Backyard Design Ideas to Set in Motion Before Summer

Mandy Lee, 5/22/2020

Backyard Design Ideas to Set in Motion Before Summer

Stay-at-home and do-it-yourself have taken on new importance and significance in our lives in 2020. With the global pandemic bringing economies to screeching halts and government-mandated shutdowns of a vast majority of businesses, we’re living in a time period where we have to stay at home most of the time, and we’re not sure how long it’s going to be this way. 

It can be challenging to maintain your sanity during such times, so you need a long list of things to keep you busy while we wait out this storm. Backyard DIY projects are one of the best ways to do that, so here are some ideas you can set in motion now and be able to enjoy when summer rolls around. 

Installing a Pool

What better way to eat up large chunks of your spring than by building a pool all on your own. You could go with an above-ground version for an easier DIY project, or even build an -inground pool if you have the right tools. If you don’t already have a pool, you’re going to want one during summer quarantine 2020. Swimming is a great way to cool down and get some stress-free exercise in making it the perfect project for you to start.

One tip we recommend for pools this year is to put in some drainage along with them. Permeable paving makes for the perfect poolside drainage system because it acts as both drainage and pavement around the edges of your pool. 

This will help keep things clean and prevent that oh-so-typical muddy moat from developing around your backyard pool.

Building a Pergola

Another great way to stay cool this summer while you spend inordinate amounts of time lounging in your backyard is to give yourself some shade. A DIY, easy assemble pergola is an excellent way to do this. 

You can even order a kit over the internet and use some basic tools to install it when it arrives. This is an especially smart idea to minimize the number of trips you make to the hardware store and other public places.

Growing a Garden

Fresh produce from your own garden will never be more useful to you and your family than it is during a pandemic. It can be hard to find fresh produce like that you might find at a farmer’s market right now, and building a garden to grow your own is a simple and fulfilling project that anybody can help with. It is also a great way to bond with and teach your children about what it takes to grow a garden and the responsibility and diligence that comes along with it. 

Set an Example for Your Family

Don’t let your family see you laying around and wasting the days away in front of the TV during this quarantine. Show them how to make the most of a bad situation by starting on one or more of the backyard DIY summer projects. Not only will you motivate and inspire them, you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor this summer.

Mandy Lee is a contributor to Innovative Construction Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.