It’s a brand new year. Time to start on that backyard renovation that you have wanted for a long time. But where do you begin? Let’s look at some of the most popular backyard renovations in our area.
First, let’s start with the biggie – a pool. I know most of you think that a pool is out of your budget and honestly, some are. However, there are a wide variety of pool types that are made to accomodate most budgets. There are vinyl-liner pools (typically the cheapest), fiberglass pools, swim spas and concrete pools. Each type carries both pros and cons (which we will get to in another blog). There are also hottubs – both above ground and in-ground.
If a pool is not your speed, but you do want a water feature, how about a pond or freestanding fountain? Both of these can provide a lot of bang for not a lot of buck, but still give you that wonderful water ambiance in your backyard space.
What about a new patio? Pavers and travertine tiles have become so diverse that you can find almost any style and color to fit your needs. They also make you feel as though you have an extension of your indoor living space especially if you add seat walls, grill island, fire pit or a fireplace.
Speaking of fire pit or fireplace, what would be nicer than being able to roast some marshmallows or have a glass of wine by a roaring fire? Adding a fire feature is a great way to help bring the indoors out.
Let’s not forget about the grill island. Almost all grill islands are custom made and masoned to fit your needs. Need a refrigerator or sink in your grill island? What about a drop in grill? How about some lights? All of these features can be added to your grill island.
Now that we have talked about some ideas that you can add to your backyard, what do you need to do first? Ask yourself what it is that you want and what you need for your backyard space. Do you need a dog friendly area? What about a playground area for the kids? Do you want a more adult friendly backyard or more more kid friendly? Knowing the answers to some of the questions will make it easier to design and install a wonderful backyard space for you to enjoy.
Next, plan a good and reasonable budget. Transforming your backyard space is essentially building a large room of your house so the budget should reflect that. For example, a 800 square foot paver patio can run anywhere from $12,000 – $16,000. Having a solid yet realistic budget will go a long way in helping create the space of your dreams.
Finally, call us!!! Grantlin Landscape Services, Inc. specializes in transforming yards and making dreams come true. We would love to come and talk to you about your project so don’t hesitate to contact us today!