Not only can it make your home’s exterior more beautiful, but doing a backyard makeover can add value to your property. It also adds comfort and satisfaction for the whole family. But despite this, many homeowners don’t consider having a renovation, often thinking it will cost a waterfall of cash. While it can be expensive in some cases, there are plenty of ways to make it cheaper.
But the question is, how much does it take to do a makeover? Here are a few things that you should consider.
One of the first few things you may want to add to your backyard is a healthy grass lawn. But how much would it cost? Low-quality grass starts around £2 per square meter, while high-quality ones can reach up to £20. It may be an excellent idea to get the cheaper varieties, but they are often high-maintenance. If you want to save, look for a good balance of quality and price. For a 50-metre backyard, expect to spend around £150 to £250 for the turf. For the installation, tradespeople will often charge about £150 per day.
A backyard makeover won’t be complete without a deck. For decking, you have a couple of choices, each at different price points, having various advantages and disadvantages. Wood is the cheapest, but most varieties have the least durability. Plastic decking is more expensive but can withstand weather damage. However, they won’t look like wood decks, especially if you love the look of wood deck. Lastly, you can also choose composite. They are some of the most durable, comparable to plastic. However, they look as natural as wood, unlike plastic ones. The only advantage they have is their higher cost. But you can find and use 4 meter composite decking boards that are cheaper. Like lawn installation, you’ll save cost if you can build the deck yourself. Of course, you’ll need the know-how and the necessary tools to do so.
Other Flooring and Lawn Options
Aside from decking, you can consider concrete to your garden. Not only will it serve as excellent for flooring but it also decreases your grass areas, which lessens maintenance and upkeep significantly. If you want to convert your grass lawn into concrete, expect to spend around £30 to £50 per square meter. Other low alternatives that you can choose are mulch and artificial grass. Mulch can improve the quality of the soil while creating a beautiful, easy-to-maintain space in your backyard. You can use biodegradable materials, such as newspaper, sawdust, and wood chips. You can also use easy-to-find materials such as gravel and sand. On the other hand, artificial grass can be expensive, but can last for decades and is low-maintenance. All three are excellent, low-maintenance alternatives to grass.
Not only can it improve your home’s curb appeal, but starting a garden in your backyard can also have many benefits. For instance, you can choose to create a garden out of vegetables and usable herbs and spices. For this, you will need to create plant beds. How much it would take depends on the material you’ll be using. If you want flowers, you can choose for various species of plants, each at different price ranges. However, when selecting plants, go for long-lasting and low-maintenance ones, such as perennials. You can also add a tree, which can provide shade for your backyard. Planting tall-growing trees at certain spots can also potentially lower your cooling costs. There’s so much benefit in adding more nature when doing your next backyard makeover.
The Other Features
You may want to add more features and decorations to your backyard. You can go for water features, such as fountains, ponds, and waterfalls. The price for installing one depends on what type and how big it will be. For instance, a 2-metre diameter pond can cost you around £600 to £750, including labor and materials. Of course, you can choose to go the cheaper DIY route. You can find many DIY guides that use simple and recycled materials to build water features. Of course, expect to put in a little elbow grease.