5 Things You Can Add for a Family-Friendly Backyard

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Your backyard is your very own piece of the outdoors. It’s a place to put your feet up after a long day and a place to come together and play as a family. Adding small additions to your backyard can help transform a simple lawn into the perfect family space. But it can be hard to know where to start and what to add. Have a look at these simple design ideas, and you’ll be one step closer to the outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of.

Embrace Technology

We live in a world of constant innovation. From newer and better cellphones to driverless cars and ultrafast internet. So why not embrace technology in your very own backyard. Internet-enabled smart devices can add a lot to your outdoor space. Light up your garden with an intelligent lighting system. Smartphone controlled lights allow you to automate timing and control the ambiance from anywhere. Some even let you pick the exact shade of lighting, giving you complete control.

Here’s your chance to get creative. If you have a big garden wall, you could even set up an outdoor projector. Perfect for hosting your very own backyard movie screening. You can even buy smart controlled grills and robotic lawnmowers!

Utilize Pre-Existing Space

It doesn’t matter if you have a huge backyard or the smallest of courtyards, it’s crucial to make the most of what you have. Clutter will make any outdoor space feel small. Be sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your backyard clean and tidy. Use a bare fence to hang up tools or consider a hinged outdoors seat where you can store kids’ toys or garden equipment.

Utilize what you have to maximize the space you have. If you feel like your existing garden design is limiting, you could always consider a new layout. Many companies offer building quotes with free design plans, which can be a great option if you’re unsure where to start.

Grow Your Own Food

Starting a garden can be a great way to come together as a family. If you have children, it’s also a great way to teach kids valuable skills while getting them excited about their veggies. Gardening is also a great way to relieve stress and get back to nature. Get your green fingers on and start with something yummy and easy to grow. Snow peas are a great start, get planting now, and you’ll have something delicious to munch on in no time.

Pro tip: Don’t let a lack of garden space stop you from getting involved. If you have a bare fence, you can always hang planters vertically. This also helps create a natural aesthetic with your very own living wall.

Unleash Your Inner Child

Have some fun. An outdoor space is a great place for play, and it doesn’t need to be the little ones having all the fun. Think about outdoor accessories you can both use. Swing chairs can be great fun for little people but can also be a great place to relax with a book. Trampolines can also be a reason to get out there and play. If you’re worried about a trampoline looking bulky, you can always dig down and install it level with the ground.

Small touches to your backyard are what will really tie your outdoor space together and make it perfect. That being said every family is different, and your back yard should reflect you. Get the whole family involved and brainstorm some fun ideas that can turn your dream backyard into a reality.

Author bio: When summer or spring comes around, Harper spends many weekends hosting backyard BBQ parties or themed movie nights for family and friends. To get to know Harper more through her writing, follow her on Tumblr.
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