Backyard Renovation Tips and Tricks

29 November 2023

Your backyard can optimize the usable square footage of your property, offering an inviting space that is functional and comfortable. Backyard renovations are not just for landscaping, but also create a private retreat where you can dine “al fresco,” entertain, prepare meals, and simply have fun.

To make the most of your outdoor space, try our six pro tips for stunning backyard renovations that maximize space and resell value.

1. Revamp your backyard landscaping

Landscaping for a backyard renovation is a must. A messy, disorganized garden creates a sense of chaos that makes relaxing impossible. Your landscaping scheme also determines how much time you’ll spend relaxing and how much time you’ll be mowing, weeding, and pruning.

By either rearranging your existing plants and shrubs or installing the right flowerbeds, plants, and trees, you will: a) Create a beautiful backyard to suit your taste and b) Reduce maintenance so you can have more time to relax.   Finding the right landscaping company to assist you with your backyard landscaping cannot be overlook.  There are an abundance of great landscape contractors on Homestars

Incorporating hardscaping details such as interlocking stone pathways, retaining walls, and garden beds create unity, balance, and improved function.  Our team of landscape designers can work with the landscaping company of your choice to ensure a cohesive approach to blending hardscape and softcape elements in your backyard. 

2. Review your current backyard’s needs

Before starting a major backyard renovation, you need to determine your needs. Of course, you would want to incorporate your ideal backyard features, but you can’t overlook facts like how you’ll use your outdoor space, plants for your garden, and maintenance. Some common backyard renovation elements include:

  • A backyard interlocking patio.

  • Interlocking stone pathways for directing people to various backyard areas.

  • Separate patio areas for cooking, dining, and relaxing.

  • Special areas for activities you enjoy, such as a “putting green” to practice your golf swing, a spot for lawn games like croquet, or even a dog run.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you want to install a backyard interlocking patio?

  • Do you like the idea of incorporating interlocking stones into your backyard’s landscape design?

  • Do you prefer an isolated patio space or want something more functional, like an open concept?

  • How will everyone remain cool or warm depending on the time of year and the sun exposure in different areas of your backyard?

  • Do you have to accommodate your kids or a pet?

  • How often do you entertain guests?

A one-on-one consultation with our interlocking stone experts will ensure you have a viable plan with cost-effective renovation solutions that bring your vision to life.

3. Choose a functional design for your backyard

Finding a functional design should be your main goal. Interlocking backyard renovations should provide long-term enjoyment and easy maintenance. In addition, the function should align with your lifestyle, whether you want to host parties, enjoy quiet time, or enjoy a busy family life.

A functional design makes the most of your outdoor space, whether it’s a simple patio layout with a barbecue or a fully functional kitchen with customized interlocking stone kitchen counters, a built-in grill, and a designated patio area for dining.

Functional design is all about how you intend to use your backyard. Here are some examples:

  • Consider using urns for a lower-maintenance backyard instead of complicated flower beds.

  • You can extend your modern interlock stone patio if you don’t want to fuss about mowing your lawn.

  • You may love cooking with fresh ingredients and want to include some functional interlocking stone raised garden beds to grow fresh herbs.

  • If your backyard is too sunny, include a gazebo or pergola draped in grape vines over your interlocking patio.

  • An interlocking brick fire pit allows you to use your interlocking patio well into the fall and winter months.

Every design detail should include functional considerations to optimize your backyard oasis space, minimize maintenance, and improve your lifestyle.

4. Install a low-maintenance interlocking patio in your backyard

An interlocking patio is a beautiful place to gather with family and friends, creating an additional room for everyone to spread out when the weather is nice. A wide range of interlocking stones allows you to create a beautifully customized outdoor space with stone sizes, shapes, textures, and colours. As a result, you can create a lovely, luxurious backyard that also increases the value of your home.

Interlocking stone patios create a one-of-a-kind foundation for your patio furniture, whether adding an outdoor kitchen, living space, dining area, or all three.

You never need to worry about cracked or damaged concrete or the annual maintenance required to upkeep other materials. Proper installation helps avoid shifting, sinking, and weeds, while professional pressure washing and polymeric resanding every two to four years ensures that your patio lasts for many years.

5. Make use of landscape lighting

Modern landscape design uses light for both function and aesthetics as the ultimate finishing touch for your backyard renovation. Installing low-voltage landscape lighting brightens your backyard as the sun sets on those perfect summer days. In addition, landscaping lights provide soft, ambient lighting that keeps walking around your backyard safe when installed along the edges of gardens, pathways, and steps.

Landscape lighting adds drama when accenting different backyard elements, like trees, plants, wooden structures, textured walls, water features, etc. Additionally, proper lighting improves security throughout the night, whether you are home or away. Perhaps best of all, low-voltage lights use about one-third of the electricity of higher-powered lights.

6. Get creative with interlocking stones

Interlocking stones are not just for patios anymore. Today, they offer an endless list of possibilities to transform your backyard into your urban oasis, including:

  • Decorative ledges along garden paths and beds

  • Steps to add levels to your backyard to separate areas such as lounging, dining, and cooking

  • Swimming pool decks

  • Water features

  • Retaining walls

  • Walkways or paths

  • Customized seating

  • Firepits

  • Built-in outdoor kitchen counters/bars

Customization is at the heart of interlocking stone’s appeal, providing a completely bespoke look for your outdoor space. If you aren’t sure where to begin, our interlocking stone experts can discuss your needs and help you develop a backyard design that elevates your outdoor space.

Start Your Backyard Renovation With Enviro-Loc

As a certified interlocking company, Enviro-Loc can help you design and install interlocking stone backyards that compliment your home’s exterior and soft and hardscaping details.  For more information about interlocking backyards or to schedule a free consultation with our landscape design consultants, call Enviro-Loc at 1-888-615-5562 or contact us here.

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