There is something that happens when the weather starts warming up, something that draws us to spend time outside. While you are outside, do some improvement projects that will make a big difference in the curb appeal of your home. The backyard is a perfect place to explore your creative side. Whether its summer or winter there is always projects that are easy to do and that will make a difference around your place.
There is no shortage of projects that can be done outside. If you have a few tools and a little skill, you can make just about anything. Even if you think you don’t have any skills there is always something you can try. After a few small projects you’ll have the confidence to try something larger.
Here are a few ideas for great backyard building projects:
Flower box, Bird house, Dog house
Picnic table, Bench, Adirondack chair
Hanging flower baskets
Pond, Deck, Patio, Fence
Flag pole, Arbor
Install a porch swing
If you have kids there are countless things you can build for them to play on. You can build a sand box, a see-saw, a swing set or a large play set. Larger projects could include a play house, a fort or a tree house.
Really this is no limit to the things you can build to enhance your property.
Perhaps the most important step in a backyard building project is planning. Good planning can save you time and money! Before you cut anything, glue anything or nail anything together come up with a plan of what you want the end result to look like. Think about things like, what is the purpose of this project, is it going to be functional. What color is it going to be? What types of material is it going to be made of? How big is it going to be? You know the old saying “measure twice cut once” I like to say measure twice then measure again. If you can sketch it out on a piece of paper, this will help you visualize the end result.
When you are ready to begin constructing your project, shop around for the best prices on material. Building materials can range in price from one store to another so be sure to check out a few places before you buy. You’ll be surprised at the differences you’ll find; Lowe’s and Home Depot often have different prices for the same material. Also remember to check out your local hardware store, sometimes they will have special items that you will not find at the big chain stores.
Once construction begins, take your time and do the job right the first time. Most likely your project is going to be around for a long time and you want to be proud of the job. No one will ever ask how fast you completed it, unless it looks awful! A beautiful, well built project will show the effort you put into it.
Outside building projects can range from small quick projects to large weekend events. No matter what project you decide to tackle, once you’ve completed it, you’ll be proud to show it off to all your friends and family.