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Eight Design Ideas for Upgrading Your Backyard

How to transform your Hamilton backyard into an outdoor oasis

Your backyard is an extension of your home and provides a great space to relax and entertain. With some simple design ideas, you can transform your backyard into an inviting and stylish oasis.

Here are some design ideas to upgrade your outdoor spaces.

1. Get cooking in an outdoor kitchen

If you love to entertain, installing an outdoor kitchen in your backyard is one upgrade you’ll never regret. 

Think beyond the grill and customize your kitchen to suit your needs. Include features to make cooking and serving food easy, convenient and fun — like a refrigerator, sink, cabinets and more. Add a pizza oven and you’ll be the hero of the backyard barbecue!

An outdoor kitchen can be an extension of your indoor living space and can be customized to match the aesthetics of your home. 

2. Cool off in the pool

A swimming pool can be a fantastic addition to any backyard, providing a fun and refreshing way to cool off during hot summer days while also adding value to your property. There are many sizes and shapes to choose from, so finding one to fit into your backyard is a breeze. 

3. Relax in the hot tub

Adding a hot tub to your backyard can improve your life in many ways — whether you enjoy soaking alone or with family and friends. Either way, the warmth of the water and bubble of the jets relaxes your body and soothes your soul. 

4. Add function and beauty to your yard

Creating different zones in your backyard can help you maximize the space and make it more functional. For example, you can use fencing or privacy screens to create a dining area, a lounge area or a play area for children. 

Unused spaces could be completely transformed with walkways, patios and decks — and don’t forget to include an outdoor structure for interest and shade. Pergolas, gazebos and pavilions are some of the most popular choices. 

Use outdoor rugs, furniture and plants to help define each zone and make it feel like a separate space.

5. Light up the night

Outdoor lighting can make your property safe, secure and more inviting while allowing you to enjoy it long after the sun goes down. 

String lights, lanterns, and other outdoor fixtures add warmth and charm to your home, while accent lighting can be used to highlight trees, fountains or other special features.

6. Cozy up to the fire

A fire pit can create a focal point in your backyard and provide a cozy gathering place for friends and family. You can choose a pre-made fire pit or build your own using stones, bricks, or metal. You can also add comfortable seating around the fire pit to create a relaxing ambiance.

7. Work on your short game…at home

Want to get in a few putts before dinner? It’s easy when you have a putting green in your backyard! Having a putting green — or another type of sports court — in your backyard is a great way to improve your game without missing out on time with the family. It’ll also add enormous value to your property.

8. Plant trees, shrubs and flowers

Plants and landscaping add colour, texture and interest to your backyard, and there are many different types of gardens to choose from.

Potted plants and hanging baskets liven up patios and entryways, while a cutting garden creates endless bouquets to use indoors. A butterfly garden is a beautiful way to invite nature into your yard, and a vegetable garden can supply you with fresh, nourishing food all summer long. 

Adding landscaping features such as rocks, mulch, or pathways creates a cohesive and polished look. 

Upgrading your backyard can be a fun and rewarding project. By incorporating these design ideas, you can create a backyard that is not only beautiful but also functional and inviting.

As you can see, there are many ways to transform your backyard into a stylish and enjoyable oasis. If you’d like more ideas or want to discuss what’s possible for your yard, feel free to get in touch with us — we’d love to hear about your project!