Your DIY Guide to a Summer Backyard Makeover on a Budget

Summer days are just around the corner, which means it’s time to take your life outside. But is your home ready? Whether you’re looking to refresh, renovate, or lower your energy bills, there are plenty of inexpensive ways to turn your basic green space into a backyard you’ll never want to leave. Check out these great options to create a yard you’ll love without breaking the bank this season.

Invest smartly

The key to pulling off the perfect backyard makeover on a budget is making sure you stick to said budget. So before you get started, take an honest look at your financial situation and determine your priorities. Having a solid idea of how much you can comfortably spend will help you realistically plan your backyard must-haves.

Just because you’re trying to stay within a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have the backyard of your dreams. Think about the areas and features most important to you, and invest your money there. For example, you may choose to fully landscape over buying new patio furniture. Just remember to also be practical here. You can always pull your budget back through creative materials or DIY decor, but if you find your backyard has poor drainage, you’ll want to prioritize that project to protect your investment.

Build a patio

Whether you’re looking to create an entertainment space or are thinking of selling your home this summer, consider adding a small patio or deck to transform your backyard. Not only will this addition increase the value of your home, but it’s relatively inexpensive to do yourself. Lay down a concrete patio or construct an elevated wooden deck with stairs to give your yard major appeal. Use a protective stain or paint that suits your color preferences to give your deck the perfect finishing touch.

Prioritize lighting

Sometimes all a space needs is a little ambiance refresh. Classic string lights or lanterns will help set a calming atmosphere. Wrap them around trees or drape them from a table to add a little fun. Outdoor lighting will not only showcase your space but enhance your property’s curb appeal, as well. And the cost to you doesn’t have to be significant.

If you’re thinking about going green or looking to save on your energy bills, consider investing in a solar panel for your home. Though renewable energy may look pricey upfront, solar panels have a long-term return on investment due to decreased energy usage. If going green fits into your backyard makeover priorities, solar panels are a great way to become energy-efficient and increase your property’s value.

Add a fire pit

Some of the most popular backyard designs are those that include a fire pit. To build your own, you can find budget-friendly materials like angled pavers, gravel, and wall stones. You can also buy a metal one if you’d rather not commit part of your outdoor space to this amenity. Just remember to include ample seating, so you can invite all your family and friends over for a bonfire and marshmallows.

 Finish with low-cost accents

Sprucing up your backyard doesn’t have to include buying or building a “brand new” everything. Simple, seasonal accents could be just what your space needs to feel fresh. Consider potted plants, summer pillows, or an outdoor rug to complete your space. If you’re not looking to buy new outdoor furniture, give your current furniture some TLC with a good cleaning and a coat of paint. Sometimes quick and easy updates can have the biggest impact on your space, and they’ll protect your wallet too! Woodard can also clean your outdoor rugs and patio cushions to renew them for another season!

You don’t need a full remodel to make your space feel brand new. With proper planning, priorities, and a budget, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying summer nights with family and friends in your backyard oasis.


About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration

Woodard was founded in 1946 by Earl and Nancy Woodard. Today, their grandson, Justin Woodard, is the third-generation president and CEO. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Woodard began as a cleaning company and expanded to offer fire and water mitigation, mold remediation and reconstruction, as well as board-up, smoke restoration and hard surface cleaning. Woodard has the most capable employees in the industry! With a mission of Helping People Get Back to Their Lives, Woodard serves both residential and commercial clients in the greater metro area. Woodard takes pride in investing in their employees and is recognized by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as a Top Workplace. For information or questions submit a form online or call us at 314-227-3932.

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Updated 5/24/2022