It does not need luxurious outdoor fixtures and features to create a fantastic haven in your backyard. Just a few cost-effective and carefully chosen outdoor additions, you can very well create your own backyard oasis.
The best way to make sure you save money, is planning ahead. Star by visualizing how would you want your patio to be, how will you use it, and what features you need. Creating a sketch or a plan will help you determine what you need and what you do not need. You can simplify to just satisfy your needs.
At the very beginning of the project, you build a flooring or a platform in which your outdoor room will be created. Building with pavers and stones is considerably the cost-effective way. Easy to build your own, and does not need technical skills and tools. A good combination of pavers and stones of different color would add interest to the setting.
A swimming pool is undeniably a great feature for your backyard. However, building a pool is exhausting and really expensive. If you really love to dip in the water, pretty sure you’ll also love a portable hot tub. Though not a real alternative to a pool, at least you’ll get a similar sensation. A great benefit is that you can enjoy it all year round because of the hot feature. You may even place it in the ground to make it look like a little pool.
The best cover alternative to a pergola and roofing are outdoor umbrellas and shade sails. Obviously, building a pergola or a roof is much more expensive and a tedious task. Whereas buying an outdoor patio umbrella is cheaper and you can get a good cover form that sun and even rain quickly.
Building an outdoor fireplace is expensive, but you can build a simple fire pit which also gives heat you need and the dancing flame you want to see. It can be built using stones and bricks only. Please read this quick guide on building a fire pit.
Another alternative is a portable fire pit or fire bowl. You can choose either gas or wood fuelled. It is a great alternative in many ways. First, you don’t have to build anything or change your setup. Second, its portability allows you to place it anywhere around your backyard. And lastly, you can save on maintenance.