19 Tips for Backyard Makeovers

19 Tips for Backyard Makeovers

We might not be inclined at the moment to do a full-on remodel — contractors, dirt movers, nuh-uh — of our little patio/garden space. But out of Oregon Home's 19 tips there are plenty we can apply to our ongoing effort to make our outdoor space a place we actually want to inhabit.

A few of our favorites:

3. Think outside the box to work what you covet into your backyard redo. If there's something you particularly want in your backyard;a piece of garden art, a rose garden, a water feature; but it's not appropriate to the style of your house, consider a creative way to work it into a backyard redesign.

4. Don't smoke out the birds; Plan Barbecue areas and outdoor kitchens away from where birds nest.

7. Even if your backyard is still in the planning stage, change what you absolutely know you want to change. "If there is something in your garden - whether it's a piece of furniture, a planter bed or a deck - that you absolutely know you want to get rid off, go ahead and get rid of it right away."

9. Don't forget about how the backyard will look as you view it from inside the house.

17. Think beyond your property line. While your neighbors might mind if you borrow their tools, they probably won't mind if you borrow their view. A yard provides the opportunity to frame a variety of sights beyond what you see out your back door. Vistas of trees, mountains and sky can be seen beyond the yard, and a garden can be designed to enhance an extended sightline. "In a small yard, there's often a borrowed view - trees and sky - that goes way beyond your backyard that can be a real asset by designing the garden to enhance these positive borrowed views and screening the negative borrowed views."

Read all of the tips here.

Image: House Call: Jill Pilotte of Small Stump

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