Chris Lambton's 10 Ways to Make Your Backyard More Fun
Photo By: Kristi Will
Photo By: Jamie Rector
Photo By: Jamie Rector ©2011, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Photo By: Frank Murray
Photo By: Tomas Ovalle / Associated Press ©2013, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
This is a simple DIY project that is great for homeowners to do on a weekend and it won't break the bank. The dimensions of an actual bocce court vary so you can make it fit any backyard. Finish this project by lunch and be playing the "Italian game of leisure" in your backyard that afternoon.
Organize an Outdoor Movie Night
There are a couple of ways you can go about this. You can paint a screen on the side of a garage or the house, or buy a screen made for the outdoors. Get the involved kids setting up chairs and cleaning the yard. Then once you're done, all you have to do is wait until dusk, get the projector, the popcorn and invite the neighbors.
Day Bed Daze
This is a project best saved for the serious DIYer or a professional. Nothing ruins a romantic mood like a poorly installed day bed that comes crashing down mid swing. If installed correctly it can turn a porch or pergola into a romantic get away or fun nap area for the kids.
Bringing the beach to your backyard is easy project to pull off in a weekend. Get the beach sand delivered and start creating your very own oasis by adding sea grasses and stacking stones in the middle of the area for your fire pit. Get the s'mores and beach chairs then sit back and enjoy.
Mini Golf Madness
If you want to be drought tolerant, install an AstroTurf putting green. It'll save water and time mowing.
Create a hideaway for the kids to play and host sleepovers. This is a project best left to the experts or a serious DIYer. If you don't have the skills, you don't want to be messing around on ladders and in trees without a pro helping you.
You may not have the budget to go this extreme, but you can buy ready-to-assemble water features that simply plug in. A rain water feature in the backyard is a fun destination for the kids and dogs to cool off. It also can help drown out noises from the neighbors or busy streets. If you're going to go this elaborate, it can get expensive with plumbing and hiring a professional to install it, but it will be worth it.
Raise the Bar
Let your imagination run away with this backyard feature. Who hasn't dreamt of bartending at their very own bar. I know I have since I first watched the movie Cocktail. Whether its a reclaimed wood bar top, poured concrete or a natural stone, it's your bar so make it what you want. When you're done building your backyard bar, don't forget to DIY your signature cocktail.
Put in the Perfect Pool
If you have the space and the finances, a pool is a must have to make your backyard more fun all summer long. Plus, it can increase the value of your home. Find more fun ideas.
You don’t need to incorporate a lot DIY skills to enjoy a little friendly competition in your backyard. Store-bought or homemade games like corn hole, horseshoes or ladder golf can add to fun any gathering. Get step-by-step instructions for building backyard games.