Making Your Yard Beautiful and Functional

During the holidays we tend to focus on decorating, but now is a good time to begin thinking about more extensive home improvement projects. Starting now gives you plenty of time to daydream, research and plan. When spring rolls around you will want to get out and use your yard as much as possible so focus on developing the outdoors as much as improving the indoors. Yard improvement projects should be affordable, beautiful and customizable. Here are a few more considerations.

Entertainment

One of the best ways to enjoy a backyard is to entertain. People gather over food, so install an outdoor kitchen complete with a barbecue, dining table and bar. People also like to gather around a fire, but go beyond the traditional firepit by installing a custom fireball California feature sure to be a distinctive conversation piece. For interesting juxtaposition, place the fire feature near a pool, water fountain or pond.

Fun

You want to use your yard for your own pleasure and recreation rather than join the latest fad. Before installing anything, consider how you and your family use the yard and what you like to do. In hot climates, backyard pools seem like a great idea but if you don’t like to swim they are a waste of space. The same is true for any item you can add to your yard. Treehouses are trendy but will not get much use of you are afraid of heights. Flower gardens can be lovely but they require constant attention; if you hate weeding they may not be for you.

Sustainability

A wide expanse of lush lawn can keep the yard and house cooler during the hot summer months but it may use too much water if your area is subject to drought. Planting trees is always a good idea no matter where you live. Well-placed trees can save you money cooling the house during summer and heating it during winter. Trees also provide oxygen, combat pollution and reduce erosion while adding to the value and beauty of your property.