If you’re not using your backyard to entertain guests or create an oasis for yourself, you’ve got the perfect opportunity for a summer project. Regardless of the size of your backyard or where you live, several outdoor project ideas will turn this space into your dream backyard and increase your home’s value. From greenhouse gardens to small ponds, find the perfect style and setup that fits your and your family’s needs and wants.
Do you have a green thumb but can’t practice gardening year round due to local weather? A greenhouse can solve this problem by providing a shield from the outdoor elements to extend the gardening season. Plus, on frigid winter days, you can sit inside the greenhouse to soak up the warmth from the sun. Adding a greenhouse to your backyard creates a relaxing place to rewind and be with nature.
Pool With a Deck
When you have kids at home, you likely want to get them outside as much as possible. Building a pool with a deck is often part of any child’s dream backyard. However, even if you don’t have children, anyone can enjoy a pool! While just having the pool is exciting enough, constructing a deck around it would put this backyard oasis a step above the rest.
The ultimate outdoor project idea for your dream backyard should involve an outdoor kitchen. Cook for your guests and simultaneously entertain them while you’re outside enjoying the weather and nature. You could even consider design ideas for outdoor fireplaces—our favorite feature to add to an outdoor kitchen. A fireplace can really make a space come together seamlessly.
Gazebo or Pergola
Do you like being outside but still want shelter from the sun and other weather? A gazebo or pergola provides a roof over your head, allowing you to sit outside and relish your backyard, even if it’s raining.
Pro-tip: Screen in the sides of your gazebo or pergola to keep bugs and weather completely out. Add a TV and a bar inside to make this space even more special.
Sometimes, a homeowner doesn’t want to add too many features to their backyard. Instead, a more tranquil and relaxing space might include a small pond with fish. This pond can be as big or small as you like, and you can add a bench near the water to sit and enjoy your new landscape. If you appreciate minimal and simplistic spaces, a small pond in your backyard is perfect.
When you close your eyes, what does your dream backyard look like? Does it include the features on our list? Well, you can’t go wrong with any of our project suggestions above. They elevate your backyard, provide a hangout spot for friends and family, and increase your home’s value.