The Coronavirus pandemic has made a complete mess of many of the travel plans we may have had. With airlines grounding their planes, cruise ships permanently docking, and quarantine restrictions placed on travellers, it’s looking like our summer vacations will actually be spent at home this year. But as the saying goes, with every door that shuts, a window opens. We may not be going anywhere, but with the money that’s saved, you can invest in your backyard vs travelling this summer. Not only will this give you something to do, but it’ll also increase the value of your house. To give you some ideas of where to begin, check out our list of backyard renovation ideas.
Decks and Patios
Adding a deck around or a patio behind your house will not only spruce up the looks of your property, it’ll give you a reason to get out there and actually use it. Having a smooth, level surface makes it much easier to do things like barbecuing, eating, and socializing. It makes the environment more inviting and reduces the amount of dirt and debris you track back into your house. Wooden decks and patios made of stone pavers are an excellent investment and will only increase the value of your property.
Outdoor lighting can serve a dual purpose: security and aesthetics. Properties that are well lit are much less attractive to burglars while allowing you to move about your yard safely when it’s dark outside. Motion detecting lights can serve as security while keeping your electricity bills under control. For entertaining and leisure purposes, elegant outdoor lighting can create an ambiance that’s conducive to relaxation and pleasure. Different types of lighting serve different purposes, so compare the function you’re looking for with the types of lighting available on the market.
Fire pits come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days. You can get a cheap, metal fire rack for burning wood that can still look like a piece of contemporary art. Or you can install a gas burning behemoth that becomes the focal point of your entire property. Whatever you decide upon, a backyard fire pit can be a great way to increase the amount of time you spend outdoors with the ones you love.
Privacy and Shelter
The more privacy and shelter you have the more likely you’ll be to use your backyard. Even the biggest extroverts might feel a bit weird if all their neighbours are privy to every move they make. And if the weather is bad, but you’ve got a covering over your head, a rainstorm can actually be a pretty magical event. There are many pergola kits available to the DIYer these days. Or if you’re really handy, you can design and build your own. You’ll end up with both privacy and shelter that will encourage you to get outside while also making your property more valuable.
Outdoor kitchens seem to have been the natural extension of having a backyard barbecue or grilling unit. It can be a real pain to try and create a dinner when you have to constantly run in and out of the house to retrieve things from the fridge, wash your hands, or grab a plate. Today’s outdoor kitchens can feature all the appliances and amenities that you’d find indoors. And not only will you be rewarded with convenience, but you’ll also greatly increase the value of your property as well.
Outdoor Hot Tubs
It’s been found that online sales of outdoor hot tubs have skyrocketed since we’ve been asked to stay at home and shelter in place. And why not? The virus that causes COVID-19 has been found to be susceptible to chlorine disinfectants found in pools and hot tubs which makes them safe, relaxing, and attractive to potential house buyers. Now might be the ideal time to take the plunge.
To learn more about making your backyard staycation worthy, download our Backyard Escapes Guide.