Your backyard is an extension of your home, so it’s important to style it to express your individual style. This can include landscaping, hardscaping, and designing an outdoor living space that is both functional and beautiful. Whether you’re starting from scratch or upgrading your old outdoor living space, here are just a few ways you can make your backyard pop!

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A Multi-Functional Space – The backyard doesn’t just need to be someplace to sit outside. It can have several different functions, from an extra family area to an outdoor kitchen. There could be a pet area for the dogs to run wild and maybe a screened in area where cats can get some fresh air. A TV can be installed in a safe, covered area for outdoor movies or a place to watch the game. The possibilities are endless!

Light It Up! – The right lighting can make all the difference to your outdoor area. Create the perfect ambiance for a romantic night at home, or add great party lights for outdoor fun and BBQs. Talk to your landscaper about the best insect-repelling lighting to keep the pests away.

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Low Maintenance is the Best Maintenance – Choosing the right materials for your outdoor space is important. Focusing on a low-maintenance paver or concrete, as well as trees, flowers, and other flora, can help save time on the upkeep of your outdoors. Perennials provide the option for less gardening year-to-year, and stone pavers will require little-to-no maintenance.

Spend More to Gain More – Spending a little extra money on good-quality, outdoor furniture will be more cost-effective in the long run. Getting weather-treated wooden chairs will last a lot longer than the cheaper plastics. If you’re an outdoor pillow enthusiast,  make sure to bring them inside during storms or if they’re not being used as often. This will extend the life of the material.

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Your Own Secret Garden – If the area allows it, add a gazebo, a hammock, or something comfortable to a part of the backyard, that’s away from the main sitting area. It’s great having that spot to go relax outside to read a book, have a snooze, and more!

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