How to Make Your New Home’s Backyard More Family-Friendly
Purchasing a new home is always an exciting moment in life. That sense of a new beginning, a fresh new space to call your own, and truly getting to know your new surroundings. But no matter how perfect your new home may be, there are bound to be some changes, tweaks, and even renovations that you want to do in order to make the housework better for you, your family, and your needs. So, let’s take a closer look at how you can make your new home’s backyard space more family-friendly and fit all your needs.
Put Up a Privacy Fence
The first thing you’ll want to think about when it comes to a family-friendly backyard for your new home is making sure the space is safe and secure for the kids, and possibly pets. The best way to do that is to install a fence. The fence will keep the kids safely contained in the yard, as well as keep strangers out. At the same time, it acts as a privacy screen, which is really nice when you’re surrounded by neighbors.
A few things to consider when installing a fence is the material you want to use (wood, wrought iron, and vinyl are a few options), if you want a gate, and how big that gate will be, how tall the fence can be and still comply with code, how a fence can add curb appeal, and even the design.
Give the Kids Outdoor Activities
Of course, in order to keep the kids busy and occupied outdoors, you’ll want to think about what activities you can include in the design. That could be such things as a swing set, sandbox, a small basketball court, badminton, a putting green, lawn bowling, and so forth. The more inviting you make the yard for the kids, the more time they will want to spend out there in the fresh air being active.
Create a Lounge Area with Shade
Because summer can get pretty hot across the country, you also want to think of everyone’s comfort level in the backyard. Providing a lounge or sitting area that offers shade gives everyone a place to escape to in order to get a break from the sun. If you plan on creating an outdoor dining area, you’ll want to offer shade in this area for sure.
Some of the easiest ways to achieve shade are installing an awning, building a pergola or gazebo, using an umbrella anchored in the center of a table, or the big oversized umbrellas that are portable and can be moved anywhere in the yard.
Include a Water Feature
The final tip is to include a water feature of some sort in your backyard design. Here’s an opportunity to get as creative and elaborate as your imagination and budget allow, as there are a lot more ideas than just a pool.
The Backyard the Whole Family Enjoys
By keeping all these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create the ultimate backyard space that the entire family enjoys.