If you and your family love spending time outside but aren’t satisfied with your current outdoor spaces, then perhaps it’s time to renew those areas so that you can have more fun in the fresh air and sunshine. You’ll have to plan carefully, choose the right projects, and make sure that you stay within your budget, but you can freshen up your outdoor spaces.
Make Your Plans
Your first step is to make a plan. Start with finances. Before you can renew your outdoor spaces, you need to know exactly how much you can spend. Sit down with your current budget, and determine how you stand with your income, expenses, debt, and savings. This will give you a good idea of what you can afford. Don’t skip this step. You don’t want any nasty surprises down the road.
Your planning should also include a thought about the help you’ll need to complete your projects. If you have plenty of do-it-yourself skills and a relatively small project, you may be able to work by yourself or with the help of a few friends. If your project is larger and if home improvement is not your specialty, then consider hiring a company like Allied Outdoor Solutions to help you complete your plans and to do the work. Just add a room to your budget for the extra expense.
Choose the Right Projects
Of course, a major part of your planning will be choosing the right projects to renew your outdoor spaces. Your budget will guide you. If you can’t afford too much, then start small. You might, for instance, purchase some new furniture for your patio or porch and a new grill for cookouts. Alternatively, you could create a larger garden or set up a piece of playground equipment for the kids or make a game area in your yard for croquet or badminton.
If your budget is larger, you can do more. This might be a larger remodel for your patio with a new seating area and an outdoor kitchen. You could landscape your yard, adding trees and other plants, a seating area with a pergola, and a water feature. If you can truly afford it, you may even decide to put it in a pool. There are plenty of options here, so you can choose from in-ground or above-ground pools and select the right size and style of pool decks for a good fit for your space and budget.
Stick to Your Budget
Finally, make sure that you stick to your budget throughout the entire project. You may plan a little wiggle room for cost overruns, which often happen. But you might also have to make a few cuts as you go if your budget is quickly being used up. Switch to less expensive materials, or postpone part of your plan to a later date. Be flexible so that you don’t overspend and find yourself unable to enjoy your new space due to financial difficulties.
Your renewed outdoor spaces can be fantastic places for your whole family to enjoy if you plan carefully, choose the right projects and stick to your budget.