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15 mesmerising backyard ideas to inspire your next outdoor renovation

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Giving your backyard a facelift is a simple way to extend your living space. You can turn it into a place where you can hang out with family or friends, do some gardening, or simply relax and unwind. When it comes to backyard ideas, the possibilities are endless!

In this blog, we’ll help you find inspiration for your next outdoor renovation. Whether you want a grand, lush garden or a low-maintenance green space, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s begin!

Backyard ideas for gardening and landscaping

Create a green escape

Keeping your backyard away from your neighbours’ prying eyes can be extremely beneficial. But instead of a fence, you can opt to use your plants as a privacy screen. That way, you’ll feel surrounded by lush greenery, even if you live in an urban area.

backyard ideas: getting a plant wall

Install a wisteria trellis

Add a whimsical touch to your backyard by installing a wisteria trellis. This one-of-a-kind climbing plant creates an enchanting, otherworldly environment whenever it blooms.

In Australia, wisteria plants bloom in mid-September. Most of the ones you can find in the country are mauve, though you can also find a rare white species.

wisteria trellis in backyard

Turn your backyard into a grand flowerbed

If you have a green thumb, try growing tulips. Plant them in autumn or early winter and you’ll have a colourful and luxuriant garden by spring. In case you live in a warmer part of Australia, you can put the tulips in the crisper for up to six weeks before planting.

flower bed

Add a decorative waterfall

A decorative waterfall can be a delightful and functional addition to one’s backyard. It can act as a focal point for your backyard. Place it in a well-lit corner for maximum impact.

The sound of flowing water works as white noise that may help improve concentration or promote calmness. If you like meditating or reading in your backyard, consider adding this feature.

waterfall in backyard

Build a lily pond

If you want to transform your backyard into a green oasis, consider building a lily pond. Not only is the pond wonderful to look at, but it can also make a comfortable home for koi fish. The lilies provide shade and protection while also keeping the water cool during the summer.

Backyard ideas for entertaining

Build a pergola

If you want to create a functional and comfortable outdoor entertaining area, adequate shade is essential. One way you can achieve this is by building a pergola.

Unlike an umbrella, a pergola is a permanent structure that provides shade and protection from the elements. You can use the space underneath as a sitting or dining area, depending on your needs. A building design expert can help you design a customised and structurally sound pergola for your backyard.

backyard ideas: pergola in backyard

Construct a tiny pool

Outdoor swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes. Even if you feel that your backyard is too small for a full-size swimming pool, you can still add a small pool where you can take a dip and cool down. Surround the pool with a spacious deck and it will be the perfect place to entertain guests in the summer.

small pool in yard

Invest in cosy outdoor furniture

Picking and investing in the right outdoor furniture ensures that you and your guests will have a comfortable area to sit. Metal is durable but may conduct heat, plastic and rubber may get damaged by UV, while wood is susceptible to rot. If you’ve set your mind on wooden furniture, make sure that it comes with a weather-resistant finish. 

As for cushions, they should be covered with fade- and mildew-resistant outdoor fabric. Store them whenever they’re not in use.

Add a gazebo

A gazebo is a sturdy and low-maintenance structure that protects from the elements. Unlike a pergola, it has a closed roof, so it provides more shade and shelter. You can use it for outdoor barbecues and parties.

When designing a gazebo, pick a roof style that’s similar to your main house.  You can also get creative with the shape: some gazebos are round, octagonal, rectangular, and more. In case you’re out of ideas, a building design or drafting professional can help you plan an attractive and functional gazebo for your backyard.

gazebo in lawn

Build a firepit

Building a firepit is one of the best investments you can make in your backyard. Not only does it look attractive, but it also turns your patio into a space you can use in late autumn or early spring. Moreover, it can double as a cooking tool for marshmallows, barbecues, and hotdogs.

Low-maintenance backyard ideas

Build a patio

Building an outdoor patio is a smart option when designing a low-maintenance backyard because it only requires seasonal cleaning, unlike having a backyard with grass or shrubs. You can continue to have small patches of grass or you can install planters on walls if you still want to be surrounded by lush greenery, but you don’t have to maintain a large lawn or an entire flowerbed.

Invest in a greenhouse

Cultivating plants is hard work, but having a greenhouse makes the job a lot easier. The structure protects plants from rain, snow, and excessive sunlight. It also allows you to maintain a climate that’s optimal for plant growth.

Build a low-maintenance pond

Having a pond in your backyard may seem like it requires a lot of maintenance, but not if it’s planned and designed right. Make sure you have a quality pump and filtration system to ensure that the water does not stay stagnant. You can also forego adding fish in case having additional pets sounds like too much work for you.

pond in backyard

Use decorative gravel

Fill up your yard with decorative gravel in a variety of colours to create visual interest. Gravel may not be as attractive as grass, but it can also make a huge impact when used right.

colored gravel

Separate entertaining space

Creating separate sections for your entertaining space and your lawn is a clever way to make sure that the grass stays in good shape. You and your guests can enjoy the outdoor space to your hearts’ content without worrying about stepping on the grass or messing up plant life. Make sure to install footpaths and walkways so that the lawn stays as pristine as possible.

How much does a backyard renovation cost?

Simple backyard makeover projects range from $1,000 to $4,000*. Complete renovations may cost anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000*, depending on the scope of work, the materials needed, and the complexity of the job.

To get a clear idea of how much your outdoor renovation will cost, contact us for a free quote. You can also use our platform to find a building design expert who can help you come up with unique backyard ideas.

*Rates are only rough estimates.

Start your outdoor renovation project now

Investing in making your outdoor living space more appealing and functional can dramatically uplift your quality of life. Instead of spending all your time cooped up indoors, you can step out, enjoy the sun, and breathe fresh air, while staying as comfortable as possible. Just try one of the backyard ideas above, and you’ll have a show-stopping backyard in no time!

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