Building the Backyard of Your Dreams

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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When it comes to your home, on some sort of level the place you live and sleep should be special -- you know, like it belongs to you and (if applicable) your family and friends.

Every aspect of your home, ideally, will be special, which is what makes a normal house turn into a home.

Generally, when a house gets designed, the kitchen takes precedence. So do the bedrooms and bathrooms, but the backyard might get a little less consideration, which is a missed opportunity to create an amazing part of your home. The best and worst part about having an amazing backyard will be maintaining it, but that will be one of those good problems that comes up after you build the backyard you’ve always envisioned.

Create an Aesthetic

Think about whether or not you want brick work done in your backyard, a patio, a gazebo, a pond, or even a waterfall or meditation space. Divide your backyard into sections, perhaps one place where you can have gatherings with family and friends for barbecues and such, maybe another place with a spot to sit and read -- which you might consider your own special spot.

Other additions might include decorating your deck -- think about the lighting that you’ll want to have when the sun goes down. There are incredible-looking options that are stylish and easy on the wallet.

Do I DIY or Hire a Professional

There’s a lot you can do on your own when it comes to your backyard, which might include planting trees, getting rid of clutter and weeds, and prepping the area for those special projects that probably deserve the attention of a hired professional. Make sure that you find a contractor that can get the job done under budget and in a timely fashion.

Make sure to do your research. Avoid making a landscaping fail by hiring the wrong service, which will end up causing you headaches and you will ultimately feel like you didn’t get your money’s worth. Or worse, they could make a costly mistake that ends up costing time and money.

Figure Out Your Budget

Building the backyard of your dreams can cost anywhere from around the $5,000-$50,000 mark, so you will have to have a plan and stick to it when the time comes to design and construct your backyard sanctuary. You will want to make sure that you figure out the costs for professional help, tools that you’ll keep on hand in order to complete your smaller DIY projects, not to mention factor in the valuable time that you’ll be spending focused on completing your project.

If you’re having trouble coming up with the number you’re looking for, there are a few options. You can either take out a small loan if you have good credit, put some of the charges on your credit card (as long as you plan on paying those charges off swiftly in order to avoid interest), or you can even explore pawn shops or you can type in “title loan places near me” in your search bar if you have an extra vehicle that you can put up as collateral.

No matter what you end up choosing to do, having a plan will help you save money, not to mention create a seamless process for everyone involved.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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