More families are opting to entertain outdoors than ever before. Between the ability to take advantage of the myriad benefits of spending time in nature, keeping guests outside also reduces the amount of cleanup afterward. Hey, no one said you had to be completely altruistic! If that sounds appealing, try a few of these DIY projects to get your yard party-ready.
1. Spruce Up Landscape Plants
A thorough cleanup is a perfect start to a great entertaining area. A few things you’ll want to include are:
- Pruning trees and shrubs that encroach on your seating and cooking areas
- Pickup up old leaves
- Refresh mulched areas with new material
- Add a few colorful plants or sculptures
Any trees that are sick or have bugs can often benefit from an arborist’s assessment. That will provide the information you need to decide on rehabilitating or removing them. Another point to keep in mind is that many towns don’t allow yard waste in regular trash pickup containers.
2. Add Solar Lights
Solar lights make an excellent DIY addition to a backyard. No special skills are required to install them, making it easy for anyone. Opt for various figure types to maximize your available space. For example, walkway and step lights for safety, floodlights to enhance special areas, and a set of string lights above your seating arrangement.
3. Install a Paver Patio
A paver or stone patio helps create a central place for tables, chairs, and a grill. It also gives your yard a focal point that will last for years. Moreover, with the wide range of pavers available nowadays, it’s easy to find a style that complements your home’s design.
While this project may require more expertise compared to others, you can easily find helpful tutorials and instructions online. A simple search for “How to install a paver patio” will provide you with abundant resources to assist you. In some cases, it may be a good idea to reserve a concrete dumpster rental before beginning your project.
4. Build a Backyard Firepit
If you are not quite up to building a patio but still want to incorporate some hardscaping, consider a firepit. Designing and constructing them is a straightforward process, allowing you to have a fully functional one in a weekend or even less time.
Prior to construction, it is essential to consult with your local municipality and HOA (if applicable) to determine if there are any regulations regarding burning. If restrictions are in place, you may need to consider alternatives such as a pre-made gas unit or forgo this option altogether.
5. Put Up Privacy Screening
Even if your yard is enclosed, many fences do not provide enough privacy to keep out prying neighborhood eyes. Luckily, this can be fixed with a few simple DIY projects.
Adding a privacy screen can be as simple as installing reed sheets to stakes or along an existing fence. If you want a more permanent solution, consider adding lattice panels around your entertaining areas. Go at least six feet high for the most privacy.
6. Assemble an Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor kitchens are awesome features, but many people skip them due to the high upfront cost. However, you can bring together the best parts of a high-end custom kitchen with a little effort and creativity — and without a high investment.
Start with the things you already have. A standard grill, a cooler, and a hose are your basics. If you have a propane fridge, that is even better, but it isn’t necessary. Then, hit the internet for some inspiration on low-budget outdoor kitchen ideas to bring everything together into a cohesive plan.
7. Hang a Hammock
After completing several DIY projects, there’s nothing quite like relaxing in a hammock. Locate a suitable hammock and set it up between a pair of trees or use a stand if tree availability is limited. Once it’s in place, grab a refreshing drink, and treat yourself to a well-deserved break.
You raise your outdoor hosting experience by starting on creative DIY attempts like building a patio and a firepit or designing an outdoor kitchen. These projects will add a unique touch to your outdoor space and enhance your entertaining capabilities.