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Creating Outdoor Style: Backyard Renovations

Creating Outdoor Style: Backyard Renovations By Gigi Siguenza
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

If you're tired of the same old expanse of lawn and scrawny shrubs that currently make up your backyard, it's time for a renovation. Making your backyard into a beautiful and functional space for the family to enjoy adds value to your property and gives you the opportunity to create a personal retreat.

A backyard renovation does not have to involve bulldozers, landscape designers, and a huge expense. With a little bit of planning and some creativity, you can take your currently ho-hum backyard and turn it into an expression of natural beauty that offers functionality and comfort for your family and friends to enjoy.

Decorating Your Outdoor Living Space

By viewing your backyard renovation as a room waiting for decoration, you can create separate functional areas that flow from one to the other. You might want to place comfy chairs and a small outdoor table in a cozy corner next to a small rock waterfall to provide a soothing soundtrack for your peaceful retreat. The barbeque and eating area might be in a more open area, where guests can move more freely and admire your colorful flowerbeds. Open spaces can be enhanced with decorative pavers, strategically placed boulders, and an attractive piece of outdoor art.

Creating Natural Elegance

Regardless of the size of your backyard, adding color always brightens up a backyard renovation. Choosing low maintenance plants that return every year makes the splashes of color something to look forward to every season. By interspersing plants that bloom in different seasons, you can create a beautiful setting that changes as each season flows into the next. Clustering your blooms in small, bordered areas as focal points also makes it easier to maintain the lawn around them. Backyard renovation can be a fun project for the whole family with an end result every can enjoy.


About the Author
Gigi Siguenza is a freelance writer who also works in products & marketing. Schooled in commercial art and design, she formerly worked as a kitchen and bath design specialist.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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