Your home is your biggest investment. That’s why it’s important to make each square foot of it — including the backyard — count.
Here are two home improvements that create instant space for entertaining.
Build a Fire Pit
Ready to boost your backyard offerings but don’t know where to begin? Follow ancient civilizations’ example and build a fire pit. It serves both form and function, creating a focal point and warming you up during cool summer nights and chilly winters.
A fire pit instantly expands your entertaining options, whether you’re listening to music on exterior speakers while enjoying flickering flames; sipping wine or playing card games; or roasting marshmallows and sharing ghost stories.
The options are endless, and the glow adds ambiance that enhances any occasion.
Building a fire pit from pavers isn’t difficult; your local home center sells kits with everything you need. And they fit a range of budgets — from $200 to $2,000. It just depends on the project’s size and aesthetic.
Of course, you can always make a fire pit from scratch, too. Just search online for a design you like, purchase pavers and construction adhesive from the home center, and start building!
Want to learn more? Watch: How to Build a Fire Pit
Build an Adirondack Chair
Once you’ve built a fire pit, you’ll need some backyard seating. After all, standing around a fire isn’t that relaxing!
You could purchase manufactured chairs to surround the blaze, but you never know what’s “in” today and “out” the next.
And it’s nice to make memories on furniture that’s built to last and stands the test of time.
An Adirondack chair — distinguished by its broad arms, slatted back and low seat — is functional, stylish and timeless.
Adirondacks, named after the Adirondack Mountains in northeastern New York, are ideal lounge chairs in their own right, but they especially shine on steep hills, where it’s still possible to sit upright due to their unique design.
The chair matches just about any style, and with proper maintenance, will look just as good in your backyard today as it does 10 years from now.
Now, you can purchase factory-made Adirondacks, but hand-built wooden chairs have more character and charm than their plastic counterparts.
No wooden Adirondack chair is the same as the next one. There are traditional Adirondacks, chairs with attached ottomans, miniature kid-sized chairs, two-seaters, and the list goes on.
Just search online for plans that match your style and seating needs — you’ll likely find a match.
Best of all? You can build one without much difficulty, and then use that template to build more chairs – however many you need to surround your fire pit.
Want to learn more? Watch: Building an Adirondack Chair for Your Yard
Define Your Entertainment Space
Placing your Adirondack chairs directly on the grass not only causes deads spots in your yard, but it also makes mowing more difficult. Every time you have to cut your grass, you’ll have to haul the chairs away to get an even cut.
The solution? Create a surround using paver base.
Start by outlining the area with spray paint. Then, excavate a few inches of soil.
Next, add a border to the surround. You can use pavers, fiber cement siding or landscape edging.
Fill the surround with paver base, and top if off with some pea gravel.
Finally, use a tamp to compact it.
Watch the video above to see how it’s done!
For more outdoor project ideas, check out this new resource on Backyard Life from Exmark: https://backyard.exmark.com/
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How would you enhance a blank backyard? Share your comments below!