Home improvement projects surged during the pandemic. These projects focused mainly on enhancing home offices, installing air filtration systems, and replacing hard-to-clean surfaces. These projects were intended to make these homeowners productive while working at home and keeping their homes safe. But there are a few who focused on making their backyard look better.
If you are one of those who want to enhance their backyards, you have many options. These options include making it into an outdoor living area and setting up a playground for your kids. Here are some of those enhancements you can do with your backyard during the pandemic.
Create an Outdoor Living Area
One great idea is to build a patio or deck in your backyard. With this, you can create an outdoor living area where you can relax at the end of the day. You can even entertain some friends when the pandemic is over. Or if everyone in the household and guests is fully vaccinated.
You can lay bricks, pour concrete, or install a deck in the backyard. But you should get a reliable patio builder since the builder has the necessary training and equipment to make your outdoor living area look great. Additionally, these professionals are insured and licensed, so you’re sure you’ll get your money’s worth.
Get a Grill
If you already have a deck, you can set up a grill for a weekend barbecue with your family. You can get a gas grill or charcoal grill, depending on your preference. A gas grill may be more expensive than a charcoal grill, but gas fuel is cheaper than charcoal. Additionally, a charcoal grill is harder to clean up compared to a gas grill. But whichever type of grill you’ll buy, you can look forward to a great barbecue during weekends at home.
Build a Fire Pit
A fire pit in the backyard is great if you want to hang out outside on a chilly night. It is similar to a fireplace, but it’s located outdoors. You can even roast marshmallows at night with your kids and pretend that you’re out camping in the woods. A fire pit is also a great place to have long conversations with someone special while watching the sun setting over the horizon.
Set Up a Hammock
If you have a couple of strong trees in the backyard, you can set up a hammock where you can enjoy a fresh breeze on a lazy Saturday afternoon. You can even set up a standalone hammock if you don’t have any trees in the backyard. The hammock can be a great place for you to have some quiet time after working the whole week.
Build a Garden
When the pandemic started, people started gardens in their homes just in case a food shortage will happen. It also allowed them to have a ready supply of fresh vegetables. While a food shortage is unlikely these days, you can still start a garden in your backyard.
Aside from providing a supply of vegetables, a garden also offers many physical and mental health benefits. Gardening enhances your self-esteem and makes you happy. It also reduces stress and is good for your heart since working in the garden burns calories and strengthens the heart. Additionally, gardening also gives you the chance to get a healthy dose of vitamin D, which increases calcium levels and is beneficial for your immune system.
Set Up a Playground
If you have children in the family and you are wary about letting them visit the local playground, you can set up one in the backyard. It can be a small sandbox where your kids can play without risking their health and safety. You can also look for playground equipment available in the market. There are several options, including slides, swings, and climbing walls. Having a playground in the backyard allows your children to have fun while waiting for the vaccine designed for them.
Set Up a Pool
With summer around the corner, having a pool in the backyard is a luxury you may want to have. A private pool gives you the chance to take a dip without having to mingle with people who are not a part of your household. You do not even have to build an in-ground swimming pool since you can set up an above-ground pool. Once the pandemic is over, you can also host pool parties for your family and friends as well as enjoying a barbecue in your backyard.
Enhancing the backyard is a good home improvement project if you want to take advantage of the extra space in your property.