Updating Your Outdoor Space: How To Spruce Things Up On A Budget

Updating your outdoor living space may seem like a huge, costly job, but it can actually be a budget-friendly project if you know where to begin. From adding a screened-in porch to finding a great set of patio furniture, there are many different ways you can spruce up your backyard area that won’t drain your wallet. By budgeting well and looking for coupons, discounts and promotions, you can find the best updates for your needs without the stress.

One of the best ways to begin is by making a list of possible ideas. Not sure where to start?

A great way to beautify your outdoor space is through landscaping, adding a deck or stamped concrete, or building a pergola to create some shade. Depending on the complexity, this job could be DIY, though you might prefer hiring a professional. If you do go this route, be sure to read reviews and compare pricing, and get an idea of how much materials will cost so you can be on the lookout for a great deal. There are ways to bring in the pros without spending a fortune.

Updating your home’s outdoor space doesn’t have to be a stressful, pricey undertaking. Here are a few things to think about.

Shop around

Depending on what type of outdoor space you have, you may want some new pieces to brighten things up. A patio table, a new umbrella, or some comfy, stylish furniture can go a long way when it comes to updating a space, and these don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. When it’s time to look for furniture and other outdoor accessories, Amazon is a great place to shop. Look for an Amazon coupon code that will help you save extra on all the things you need.

Add some shade

When it comes to making sure your backyard area has some shade on those hot summer days, consider adding a beautiful pergola or gazebo. These structures can really transform the space while giving you a place to sit comfortably and even entertain. You can also consider a metal pergola you can put together yourself; these are typically more expensive options than wood, but maybe a better choice for areas that get high winds or lots of stormy weather.

Screen it in

If you already have a back porch, consider adding a screened-in area that provides privacy without the worry of bugs and other pests. While the cost will depend on how big the space is, you can typically add a screen to an existing porch for about a thousand dollars. Keep in mind that the bigger the project, the more it will cost. For example, a wraparound porch with windows will be a much more expensive endeavor — about $30,000. Keeping it simple will help you stay on-budget. Shop around a bit to find a contractor in your area who is knowledgeable about installing porches and screens and get a price quote.

Fool the eye

A simple way to add some flair to your outdoor living space without spending a ton of money is through inexpensive materials that resemble pricier ones. For instance, instead of laying down tile or paving stones, consider stamped concrete, which can include many different designs according to your taste and style.

Updating your outdoor space doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive; by looking for ways to spruce it up that will fit your budget, you can turn your backyard into a beautiful, relaxing space and possibly even boost the value of your home in the process.

Article by Bret Engle (guest writer)

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