Outdoor kitchens don’t need to be anything fancy. While a nice grill is all you need to create an outdoor cooking space, consider adding a built in grill surround with a prep area, here’s how! With the help of a pipefitter, you can run a fixed gas line to fuel your grill without the hassle of propane tanks. While you’re at it, install an outdoor fridge to allow easy access to nice cool drinks in the summer heat. A well done outdoor cooking area can be a value add in the event of a home sale.
Take some time before it gets too hot to update your landscaping. Consider new edging for your flower beds, a flagstone path or a brick tree surround to add a little flair and defined lines to your outdoor space. Perennials and trees can also add life to your yard for years to come. Remember, a little landscaping can go a long way and curb appeal is something every buyer looks for.
An outdoor fire creates a fun gathering spot for outdoor entertaining. Pick up an affordable wood burning firepit at your nearest box store or hire a contractor to install a firepit connected to your gas line. If you really want to go for it, DIY firepits like this one can be a fun weekend project and create a very cool space in your yard. Just make sure whatever you do can be easily undone in the event of a home sale.
4. String Lights
Imagine the magical experience of sitting around the fire under twinkling lights. This is a simple project, but you want to do it right. Avoid drilling in directly to your house. Instead, try building support poles like these to bring lighted magic to your backyard without causing damage to your home. This low cost project will provide beautiful ambiance when the sun goes down and the lights come on.
If you have the yard for it, benches around the edge of your deck add a lot of charm and provide extra seating for gatherings. Benches can be made out of the same material as your deck or if you’re the DIY type, recycled pallets. Freestanding benches, such as this one, are an excellent choice because you can take them with you if you move.
These simple projects can be adjusted to any budget and add some fun to your yard. Creating an outdoor space is like adding square footage to your house for the summer. Enjoy the extra ‘room’!