Odds are that if you have outdoor space, it’s not being put to good use. Your backyard can be so much more than just an empty slab of concrete and your patio can be more than just a space to throw some lawn chairs and an umbrella on. If you want to get the most out of your outdoor space, it’s important to plan ahead, do your research, and make sure you choose the right project before you begin construction. This guide will help you pick the right project, using the best value, based on what you want your outdoor space to be used for.


Patio With Fire Pit


The patio, and more specifically, your outdoor fireplace or fire pit, is a great addition to any home. While it may not be a necessity in terms of heating or cooling your home—and can be quite pricey—it will add considerable value to your space. You’ll have a place for romantic fireside dinners and late-night chats; you can use it for stargazing and relaxation, or you could even throw a few logs on there and roast some marshmallows! What are you waiting for? It’s time to think about adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to your home today. It may take some planning and preparation, but if done correctly (with permits), you can make your own backyard paradise at just about any time or you can call a contractor who can do it for you.


Screened Porch


A screened porch provides natural light and fresh air, along with insect protection. It also gives you an extra indoor living space in warmer months. Before you put in a screened porch, make sure your house has adequate ventilation and airflow so it doesn’t get stuffy. Also be aware that some local codes require stairways or decks to remain accessible from both sides of a screened porch for safety reasons, which can be difficult if you’re working with a narrow lot or have neighbors next door who are close enough to see over your fence.  Be aware of these rules when considering whether or not a screened porch is right for you.


Fire Pit Seating Area


It’s a bold move to position your new fire pit in full view of anyone walking into your backyard, but you can easily camouflage it behind a screen of trees or shrubs. A screened-in porch isn’t just for summer use. It also protects from bugs and rain when used year-round as an outdoor seating area. Add some lighting, heating, and indoor comforts like pillows, umbrellas, chairs, and outdoor rugs.


Fire Pit Waterfall


Fire pits are a must-have in any backyard, and you don’t need to build one yourself! With the help of a contractor, anyone can add class to their yard. In fact, it may be one of your favorite home improvements ever. Add some water to turn your fire pit into an awesome waterfall—that way, it doesn’t burn through all your wood! And not only is adding water aesthetically pleasing, but it also serves as a focal point for conversation. Now that’s what we call bringing more value to your home.


Backyard Getaway


Creating a backyard getaway adds value to your home, both for resale and for using it. Investing in an outdoor kitchen gives you a place to hang out and entertain that’s attached to your house but separate from it; you can create something that feels rustic or modern, depending on what you want it to look like. If a full kitchen seems like too much space to fill, consider adding some more low-key amenities—grills are cheaper than kitchens and add just as much style. A pergola makes an excellent addition if you have good weather most of the year—especially if you use it as an arbor for some climbing flowers or vegetables! If all these ideas seem overwhelming, remember that building them one at a time is better than trying to overhaul everything at once and you can always use a contractor.


Pathway Lighting


Lighting your outdoor pathway is an easy way to add visual interest and safety to your garden. Pathway lighting isn’t very expensive, but it can add a lot of visual interest and atmosphere in a limited amount of space. What’s more, adding lights will improve your home’s safety by making it easier for you to navigate in low-light conditions—which is helpful if you have young children or pets who wander outside after dark. Fortunately, there are lots of different types of path lighting available these days. You don’t need to spend a fortune on professionally installed path lights; instead, you can get great results by installing some DIY floodlights or solar pathway lights around your yard. Just keep in mind that installing path lights is a simple DIY project that requires only basic do-it-yourself skills; because they require direct power sources (like electricity) they aren’t suitable for indoor use.


Brick Paver Walkway

Reclaimed brick pavers are a classy look for any walkway. The great thing about using brick pavers is that they’re fairly easy to install. You can do it yourself if you want, or hire a contractor if you’d rather not deal with it on your own. Either way, you’ll have a classy walkway in no time at all. Add a table & chair set: Add some additional seating space by building a wooden table and some accompanying chairs. This will give you additional dining space as well as increase your entertaining area when guests come over for dinner.