Spring is the season of new beginnings. Homeowners are ready to shake off their winter doldrums and bask in the fresh sunlight. This makes it the ideal season for transforming the backyard. Fortunately, you don’t have to watch the spring pass you by while caught up in time-consuming renovations. Many impactful backyard upgrades can be completed in as little as a few hours. Keep reading as we breakdown some quick springtime upgrades for a backyard renewal. 

Deck Upgrades

Many home decks sit severely underutilized. Whether they are unsightly or uncomfortable, numerous decks just decay in the sun. They serve as little more than an area for outdoor equipment to accumulate. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. There are many quick ways to improve your deck. Replace splintered boards with more durable composite products. Install low-profile cable railing to enhance scenic views. Invest in awnings, umbrellas, and pergolas to provide all-important shade. Explore how to waterproof under deck surfaces to prevent rot, mildew, and other unpleasant odors from permeating. 

Each of these simple upgrades will vastly improve functionality. Everyone in the home will be much more motivated to spend time on the deck this springtime. 

Set Up A Trellis

Erecting a trellis is one of the quickest backyard projects out there. Wood beam or metal pole trellises are a simple DIY project that will take just a few hours, tops. A trellis adds some visual intrigue to your backyard. It is a great way to break up space in expansive lawns. It also helps add some color by showcasing climbing plants and vines. 

Window Trim

Aesthetics are an essential component of a complete backyard. They are truly essential for establishing pride in the home. A dilapidated yard is a quick indication that a homeowner just doesn’t care.

There are countless ways to quickly improve backyard aesthetics. Basic landscaping is a great place to start. Remove any fallen timber or dead vegetation that has accumulated during winter. Painting or staining any exterior wood features is another great idea. It can make them look like-new again after taking a beating during harsh winter conditions. Also consider adding trim to your home’s windows. The right trim options can provide stunning contrast that makes the backyard facade pop. For example, light neutral window trim against dark vinyl siding colors can create a homey aspect that “wakes up” the windows. 

Add A Pergola

As mentioned, a pergola is a great feature for providing shade to a deck. It also has many other perks. It can help define space, similar to a trellis. Many pergolas also add architectural intrigue to homes. They can provide ramada-style housing for other backyard features such as outdoor kitchens and patios. Many modern pergola kits are DIY-friendly and can be completed in half a day. 

Water Features

Water has a way of adding soothing serenity to any backyard. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to incorporate water features without guzzling resources. Small fountains can recycle water and serve as a gathering spot for colorful birds to congregate. Tuck it into a garden or set it at the end of a patio or other exterior hangout. Water harvesting features, such as rain chains for gutters, can capture rainfall and direct its flow into visually intriguing ways. A stock tank pool is another interesting idea. When properly framed with plants and surrounded by stone pavers to protect the lawn, it is an affordable way to add water without appearing too “rural.”

Exterior Lighting

Effective lighting can quickly set the mood in a backyard. Stringing lights up trellises and across pergolas can create a stunning frame once the sun goes down. Consider torches and lanterns on decks and patios for a touch of calming relaxation after hours. Light walkways with small solar-powered ground posts that store sun energy throughout the day and use that to illuminate paths at night. 

Fire Pit

Every backyard needs a focal point. This can serve as a gathering spot for backyard get-togethers. A fire pit is a quick and effective way to accomplish this. There is something about fire that brings people together. It is an ideal backdrop for a cup of coffee in the morning or storytelling in the evening. There are many stunning open flame, electric, and gas fire pits from which to choose. Whatever your choice, be sure to surround the fire pit with adequate pavers. This will prevent damage to the lawn. Many people compare porcelain vs concrete pavers, but composites provide the same stunning aesthetics while promoting elite drainage and durability. 

Get Ready for Spring With Quick Backyard Renovations

The warmer spring weather is the perfect time to turn attention outdoors and get started on backyard improvements. By considering any of the quick, impactful renovations listed above and other trending ideas at KC’s Improvement, homeowners can be well-positioned to make the most of springtime!

Author Bio:

Sam Willis is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise in residential and commercial real estate, as well as engineering and construction. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys spending time with his wife and researching real estate trends in his free time. Sam’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisor, a construction industry resource site.