Home improvements big and small are always a good idea. Especially when it comes to your outdoor space. And even though we love seeing the looks on our customer’s faces after we complete a total outdoor living makeover, the small upgrades can be just as impactful. The transformative effect of small projects can be astounding. While there are many worthy projects to choose from, we have selected seven ideas that will add beauty, functionality and value to your property this summer and beyond.

Install a Hardscape Path

There’s something romantic and charming about a meandering pathway to your front door. Paths can also become an enticing invitation to backyard visitors, or just provide a convenient route for plant maintenance. Whatever its use, a well-designed and well-built path will enhance the livability and functionality of any yard. They have a huge impact when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. Plus, a winding path can also make a small space feel expansive. What’s not to love?

Plant a Tree or Two

Trees are a wonderful addition to any property. They provide cleaner air, shade, and privacy from neighbors. They also prevent soil erosion in your landscaped yard. Trees can be expensive, but if you buy them small enough you can tend to them for years and appreciate the stages of life. Be sure to select a tree that can grow into the identified space and be sure to give the sapling plenty of attention for the first two years to ensure it has the foundation to grow into the future. As with flowers and shrubs, there are seemingly endless considerations for tree selection as well. Create a lasting legacy on your property by adding a tree that can provide shade, privacy, and beauty. 

Give Definition with a Wall

Create a long-lasting and elegant enclosure by adding a stone wall to your yard. Low barrier or retention walls can add definition, texture, and visual interest to any size yard. Even if you don’t have a large plot to mark off, your patios and landscaped beds are still deserving of a border. Low perimeter walls can define a space or divide a space into well thought out areas. They can also double as a place to sit, to make your landscape more enjoyable.

Add a Fountain or Small Water Feature

Need a space to sit quietly and contemplate the sounds of nature? Birds chirping, breezes blowing, brooks babbling… What—no backyard brook? Not a problem. The next best thing is s softly trickling backyard water feature. Water features can double as a dramatic focal point that can really add some intrigue any yard. Whether you choose a bubbling fountain or a small pond, a water feature may be just what your yard needs. 

Add Some Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lights remain a lasting favorite for outdoor spaces, with good reason. Not only does outdoor lighting add safety to your outdoor space, they also enhance the look of your space at night. Adding lights to your outdoor spaces enhances aesthetic of your home without a lot of work. Even the smallest outdoor lighting project can highlight the beautiful features of your yard after dusk.

Choose a Simple Plant Palette

Although including a huge range of flowers and plants in a landscape is one backyard idea, another is to keep the plant selection simple. Using fewer types and shades of plants gives your yard a monochromatic look, which is totally in right now. Not only that, but a monochromatic color scheme provides an immediate sense of calm and order. It allows plant and leaf forms and textures to take center stage.

Put in a Fire Feature

Outdoor fires are so hot right now. Seriously. Mankind has called the hearth home for the centuries, it’s true. There are many types of fire features available to homeowners right now. But, these days people are going ultra-retro and getting their heat from an outdoor fireplace. Or, If you really want to light up right, do it in style with an elegant and elongated look a six-foot long fire trough that can keep all your guests cozy in the comfort of your back yard

These simple projects make a big difference without a large investment. But maybe you want something more. Maybe, what you want is many of the features from inside your house to be outside where you can enjoy them. That’s Outdoor Living! If so, let us help design and build your outdoor living space! Just remember, whether taking on small projects like a water feature or bigger projects like an outdoor kitchen, working on your yard appeal will always add value and beauty to your home.