your yard a neater and more open look.
Simple yard maintenance can remove a lot of eyesores and improve one’s perception of space.
Consider the Patio Problem
First of all, if you have some sort of patio, you already have the foundation for a cozy outdoor living area. If you don’t have a patio, you should definitely make adding one your first priority.
If you are handy, you may consider the benefits and cost-savings of laying one down yourself, but for end product and design that allows for the best flow of water and functions according to your needs, you should call a professional contractor.
If you are working with an existing patio foundation, think of how it can be transformed to accommodate your friends or family better.
You can repair cracks in the concrete or replace pavers to make the space safe, but you may also need to expand the area if you just have a spot big enough for your grill and few chairs.
Create Living Space
The trick to an outdoor space being comfortable and inviting is having it mimic the look and feel of an indoor space.
Outdoor living rooms are one of the most inviting entertainment spaces, and they are easy to create if your home has a covered patio.
Adding an outdoor rug, comfortable seating, a small table, and some plants or citronella candle expands the comfort of an interior room experience while out in the backyard.
If your budget allows, installing a water feature or outdoor fireplace gives the space a whole new element of entertainment but also function. With a fireplace, you can enjoy the space on into the winter months and still be comfortable.
Even though you may be investing in a beautiful backyard to help impress your friends and create a steady flow of company, the space is ultimately yours to enjoy.
Add a braai grill, garden plans, an outdoor sound system, or decorative elements that will make you happy when you sit back and just absorb the nature around you.
Allow the space to represent who you are, and you will be more satisfied with it once it is done.
Give Them What They Want
When you get ready to design your improvement, think about what you are wanting but balance those thoughts against potential buyers of your home.
Even if you never plan on selling your home, consider additions or features that span several interests or wants from other homeowners.
In the United States for instance, living in the South brings unbearable summer heat. Many homeowners in Alabama think that an inground swimming pool in Montgomery on properties is a must-have. Those whose residence has stunning views prefer a wide deck with comfortable seating.
If you have decided to make a significant financial investment in the new space, make sure you will be able to make your money back if you ever decide to put your home on the market.