A stay-at-home summer doesn’t need to be boring. Enjoy the vacation vibes while at home by turning your backyard into an oasis without breaking the budget. Here’s how to cost effectively maximize your outdoor space.
Upgrade your outdoor furniture
Make your outdoor space seem bigger by creating different seating areas for different purposes. Think of a cozy coffee nook for mornings, a lazy hammock for getting lost inside the pages of a summer thriller, lounge chairs for catching the afternoon sun, a fire pit for s’mores and a patio table for family meals.
If you’ve already got a nice patio set, freshen it up by replacing the cushions and adding some summery throw pillows for a whole new look.
Add a splash of fun
It may be too late in the season for installing an in-ground pool, but you can still have your floating fun with an above-ground pool this summer. Above-ground pools can cost as little as a few hundred dollars or as much as a few thousand for a larger, upgraded model and take a week or less to install.
Make it natural
Yes, you’re already outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you’re surrounded by greenery. Even if you live in the city, you can add a natural touch to small apartment porches with potted plants, a container garden or a trellis with climbing flowers. If you want to go all-out to get that resort-like feel, consider building your own waterfall this summer.
Fun for the kids
The sky’s the limit when it comes to outdoor play. Just have fun and let your creativity flow. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Put up a rock-climbing wall. If your kids are climbing the walls from being home for too long, try a DIY rock-climbing kit for endless fun that also builds strength and coordination.
Build a swing set. Swing sets provide hours of entertainment, but they can get pricey. Save money by choosing to build a swing set yourself instead of purchasing it pre-made. You’ll have to swing for materials and maybe the tools, but you’ll still come out way ahead. Plus, you can make the construction a family project that will keep everyone involved for days.
Create a natural play space. According to a natural playground study by the University of Tennessee, children who play on natural playgrounds, or playscapes, tend to stay more engaged than those playing on brightly colored equipment. Building a natural play space is easy—think a small pile of sand, a set of logs arranged as stepping stones and some tall grass or plants to act as hiding spaces.
Financing your oasis
If you’re short on the cash you need to turn your backyard into an oasis this summer, we can help with a No-Closing Cost Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). With flexible terms, low rates and no closing costs, a HELOC is the perfect way to fund your backyard oasis.