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10 Great Features to Add to Your Dream Yard

Story Highlights
  • 1. Swimming Pool
  • 2. Spa
  • 3. Waterfall
  • 4. Fountain
  • 5. Fence
  • 6. Garden Arch
  • 7. Gazebo
  • 8. Outdoor Kitchen
  • 9. Pond
  • 10. Outdoor Lighting

Have you wanted to get more enjoyment from your backyard?

With the right upgrades, you can create your very own private paradise.

Here are ten great options that will add beauty, function, and interest to your outdoor space:

1. Swimming Pool

No upgraded backyard is truly complete without a luxurious swimming pool. You’ll be shocked at just how reasonable pool cost has become.

You can install anything from an inviting in-ground wading pool to a large family swimming pool with all the custom options like an infinity edge and a waterfall that will make your outdoor space unique.

You already know that a pool will become the highlight of your backyard – start creating this exciting feature today.

2. Spa

You’ll be glad you added a spa to your in-ground pool project – the soothing power of a spa will provide you with years of outdoor relaxation.

Talk to your pool installer to incorporate a spa into the design of the pool. They’ll share the heater, filter, and pump so it’ll be easy on your budget, as well.

3. Waterfall

The magic of moving water is endlessly fascinating.

You should incorporate a waterfall (or water feature in general) into the design of your pool feature – it’s an aesthetic way to circulate the water in your pool.

A waterfall provides the added bonus of creating relaxing sounds, reducing noise pollution, and allowing you to focus on the beautiful sounds of nature.

4. Fountain

You can also enjoy the magic of water by installing a simple fountain in your backyard.

A self-contained fountain unit is the easiest way to do this.

Since the water circulation system is completely contained within the unit, all you need to do is plug it in, add water and enjoy.

5. Fence

Privacy should be an important consideration as you create your personal outdoor oasis.

Install a privacy fence to screen unsightly views or escape the gaze of the neighbors.

Once the fence is installed, it’s a great idea to plant a variety of low-growing annuals and taller shrubbery to soften the look where the fence meets the ground.

6. Garden Arch

The garden arch is a classic feature that adds character to any backyard.

You can purchase a pre-made arch at your local nursery or hardware store, or create one yourself for a more rustic look.

When planted up with climbing vines, and maybe even some blooming roses, the overall effect is timelessly elegant.

7. Gazebo

Who can resist the charm of a backyard gazebo? If you’re handy you can build a custom gazebo from scratch.

For instant gratification, purchase a pre-made unit. Once in place, add some comfortable yet durable outdoor furniture to create a new outdoor living area.

8. Outdoor Kitchen

Many people are choosing to add an outdoor kitchen to the backyard as a fun gathering space.

This is a big project that will likely require the help of a professional designer and contractor. Once installed, you’ll be able to host outdoor gatherings and dinner parties in unmatched style.

9. Pond

A backyard pond provides instant visual interest, as well as the charm of the wildlife who come to visit.

Install a pre-made pond that you can find at your local hardware store, or dig your own and install a liner to create your pond.

If you choose to fill your pond with koi, be sure to introduce them gradually so as not to shock the water. Add plants to the pond to give the fish some shade and places to hide from predators.

10. Outdoor Lighting

Since you’ll want to enjoy your outdoor space even after the sun goes down, you’ll need a comprehensive outdoor lighting strategy.

Low-voltage lighting is the best option for the yard since it won’t need to be hard-wired into the electrical system.

Use a combination of uplighting and downlighting to highlight landscape features and broadcast lighting to light paths, walkways, and patios for safe enjoyment.

Your backyard has the potential to become your favorite place to relax, recharge, and enjoy the natural world around you. Add these great features to your outdoor space and you’ll create a personal oasis that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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