by Chris Palmer | Let’s face it, when the warmer weather hits, our backyard becomes a ‘one-size-fits-all’ for the entire family. No longer a chunk of grass, it’s an extension of your home that wears many hats; an outdoor dining room to host friends, a playroom for your kids or simply a backyard workshop.
1. STICK TO ONE SURFACE MATERIAL
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying your backyard should look boring! Far from it. However, if your yard has multifunctional spaces, using one material will help create a cohesive aesthetic while also creating the illusion of a bigger space.
If you’re sticking with one building material, I’m a big fan of MicroPro Sienna (pictured) as the wood of choice for outdoor projects. It’s a pressure treated wood that is environmentally-friendly and comes ready-to-build in a beautiful brown tone, without initial staining. It’s great for big projects like decks or docks, it’s also a great option for fun side projects like raised planters or even children’s play sets.
2. CHOOSE OUTDOOR FURNITURE WITH VERSATILITY
Multi-purpose outdoor furniture is not only fun to experiment with; it maximizes your space. Luckily, my DIY go-to is the perfect addition to your yard — a multi-function raised planter box that can be used in 3 ways; a planter, bench and storage box!
The beauty of this DIY piece is that it allows you to easily switch up its utility based on your activity. With yards getting smaller, planters are increasingly becoming the go-to alternative for gardening enthusiasts short on space. If you’re not sporting much of a green thumb, the planter easily transforms into a bench and box, giving you both additional seating and hidden storage that will help de-clutter your yard!
3. INVEST IN SIMPLE PIECES
You wouldn’t skimp on a bed or dining room table inside your house, so don’t pinch the pennies for those important purchases for you yard either! Just like a good quality couch, certain staple pieces can anchor your outdoor space while creating a multitude of possibilities at the same time.
Simplicity is key — invest in a harvest table, for example, and you’ll automatically inject some versatility. Its look can be elevated to a host formal dinner party or used as a buffet table
for your child’s birthday party.
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