The average Australian backyard has been steadily shrinking. Although there are still houses with 100m² or 150m² yards, the majority of modern houses have 50m² or less. Interestingly, this decrease in yard space is a trade-off. Lots aren’t getting smaller but houses are getting bigger.
Regardless of the size of your backyard, you need to landscape it to ensure you get the most from it. After all, the yard is supposed to be an extension of your home.
Add A Decking
Decking is easy to install and creates an effective entertainment area or simply a place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. It’s best if the entertainment area is next to the house as it makes the process of entertaining easier.
Of course, an entertaining area needs coverage to protect it from the heat of the sun. The best way to do this is to use awnings. These can be manual or electric and offer shade and even some additional privacy. Best of all, they can be wound in when not in use, preventing them from being damaged in bad weather.
In effect, you have created an extra room outside.
Plant Palm Trees
These do take a while to grow, you’ll want to start with some that are already established. The aim is to plant several trees around a specific part of your yard and create a tropical vibe. There are few better ways to relax in your own back yard.
Add A Vegetable Garden
If you like vegetables and fancy trying to grow some yourself then a vegetable garden is essential. To make the area look good and keep it simple to maintain it’s advisable to create raised wooden beds. These can be in any shape you like and you can have as many or as few as you like.
A Water Feature
Listening to the sound of water flowing is soothing. It’s also a great focal point for your yard. The water feature doesn’t have to be excessively large, just big enough to have the desired effect. You can design and create it yourself.
The Floating Bench
The floating bench is a great feature that will get guests talking. It is simply pieces of wood placed on strong support brackets that make it look like there is no support. Of course, as well as being a cool feature it is practical if you need to sit down.
If your yard slopes then the simplest thing to do is split it into two levels. You simply need to build a retaining wall to separate the levels. You can then create different spaces in your yard depending on what you like to do most.
Add A Pool
If you have the space, it’s worth adding a pool that everyone can use. It should be big enough to swim in but you’ll need to consider the location as it also needs to be easy to get to from your home. In-ground pools are the more expensive option but they look great and do add value to your home.
Don’t forget, the backyard is a personal space. Anything is possible with a little imagination.