How to make your backyard stand out

Moving into a new house is an exciting time. You get to turn a house into a home by giving each room your touch, and imbuing it with the personality of you and your family. Kids get to set up their rooms, you get to turn your bedroom into your retreat, and the bathroom, kitchen and laundry can all be set up to make life both comfortable and enjoyable. But what about your backyard? A good home will make the most of every inch, and that includes the outdoor space. You need to dedicate care to your backyard and treat it like any other part of your home. It should be full of your personal touches, as well as elements that make it more than just a patch of grass and dirt. Your backyard can be a living space, especially if you incorporate these elements.

Fill it with light.

Don’t limit your yard by only making it available for use during the day. Your garden should be somewhere you can spend time in no matter what time of day it is. The best way to extend your usage is to fill it with light. Outdoor lighting is also a cheap and easy way to decorate your home. You can use light to highlight certain parts of your home, such as your outdoor kitchen or pool while hiding less desirable elements.

Create pathways.

So many homeowners neglect to put pathways in their backyards. Paths are both functional and decorative. They make it easy to move around your backyard, they stop dirt from being tracked into your home, and they allow you to divide your yard and create contrasts, which make it look bigger. You have many materials to choose from, but if you're looking for something that is cost-effective, durable and low-maintenance, you can't go passed concrete. The best part is, you can use decorative elements to make it look like expensive and high-maintenance materials like brick, pavers and slate.

Go vertical.

If you’re living anywhere near a city, chances are you’re dealing with limited space. Homes are getting smaller and so are backyards, so you have to be a bit inventive. Vertical gardens and green walls are popping up everywhere because they allow people to fill their yards with vegetation even if space is limited. They also help to insulate your home and improve the ambient air quality.

Decking is a must.

No matter how good a yard looks, it just seems incomplete without a timber deck. Every Aussie yard needs a deck because they serve so many purposes. They're a focal point to organise the rest of your space around, and they’re the site for everything from sunbathing, to partying and dining. Obviously, these are a just a few elements you can include. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as the things you choose add value, and livability to your home and suit the personality of the people that live in it.

The above blog was sourced from Resolve Finance.