HACKS: 5 Backyard Makeover Ideas on a Budget

Published | Written by Erin Epperson

June 17, 2021

Summer is in full swing and you likely have friends from all over booking their weekends to come enjoy your lake home with you. You need a designated space outdoors as inviting as you are and The Salisbury Team is here to help. Keep reading below for 5 ideas to give your backyard a facelift without blowing through your vacation fund. 


Throw pillows aren't just for your beds. Adding various pillow styles and throw blankets on your outdoor furniture can really soften woods and metals for a cozy, "stay awhile" vibe. Be sure to choose durable fabrics that will carry you from the start of summer to the end of it. Of course, staying on top of your local weather and moving any accent pieces inside before inclement weather will also lengthen their life span. Try to lean into bright colors and patterns that pop. Coordinating your accent pieces with planters and other brighter outdoor pieces will keep your space cohesive.


When revamping your space, there's always that 'one thing' you just have to spend a little extra on. For your backyard spaces, we recommend completing your space with a fire pit. Fire pits are a natural focal point, guiding guests to sit back and relax while creating a sense of intimacy. While your fire pit may be more of an investment when renovating your backyard, it does allow you to utilize and enjoy all of your hard work beyond the summer season. A variety of options and styles enable you to determine the mood you're shooting for ahead of the full blown makeover. Your options are endless from elaborate and casual looks to traditional and modern. There are ways to DIY a pit if your budget is looking a little tighter than anticipated. Checkout this wonderful blog post of 70 different do-it-yourself pit inspos to get started.


Of course your landscaping is one of the most important 'must haves' in a backyard gathering space. Filling flower beds with plants that come back year after year is the best way to get the most bang for your buck and save money in the long run. This article from Good Housekeeping breaks down 20 of the best perennial flowers and plants that will grow back each year -- most of which are also very low maintenance for those of us without green thumbs!


Lighting is a necessity of any lived-in space, but can also be used as a practical celebratory decorating piece. String lights come in many different varieties and offer a warm glow that accents the mood of the fire pit below while allowing your guests to enjoy the cool summer night breeze after a long day on the water. If you have several trees on opposite ends of your backyard, string lights from one to another to light up the sky on starless nights. For a more creative idea, wrap your string lights up the trunk of a tree and drape them across a branch and over your table to act as a centerpiece of sorts. 


A 'living fence' is a great way to give your backyard space a high-end look without the cost associated with it. Using a technique called 'espalier,' you can plant a tree and quite literally train it to grow in a certain pattern. Not only is this another way to add an eye-catching focal point to your space, it also gives boring walls some texture. As an added bonus, this new accent wall is an automatic photo backdrop for any small gatherings from bridal showers to birthday parties. With a living fence like this, your space is sure to be the hottest new Instagram photo op. 

What's your favorite budget friendly outdoor idea? We want to hear from you! Drop them in the comments below and let us know which one of ours you have been implementing at a high level. If you haven't already, follow @lakeoftheozarksliving + tag us in all of your home renovations and DIY projects -- we'd love to start featuring them on our page!

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