Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space On A Budget

Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space On A Budget

Create a beautiful and enjoyable outdoor living space without breaking the bank.

As a homeowner, your backyard should be a place you can go to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, allowing you to relax while enjoying the beautiful outdoors of the Carolinas. If you are less than pleased with the appearance and feel of your outdoor living space, it can make your time less pleasant, defeating the purpose of your relaxing and enjoyable space. Could it be time for an upgrade?
It’s easy to put off making changes to your outdoor living space until both time and money are on your side, but don’t let that get in your way! Not only could just a few updates to your backyard improve your quality of life as a homeowner, but they could also increase your home’s value and turn your backyard into a huge selling point! 
Smaller scale updates can provide your outdoor living space with a refreshed look and feel without breaking the bank. To achieve this look, follow these five steps:

1. Keep up with yard maintenance

We know it’s tough to keep up with how fast your yard grows, but there is nothing quite as satisfying as a freshly cut lawn, trimmed shrubs, and cleaned-out garden beds. If you do it yourself, a day or two of regular maintenance every month shouldn’t cost you much at all! The work is worth a beautiful lawn you and your loved ones can enjoy. 

2. Spread fresh mulch (or pine straw, gravel, rocks, sand, etc.)

Whatever it is you have to cover your garden beds, order some new supplies, and take a day to spread it. Materials such as mulch, pine straw, gravel, rocks, sand, etc. not only help your beds retain moisture, suppress weeds, and keep the soil cool, but they also make your garden beds look more attractive. Something so simple can go a long way in refreshing your outdoor living space! 
Related: Landscaping Trends that Increase the Value of Your Home 

3. Install outdoor lighting

A few creative and inexpensive outdoor lighting features can do so much for the ambiance of your outdoor space. Below are a few, affordable suggestions on how to incorporate outdoor lighting into your backyard: 
  • Cluster a few decorative lanterns around your space for a warm and welcoming touch.
  • Hang a weather-resistant chandelier from your pergola or covered patio over a table to create an elegant dining atmosphere.
  • Candles provide a soft, romantic glow–perfect for setting the mood. 
  • Installing path lights on steps and walkways is smart and often the easiest to install yourself. 
  • Also popular are the hanging strands of market lights from beams or railings. 

4. Liven things up with a few plants

You don’t need a green thumb to bring some life to your outdoor living space. Even if you are not a self-proclaimed gardener, you can keep it simple by adding some potted plants!
If you are just starting gardening, a fresh herb garden is never a bad idea for first-time growers. Just think, you’ll have fresh herbs for cooking conveniently located in your backyard and most herb plants serve as bug deterrents too! (Win, win, win!)
Palms and ferns are also great low-maintenance plant options. Try finding colorful planters and pots to add a bit of your original flair to your outdoor area. 

5. Invest in new patio furniture

Over time, weather can wear on your outdoor patio furniture. If this is the case for you, it may be time to invest in some more durable pieces of furniture. Great patio furniture brings comfort and function to your outdoor space and is worth the investment!
Consider what purpose you would like your outdoor living area to serve (cocktail hour mingling, summer BBQ entertaining, or fall afternoon napping?) From there you might choose a long lounge couch, a sturdy dining table, or a few hammocks. Whatever you decide to go with, invest in quality, weather-resistant pieces to keep them fresh over time!
Select from one, two, or all of the previously listed upgrades to elevate both the look and feel of your outdoor living space. Not only will you, the homeowner, further enjoy your time spent outdoors, but any house guests (or interested home buyers if you’re selling) you have over will be envious of your backyard sanctuary.
Once you’ve completed a few home improvements you might be wondering what your home is worth. If you’re curious about your home’s value in today’s market, receive a Free Comparative Market Analysis here.

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So what are you waiting for? Don’t waste another minute of not enjoying your outdoor space. If you’re ready to enrich your backyard with some of our suggestions, do not hesitate to reach out! For more details or questions, contact us
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