Backyard Ideas

Are you looking for backyard design ideas? If you’re in need of a backyard remodel, we can help you design the outdoor space of your dreams! From DIY patio furniture projects to tips for setting up the ultimate entertainment space, here’s everything you need to create the backyard you’ve always wanted!

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GETTING
STARTED

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BACKYARD
LANDSCAPING

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BACKYARD
PATIO IDEAS

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OUTDOOR
LIVING SPACES

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BACKYARD
ENTERTAINMENT

Backyard Ideas to Get Started

Need some simple backyard ideas? Whether you’re on a budget or have a small yard, these backyard design ideas can help you make over your space!

A backyard patio with furniture and lights at dusk

Backyard Ideas to Get Started

A backyard patio with furniture and lights at dusk

Need some simple backyard ideas? Whether you’re on a budget or have a small yard, these backyard design ideas can help you make over your space!

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Build a DIY Patio

Spruce up your backyard by adding a patio! Not only do patios provide you with a place to set up outdoor seating, but they can also increase the resale value of your home. There are all kinds of patio surface options you can choose from: brick, concrete, tile, stone, and more!

A backyard patio with furniture and lights at dusk

Add Outdoor Lighting

With backyard lighting, you can create a more dynamic outdoor living space! Drape string lights over a patio for a starry-night feel. Hang retro Edison bulbs over an outdoor kitchen or bar for an industrial look. Or add torches around your deck to illuminate your area and keep bugs away.

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Install a Water Feature

Want to create a calming backyard oasis? One of the best ways to give your outdoor living space a makeover is by setting up a fountain or small pond. These simple water features are easy to install on your own and can be a tranquil addition to your home’s landscape.

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Establish Some Privacy

Thinking about privacy when designing a backyard is always a good idea! Maybe you have kids or pets that you need to keep within your yard. Or maybe you just don’t want your neighbors to see everything you’re doing. Whatever the situation, a fence, tall hedges, or privacy screens can help!

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Include Plenty of Shade

If you’re in an area that gets a lot of sunshine and heat, then it’s smart to have shade in your backyard. Keep cool under a shade sail or retractable awning. Build a DIY pergola to avoid the sun in your outdoor living room. Or use canopies and umbrellas to block out the heat.

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Backyard Landscaping Ideas

You can take your backyard to the next level with landscaping projects! From layered plants and edging to retaining walls and walkways, these landscaping ideas can spruce up your yard.

Green landscaping with a path of pavers that lead up a set of stairs

Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Green landscaping with a path of pavers that lead up a set of stairs

You can take your backyard to the next level with landscaping projects! From layered plants and edging to retaining walls and walkways, these landscaping ideas can spruce up your yard.

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Create a Path

With a walkway, you can guide guests through your outdoor living space in a stylish way. Lay down pavers made of concrete, brick, or stone to create a welcoming path into your garden or directing to your outdoor patio. And don’t forget to include ground lighting for nighttime visibility!

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Layer Different Textures

Your outdoor plants don’t have to be all the same type or even set up on the same level in your backyard. In fact, the more varied the plant arrangements in your landscape, the more visually dynamic your outdoor living space will be! Try mixing hostas with shrubs, trees, and flowers.

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Build a Retaining Wall

If your yard has uneven surfaces or sits on a hill, consider adding a retaining wall to your landscape. Retaining walls prevent erosion and can protect your yard from thinning due to heavy rainfall. And you don’t need to hire professionals—this can be a DIY backyard project!

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Edge Your Yard

One way to make your backyard more appealing is to incorporate landscape edging. By placing stone, brick, or rock around trees and other plants in your yard, you can create striking lines that stand out. Not to mention, edging helps to retain soil and mulch around your outdoor plants.

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Opt for Low-Maintenance

Don’t want to spend hours seeding, watering, and mowing your lawn? A low-maintenance landscape can help! Whether you choose to xeriscape, install turf, or set up a rock garden in your outdoor living space, a low-effort yard can be a great addition to any backyard makeover project.

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Backyard Patio Ideas

If you already have a backyard patio in your outdoor living space, give it a makeover with some fresh ideas! Adding new outdoor furniture, features, and decor can help you upgrade your patio.

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Backyard Patio Ideas

A stone paved patio with a lit firepit and patio furniture around it

If you already have a backyard patio in your outdoor living space, give it a makeover with some fresh ideas! Adding new outdoor furniture, features, and decor can help you upgrade your patio.

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Focus on Comfort

Especially if you’re designing an outdoor living room on your patio, make sure you have comfortable seating available for you, your family, and your guests. Ditch the uncomfortable plastic chairs for plush, all-weather outdoor sofas, swings, daybeds, and lounge chairs.

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Make Your Own Furniture

Whether you’re on a budget or you prefer to upcycle old items, creating DIY patio furniture is one way to improve your outdoor space! Build a coffee table out of old wooden pallets. Design an outdoor bench with plenty of storage space. Or construct a bar cart for backyard cookouts!

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Cover Your Space

Want to be able to enjoy your backyard patio no matter the weather throughout the year? Build a cover for your patio! Whether you opt for a pergola, awning, shade, umbrella, curtains, or full roof, covered patios allow you to stay safe from the elements while enjoying your outdoor living space!

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Get Playful with Decor

Have fun with your backyard patio decor! Try mixing and matching decorating styles like industrial and vintage to create a unique look in your outdoor living space. Incorporate different colors and textures with outdoor furniture. Or add knick-knacks like old watering cans and lanterns on tables.

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Show Off Your Green Thumb

Plants have a multitude of uses in your backyard, from privacy to ambience. When designing your outdoor patio, don’t forget to include plants throughout the space! You could add potted palms and trees, hanging vines, flowers, and more. You might even consider setting up a vertical garden!

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Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Think of your outdoor living space as an extensive of your home. By designing your backyard with unique living spaces, you can create a seamless experience between the indoors and outdoors.

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Outdoor Living Space Ideas

A circular firepit area with a lit fire surrounded by a stone bench and gravel with a covered patio in the background

Think of your outdoor living space as an extensive of your home. By designing your backyard with unique living spaces, you can create a seamless experience between the indoors and outdoors.

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Get Your Grill On

Outdoor kitchens are a huge trend in outdoor living space designs. You can set up the ultimate cooking station outside by including a built-in grill, custom storage drawers, wood-fire oven, refrigerator, and more. Additionally, be sure to include lots of counter space for meal prep!

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Gather Round the Table

Regardless of whether you have an outdoor kitchen or not, you’ll want a space where you can sit down for a meal with family and friends. Install a pergola or canopy over a patio, add a large outdoor table, and put comfy seats all around it for dining outside when the weather’s nice!

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Kick Back & Relax

Another way you can create a comfortable backyard space is by designing an outdoor living room on your deck or patio. Add ample seating with outdoor couches and chairs and include accents like a weatherproof rug, end tables, string lights, patio umbrellas, and smart speakers.

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Heat Up by the Fire

An outdoor fire pit is ideal for designing a warm, inviting outdoor living space! With options for wood-burning or gas-powered fire pits, as well as tons of different designs and layouts, you can create an outdoor lounge area that will keep your family and guests warm throughout the night!

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Bring the TV Outside

If you have a gazebo or a covered patio or deck, you might consider setting up your family room outside! Hooking up a flatscreen TV in your outdoor living space makes it easy for you and your family to catch the big game or your favorite TV show while also enjoying the beautiful weather.

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Backyard Entertainment Ideas

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Backyard Entertainment Ideas

A table full of people and food passing around plates and eating

Want the ultimate backyard entertainment center? From cooling off in an outdoor pool to watching movies on an outdoor projection screen, you have to try these unique backyard ideas!

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Design a Backyard Bar

Invite your friends and family over to a backyard bar, complete with built-in taps, refrigerators full of your favorite beverages, mixology essentials, and classic bar stools. You could even go the extra mile by building your outdoor bar into your pool or as an addition to an outdoor kitchen!

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Create a Game Space

Love playing backyard games? When you design your outdoor living space, be sure to carve out a space where your family and friends can gather to play yard games! Popular games you might set up in your backyard include cornhole, spikeball, ladder golf, giant jenga, and croquet.

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Stay Cool in the Pool

Adding a pool in your backyard is one of the best ways to beat the heat and entertain guests. You can go with an above-ground pool that’s easy to maintain, or opt for a more luxurious infinity pool that spans your yard. Whatever you choose, make sure to include plenty of poolside lounging!

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Enjoy an Outdoor Theater

Do you enjoy going to the movies? Transform your backyard into the ultimate outdoor movie theater! Whether you go with a more permanent fixture or a quick-assembly projector screen, your outdoor theater should definitely have a good sound system and cozy seating options.

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Hang Out in a Shed

She sheds, man caves—you name it! By setting up an outdoor shed in your backyard, you can build and design your own unique entertainment space outside your house. Maybe it’s a backyard bar. Or a place where you can host dance parties. Or even a kids playhouse filled with toys!

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