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Outdoor Projects for Homeowners & Renters

Outdoor Projects for Homeowners & Renters

Taking on outdoor projects can enhance the beauty, functionality, and value of your property. If you want to upgrade your outdoor space, we have ideas to help you get started.


Improve your curb appeal and create a welcoming outdoor environment by landscaping your front yard. This could involve planting small trees, shrubs, colorful flowers, and ground cover, as well as adding mulch or decorative rocks for a polished look. Who says you have to stop after that? Treat your backyard to a makeover too. The grass can be greener on your side.  

Patios and Decks

Create an outdoor living space where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy the fresh air. Install a patio composed of concrete, pavers, or natural stone, or build a deck from wood or composite materials. We're a fan of April Wilkerson's pool deck! Consider adding durable outdoor furniture, a grill, a cozy fire pit for toasting marshmallows, and even an outdoor kitchen—if budget and space allows. 

Garden Beds

Build garden beds for growing flowers, herbs, fruit, and vegetables. Raised beds can be constructed from wood, stone, or composite materials then filled with nutrient-rich soil for optimal plant growth. Consider these 10 Easy-to-Grow Fruits & Vegetables for Gardening Beginners. There's nothing quite like enjoying fresh produce right out of your garden. 

Outdoor Kitchens

Upgrade your backyard with an outdoor kitchen equipped with a grill, sink, counter space, storage, and seating area. Include a sleek outdoor faucet for extra credit! Cooking outside on a beautiful day while easily entertaining guests will elevate your hosting status instantly. No need to run back and forth between your home's kitchen and your outdoor space. Grilled flatbreads with charred homegrown tomatoes anyone?

Arbors, Pergolas and Gazebos

Arbors, pergolas, and gazebos can offer shade, privacy, and architectural interest to your yard. These structures are great for climbing plants and provide a framework for hanging lights or outdoor curtains. So what's the difference? Hint: Size and coverage matter. Arbors act like doorways that invite you into a backyard or guide you between different areas, whereas pergolas are larger structures that function more like a living space. Gazebos are essentially pergolas with roofs. You can build your own, or pick one up from your local hardware store.


Add pathways to connect different areas of your yard and provide easy access to your home, garden, and outdoor amenities. Use pavers, gravel, flagstone, or concrete to create functional and visually appealing paths. Avoid straight walkways if possible; winding paths are more visually appealing and meld better into the landscape. 

Water Features

Introduce tranquility and visual interest to your outdoor space with a water feature. Fountains, ponds, and waterfalls are all appealing options. Water features can attract wildlife, mask street noise, and create a relaxing ambiance. Consider the size of your space and budget. You can purchase modest fountains, or install large, multi-tiered ponds depending on your situation. 

Outdoor Lighting

Illuminate your outdoor space for safety and security. Strategically placed outdoor lighting also provides a welcoming atmosphere. Install path lights, spotlights, string lights, or lanterns to highlight architectural features, plants, and pathways. A warm glow will keep any soiree going, with the help of some refreshments of course!

Fencing and Privacy Screens

Build a fence or privacy screen to encourage a sense of peace and seclusion in your outdoor space. Choose from a variety of materials and styles to complement your home's architecture and landscaping. Use shrubs and trees to help conceal your space as well. The more natural, the better! 

Play Areas

Create a designated play area for children (or adults) with a swing set, sandbox, playhouse, or trampoline. Exercise is important for everyone! Ensure that the play area is safe, age-appropriate, and easy to supervise. Time to jump out of that tree house onto the trampoline then into the pool... kidding.

Before starting any outdoor project, consider your budget, local regulations, and the layout of your property. Planning carefully and consulting with professionals as needed can help ensure successful and satisfying results. If all else fails, plant some easy-to-grow flowers then call it good.