If you think back to your childhood, you’ll probably remember some wonderful times in your own backyard. It’s the place where brothers and sisters hang out, friends come over to play, and families have great barbecue meals. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a backyard but those who do should definitely take advantage of the space. A backyard isn’t just for looking pretty, it plays a big part in spending time with the people you love while adding to the overall decor of your household. So if you’re staring through the window and looking at an empty backyard right now, it might be time to make a few additions. Without breaking your budget or completely overhauling the landscape, you can still add fun elements. Here are a few suggestions for making your backyard a more exciting place to be.
We’re not necessarily talking about a full-on pool since it can cost a lot of money if you don’t have one already. But these days there are wonderful selections of above-ground pools that go hand-in-hand with summer. Some of them are so easy to set up that you can also take them down during the off-season. It might not be as large as a regular pool, but the kids won’t complain one bit. An alternative idea would be to install a hot tub that can be used any time of year if you have the right deck configuration.
Don’t you have memories of bouncing on your neighbor’s trampoline when you were a kid? It seems like a general rule that every kid has to spend some time on a trampoline at some point. It’s amazing how such a simple premise can be so much fun, and it’s not just a novelty. For an idea that’s a bit of a throwback it doesn’t have to cost a lot, a trampoline will definitely pump up the fun.
With a few simple additions to your backyard and a bit of creativity, you can set up your own mini-golf course. You don’t have to go so far as to keep all of the grass in regulation form or keep it trim like a professional golf course. Almost any backyard is already suited just the way it is. And if you happen to be a do-it-yourself person, then a bit of time in your tool shed with some woodwork can yield some wonderfully interesting golf holes. Put them anywhere you like in your backyard for a round of family mini-golf.
A Tree House
Perhaps no backyard feature epitomizes childhood like a tree house. It’s the place where kids go to set up their own private club. You can also go with a fancier elaborate version where children can have sleepovers. Even a simple tree house can be a lot of fun especially when attached to trap doors, swings, and a lookout point. You can put one together yourself with a personal design or easily find ready to build models at your local hardware store. You’ll probably also find your inner child coming out to play when you’re putting it together.
Not every idea has to be for the kids – you can have some fun too. Another backyard addition can be a full cooking station complete with a grill and kitchen amenities. Most people have a standard barbecue already, but imagine if you had a full designated area complete with counter-tops and lots of preparation space. You can put a self-serve bar nearby and have a lounge area complete with an outdoor fireplace. This perfect barbecue space will be your secret weapon for throwing the best neighborhood parties around. And with the simple addition of overhead covering, you don’t have to limit your cooking to just the summertime.