Winter is here so you might not want to be hanging out in your backyard too much, but once spring comes around, your backyard is just the place you want to be to enjoy that beautiful weather. Unfortunately, many people neglect their backyard and it is not uncommon to see houses with nice yards, facades, and interiors but with a substandard backyard. Perhaps the justification is that because visitors don’t usually see your backyard that it’s ok to be neglectful of that space. However, you couldn’t be more wrong, a backyard can not only be an area that you will be proud to show your guests, but an area that can actually directly put food on your table for you and your family. Read on to see our backyard ideas to improve your outdoor space.
Idea #1: Spice up the Lighting
A gloomy backyard is so creepy and no fun to look at at all. Add lighting to your backyard and while ordinary bulbs are fine, there are other more creative options that you can consider namely votive candles and outdoor pendants. The brightness level, lighting types and colors that you choose will vary wildly depending on the design of your home and your own preferences. You want that right balance between form and functionality.
Idea #2: Add an Enclosure or Sunroom
Depending on the climate in your area and your personality, you may prefer to enjoy the wonders of nature within a nice climate-controlled environment. Or maybe you just absolutely can’t stand bugs and would rather not increase your risk of skin cancer with high direct sunlight exposure. Consider adding a sunroom; there are many options, from the smaller screen room to the grandiose four season sunroom. The former lets you enjoy the outdoor weather more but you can’t use it in the colder months whereas you can use the four season sunroom, throughout well, all four seasons.
Idea #3: Create a Garden Perimeter
Your backyard is not your garden, however that doesn’t mean that it should be an arid desert or a concrete slab. Try getting a group of plants and use it to make a perimeter around your patio, which will create a great balance between order and nature. You can use different plant varieties for a more creative look, or use the same type to really focus more on the orderly side of things. Again this depends on your personality. The great thing about this is that it’s not permanent; you can always rearrange the pattern as you see fit.
Idea #4: Add a Seating Area
What’s the point of having such a nice backyard if you can’t enjoy it? Creating a seating area lets you enjoy your backyard better and is great if you like to throw parties too. This can be as simple as nice tables and chairs all the way up to the construction of a fancy gazebo.
Idea #5: Build a Chicken Coop
Yes, seriously. In fact this might be the most practical idea on this list because if you rear your own chickens (part of the current urban farming trend), you will enjoy the following benefits:
- Fresh, organic, eggs daily.
- Fresh, non-factory farmed, non-hormonal meat (if you want).
- An interesting story to tell.
If you want to build your own chicken coop in your backyard, then here are the things you need to know. You can also check out this guide on how to build a chicken coop which will provide you with all the information you need to get started.
- Before doing anything, first plan out how many chickens you intend to have. Each chicken needs about four square feet of space, so consider the size of your backyard and the size of your intended coop.
- Another important factor because you don’t want your coop getting flooded during heavy downpours. This won’t kill your chickens, but it will be a massive pain for you to clean up. Chicken coops should be about 3 feet off the ground.
- Feathers are better insulation than you might think and chickens are actually very comfortable even at near freezing temperatures. In most cases, ventilation is a much more important factor.
- Depending on where you live, there may be natural predators in the environment that could look at your chickens to feed themselves instead of you. Build a fence around your chicken coop if this is the case to protect it from coyotes, foxes, skunks, and weasels.
- Roaming space. Coop space and roaming space is different. It would be cruel to keep your chickens cooped up (get it?) in their coop for their entire lives, they need space to room. The ideal amount of space is 15 square feet of space per chicken.