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Easy Summer Renovation Ideas for Your Backyard

The summer months are a great time to spend your days and evenings outdoors, whether you’re swimming laps in your pool, tending to your vegetable garden or flipping burgers on your outdoor grill. While it’s still warm out and you’re getting a lot of use out of your backyard, it might be the time to coordinate some renovations to spruce things up. Here are some of our top backyard renovation ideas that can give your backyard a complete makeover:

Hang String Lights

Something you can do to make your backyard feel like a Pinterest haven without breaking the bank is to hang up string lights along your patio seating area. You can buy string lights from several different retailers, including home decor stores, craft stores and even large-scale department stores. You might want to browse retailers’ online selections before going into the store to make sure they have exactly what you’re looking for, as some stores might only carry string lights with small bulbs or, conversely, those with large bulbs.

Install a Fire Pit

Whether you host guests frequently or enjoy the tranquility of quality time with your family, a fire pit is the perfect addition to any backyard. You might think about adding a fire pit to your patio or setting it farther back if you’ve got a large lawn space. Not only is a fire pit an ideal hangout area for adults, but it’s also a great place for kids to roast marshmallows!

Build a Pergola

When your open backyard space is looking a little drab, you might be looking for a little something to add some character and visual excitement. Adding a pergola over a seating area can transform your backyard into an outdoor oasis. Even though this renovation won’t necessarily be something you can do quickly or on a tight budget, it will give your backyard area a complete makeover.

Put Out Some Planters

Whether your backyard space is filled with shrubs and trees or is just an open space, adding some extra greenery can make a big difference in adding energy and feng shui to your outdoor living area. An added bonus? When you line up some tall planters along your patio area — or backyard in general — you’re adding some nice privacy between your yard and your neighbors’ yards. This is especially useful if you live in a neighborhood in which the homes are situated close together.

Create a Stone Path

If you’ve already mulched or landscaped your yard this summer, you might feel like something is missing. A stone or brick path can add some visual interest to a certain area of your yard, calling attention to one of its major features, like your swimming pool, patio or fire pit. A trend that we’ve seen a lot of recently involves making a path with crushed shells, adding a beachy vibe to the yard. If you decide to go this route, make sure you don’t walk along it barefoot — ouch!

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