Before-and-After Makeovers: Outdoor Spaces
Turn your deck or patio into the outdoor oasis you've always wanted with these money-saving makeover ideas from DIY Network's hit show Money Hunters.
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After: Neighborhood Envy
Summertime will never be the same with this new oversized deck and decorative pergola. Using inexpensive pressure-treated pine rather than composite for the deck allowed extra money for an outdoor fan, heater and couch. New landscaping immediately spices up the once dull backyard. Plus, new solar landscape lighting will showcase the homeowners' new plants when the sun goes down.
Before: Too-Small Deck
This super-small deck looks disproportioned to the spacious surrounding yard. The outdoor space needs a major renovation, complete with a new deck surface, attractive landscaping and plenty of space for entertaining guests.
Before: Worn-Down Deck
This rustic and weathered deck is a less-than-appealing addition to the homeowners' large pool and dining area. Not only does the deck need some serious attention, but the main level walkways, landscaping and dining area could also use transformations.
After: Dreamy Retreat
To stay within budget, the homeowners opted for a pergola on the top level rather than the pricey screened-in porch they had originally hoped for. To replace the worn and weathered deck, pressure-treated wood was used as a money-friendly alternative to composite. To provide comfortable shade during the summer, maintenance-free shading fabric surrounds the lower-level lounge, as well as the top part of the pergola. Aluminum deck railings were a splurge but are a unique and high-end addition to the brand-new deck.
Before: Naturally Uninspiring
A lush and spacious yard provides the perfect canvas for creating a formal outdoor patio and entertainment spot. This yard needs lighting, landscaping and all the amenities of a true outdoor retreat.
After: Entertainment Oasis
A major outdoor overhaul turned this formerly empty backyard into a private resort. Concrete pavers were installed as a budget-friendly alternative to stone. New landscaping adds a lively, colorful touch, along with crisp, white French doors and an outdoor mini bar. To stay within budget, they kept the same patio furniture and grill, and installed a value-brand fence for ultimate privacy. See more of this yard in the next slide.
Before: Empty Green
On the opposite end of the patio, a work-in-progress patch of land was an unfortunate eyesore. And wire fencing separated the two properties but offered no privacy for the homeowners.
After: Brand-New Shed
This custom-made shed now offers plenty of space to house landscape and garden supplies. A white value-brand fence helped the homeowners stay within budget and provides privacy from the neighbors. Fresh landscaping now showcases a large tree that was once an insignificant part of the yard.
Before: Empty Front Yard
This empty front yard definitely doesn't offer the warm welcoming that it should. A basic side patio has the potential for transforming into an outdoor fire pit or seating area.
After: Eye-Catching Entry
This incredible renovation went slightly over budget but created the most eye-catching outdoor transformation. Once a dreary front yard, the brand-new deck, landscaping and walkway immediately exude energy and an at-home feel. Rather than splurging on expensive decking and a metal roof, the homeowners opted for a massaranduba deck and asphalt roofing with a slate tone to compromise. Cedar rails were a hefty splurge but make the porch feel more enclosed and cozy.
Before: Bleak Dining
Adjacent to the front door, this front yard patio is the furthest thing from inviting. Bland, mismatched furniture seems awkward sitting in the front yard. This patio needs some va-va-voom to get it up to par with the new front porch and entry.
After: Relax in Style
The heavy stones on the patio were replaced with gravel, an option that is inexpensive and easy to maintain. A low retaining wall offers a visual separation between the patio and front yard, and also offers additional seating for outdoor gatherings. Old landscaping was removed to provide a clear entry into the home.
Before: Basic and Bland
An outdoor space shouldn't be neglected just because it's outside. This patio desperately needs a splash of color and some updated furniture to turn it into an inviting space the whole family can enjoy.
After: Lively Sunroom
An unexciting patio was turned into a bright sunroom by enclosing the back wall and adding a full panel of windows for outside views and natural light. The walls and floors were painted a summer-inspired peach hue and decorated with minimal decor and accessories.