10 Outdoor Rooms on a Budget

If you're dreaming of an outdoor retreat but money is tight, get some great design ideas from these porches, patios, decks and gardens.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

©Courtesy of Rate My Space contributor Faeryhollow

Warm Up the Front Porch

Inexpensive updates, like red door paint, bright plants in painted pots and a rocker with a comfy pillow make this porch welcoming and cozy.

Add Flowers

Sometimes all you need to brighten a space is a pretty pot of flowers — even dried ones will work, as the patio from Blog Cabin 2012 shows.

Luxuriate Under a Canopy

Rate My Space contributor Tiki262 wanted an outdoor canopy bed but didn't have the space. He decided to convert an existing double lounger into a bed. The result: a custom, focal-point piece for about $50.

Build a Flower Bed

Use an old iron bed to create a hyper-literal garden bed. This creative bed offers the fairies a spot to rest.

Create a Water Feature

If you want a sense of peace and tranquility in your outdoor space, add a water feature. Rate My Space contributor AussieAngel created this lovely fountain using a solar water pump.

Make Furniture Multi-Task

Rate My Space contributor jodwayne made a dual-purpose table with adjustable height so it can serve as a coffee table or a dining table.

Hang a Daybed

A hanging daybed is the perfect spot for a nap. Get instructions for your own daybed from HGTV.com.

Paint a Rug

Designer Bryan Patrick Flynn gave this old deck new life with a painted rug.

Build a Firepit

Stack rectangular pavers in a staggered pattern, then line the pavers with fire bricks, for a beautiful custom firepit.

Plant a Birdhouse

A birdhouse is a beautiful focal point and can be used to frame a view. (Image courtesy of blondegardener)