While most people think of hardscape elements in their yard as large and expensive, you can do a lot with even a small and budget-friendly hardscape plan. To help you find the perfect addition for your space, here are 4 fantastic, inexpensive options.
Budget Kitchen. An outdoor kitchen doesn't have to be elaborate and filled with exotic building materials. All you really need is a spot that you can protect from the elements and a solid footing underneath. Look for simple flooring materials like concrete, stamped concrete, flagstone, or pavers. Make sure it's close enough to electrical and plumbing hookups that you can run water and power. Beyond that, how much more you do depends on your budget. A rolling cart or butcher block island and a grill can get you started enjoying the outdoors.
Fire Pit. Few things invite people out to your yard more than a soft and romantic flame. Modern fire pits come in all shapes and sizes. If your space is small, look for a mobile round or square fire pit or a chiminea. If you have more room to fill, you may want to opt for a full fireplace. Today's fireplace kits make the construction easier than ever and make the fireplace appear fancier than it really is.
Reading Nook. If you're looking for ways to enjoy your backyard on your own, finding a good spot becomes even easier. Find a nice spot under some trees or string a sail shade to keep the sun or rain away. Then, put down a layer of sand or gravel to form a more solid floor. Because the area is small, you can splurge on fun flooring materials like flagstones, bricks, or even tile. Bring in a classic parlor table and chair set or string a hammock between two poles. And don't forget to include a table on which to enjoy your afternoon drink!
Lighted Walkway. Get people moving around in your yard by offering them easy access and navigation. Clear space in your yard to build a wide walkway that takes visitors past some of the best parts (or views) of your yard. Walkway materials should be matched to the style of your yard, such as by using wood in a more casual environment and geometric pavers in a formal landscape. Place solar stake lights along the walkway or hang fun lanterns on shepherd's hooks to help people navigate. For a unique touch, paint stone pavers with glow-in-the-dark paint and watch it animate your yard.
No matter what type of hardscape addition is right for you, you can use it to give you yard an instant makeover in as little as a weekend. Go to a website like http://www.natures-design.biz to read more.
I have always been someone who absolutely adores being outside, which is probably one of the reasons I decided to buy a home with a large lot. However, as soon as I moved in, I realized that yard work was a lot more challenging than I had anticipated, which is why I called in a team of professional landscapers. They were amazing to work with and got right to it, and within a few days, the yard was looking amazing. I wanted to create a blog all about creating beautiful outdoors spaces so that other people can help to beautify the world.