Warm weather is fast approaching. Everyone is heading outside more often, meaning they will be walking by your home or even coming over to spend some time in your backyard to enjoy the sunshine. You want your home to stand out from the rest and even show a little of your personality to every passing glance.
Once the snow is cleared, you feel ready and excited to get started on creating the best outdoor spaces this year. Outdoor projects can still be intimidating, though, and easy to put off for another year. Don’t be afraid to create the look you want outside your home this year and increase the impact that your home has.
Here are some simple ideas for creating outdoor statement pieces that you can achieve this year. Look to these tips for advice and methods to help make a statement piece reflect your personality.
A grand deck for entertaining
Whether in the front or back of the home, a really great deck will be a piece that will not only give your home character, but will also work as an extremely functional addition to your home. Install your deck in the front of your home for a grand statement you can use to relax and unwind on a Sunday evening, or build your deck in the rear of your home for more privacy and entertaining purposes.
Installing a new deck can be time consuming, but it does not need to be an expensive or space-sucking project. There are a vast amount of materials for outdoor decks other than wood that are not only less expensive, but more durable and easier to maintain. You can also raise your deck to the second level, connecting it with an outdoor spiral staircase to save yard space and create more usable space outside your home.
A water feature
Although they look expensive and difficult to install, water features can be some of the easiest and least expensive outdoor home improvements to make. There are many ways to make a water feature unique easily and inexpensively.
Picking out a pre-assembled water feature from a store may seem like the simplest option, but an idea growing in popularity is to create your own water feature. Collect your favorite stones or any other object that will hold up under running water and assemble them together, securing them if needed. Add a liner pad, pump and some water and you have a simple and personal water feature made by hand.
A flourishing flower garden
The wide variety and versatility of flowers and plants makes them the perfect way to add personality and visual interest to your home. Research flower types that work well in your climate and choose low-maintenance varieties to create less work for you.
Planting your flowers inside a basket or wheelbarrow can also make transitions and re-planting easier. Letting your plants be the path to your home creates an inviting and fragrant welcome to you and your guests upon arrival.
Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and DIY enthusiast. You can usually find her in the middle of a project or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey.