3 ways to make your backyard better

This Memorial Day, consider spicing up your backyard.

Not only will you make the summer months more fun and enjoyable, but you'll also increase your home's value should you decide to sell your property in the near future. These upgrades or repairs can provide a sizeable return on investment and open the eyes of potential buyers.

Even better, you won't have to spend a large sum of money making some changes to your backyard.

Backyard.A new patio and fire pit are great additions for this upcoming summer.

Build a patio

Swap out a regular concrete area for a patio built with pavers. According to DIY Network, pavers are moderately priced and are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

Pavers add a pleasant dimension to a backyard that a standard concrete patio cannot. Additionally, pavers are much easier to repair because if one is damaged, you can either turn it over to the other side or replace it.

While you will need to buy most of the supplies, construction of a patio with pavers can be completed in a weekend and is not terribly difficult to finish. Major steps in the process, according to a guide from The Home Depot, include digging a place for the patio, adding a base layer and placing the stones.

A new patio area can then be the cornerstone of your backyard with a grill and plenty of seating for guests. It can also double as a space you can use to go outside and relax in the warm weather.

A fire pit

Outdoor fires are perfect for those summer nights that aren't too hot, but where there's still a chill. Family and friends can gather around the warm flames and share stories or roast some marshmallows.

According to This Old House, building a fire pit will take a few days of work and in most instances, can be completed in about one weekend. Before getting started, you will need to check your city's or town's fire codes to see what regulations you may have to comply with.

Some materials you will need are capstones, cast-concrete wall stones, a steel campfire ring and read-mixed motor, among other supplies. Aim to build your fire pit anywhere from 36 inches to 44 inches in diameter.

A benefit of building your own fire pit is it doesn't need to be a creative masterpiece. Even a small pit will be a great addition for you to use in summer and appeal to homeowners who also like to spend time outdoors.

"You can't forget about the lighting when fixing up your backyard."


You can't forget about the lighting when fixing up your backyard. Manufacturers develop specific lighting types that are ideal for outdoor situations. These lights can be used in a variety of situations.

Before you head to the store to buy lighting, HGTV recommends you ask yourself the purpose of this lighting. For example, you should figure out if the lighting will be used to create an intimate atmosphere, or if you're looking to increase the security of your property. 

From there, map out your backyard and how much landscape lighting you want to include. It might be beneficial to light up a path or around a fire pit. Settling on how much lighting you want to include can also help lower costs while maximizing the backyard's appeal because landscape lighting can be used at night and during the day.

You may even find it appealing to hang some lights in a tree for even greater effect in your backyard.

This Memorial Day, take the time to make some upgrades to your backyard. These projects won't require you to deplete your savings account, but they can go a long way toward increasing your home's value if you're also looking to put it on the market.

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