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How to Plan a Backyard Renovation
Backyard renovations can be pricey, so it is always best to have a plan in place before anything is started. As you are beginning the planning process of your renovation, you will want to keep a number of things in mind. Following some of these ideas will help you create a beautiful outdoor space where you can spend valuable time with family and friends.
Create A Budget
So many people begin renovations and have no idea of how much money they want to spend. This is not something we recommend, because it is easy to overspend in a short amount of time. You must make sure your budget is reasonable though or you won’t get too far into your backyard renovation either. So, determine what you are comfortable spending on this project and then figure out how to make your budget work with what you want to accomplish. Your budget will form an intergral part of your renovation plan.
Be Aware of the Space You Have Available
Sometimes, when we envision what we want our backyard renovation to look like, we might overestimate the size of our property. It's important to understand the size of the space available so we have a better vision of what kind of design can be added to our space. This will help you plan the best backyard renovation with realistic expectations, so you can achieve your goals.
Determine Who Will Be Using This Space
As you are designing your backyard space and creating a plan, it is better to know who will be using the space. Older people may not be able to handle a lot of stairs, while children will need more space to play than sit.
Be Aware of the Future
Everyone’s needs change over the years. While creating your backyard renovation plan, we recommend thinking ahead to the future and creating a backyard space that will work now and long in the future. You may also consider the top trends for backyards. This will save you a lot of time and money later.
Know the Local Codes
Every town and city have their own building codes and ordinances. You will want to be aware of them for where you live and include them in your backyard renovation plan, to avoid headaches further into your project. Thankfully, when you hire a contractor like us to do the work, we know all the local codes. Therefore, this is one step you can skip during this project if you hire a professional.
Plan the Layout of Your Backyard Renovation
Once you have an idea where you are renovating your yard and how you will use the space, it will be time to plan the layout of you backyard model project. You can do this by drawing it to scale on a piece of paper. Or you can even use tape or spray paint to create a live version of your layout. We prefer tape, or another material that can be moved easily, because it will allow you to move things around until you are happy with the results.
Create a Path to Your New Backyard Oasis
Your backyard renovation may be wonderful, but it may be difficult to reach if you don’t create a path to get there. You don’t want people to be walking through knee-high grass or mud to reach this gorgeous new outdoor space. So, make sure a new pathway is part of your plan during the backyard renovation.
The neighbors are going to seem much closer when you are trying to enjoy your new backyard. Therefore, it is best to consider how to make sure you have your privacy when you are outside when creating your backyard renovation plan. You do not need to block this entire space off. But you may want to consider adding a pergola that you can surround with curtains to open and close as you need them.
You may be thrilled about all the time you will be able to spend outside, but that may come to an abrupt halt on the first sunny and hot day. There is no way you are going to want to be uncomfortable in your own yard, so make sure you add shady areas if you can into your plan.
Don’t Forget the Furnishings and Finishing Touches
As you are purchasing materials and executing your backyard remodel plans, do not forget to add outdoor furnishings and all the finishing touches to your list of things to purchase. These items need to be within your initial budget, and they are easy to overlook as you are in the planning process.
These are ten tips on how to plan a backyard renovation. If you follow all these tips, you should be successful with all your backyard renovation plans. And before you know it, you will be sitting outside enjoying the gorgeous space.
Contact Shai at Green Advisor, Inc. for your home and landscape renovation needs 888-869-0987.