Whether big or small, your home’s backyard is an untapped oasis of potential beauty and natural healing. Although it may take some work to unlock that potential, taking a few weekends to landscape your backyard can greatly improve your home’s curb appeal and resale value. Not to mention, you’ll be able to relax in the comfort of your own nature retreat. Depending on your local climate and personal preference, these four backyard design ideas could transform your boring back lawn into a beautiful Grecian patio, English garden, forest escape, or Zen space. Before embarking on a major backyard renovation for your property, be sure to speak with a landscaper to determine what will work with your environment.

Here are 4 beautiful backyard designs that can increase the resale value of your home.

1. Live Like You’re on Vacation in Mykonos

If you enjoy the look and feel of a shady patio area, you can recreate a stunning Grecian aesthetic using stone tiles, white stucco, a trellis, and some cozy patio furniture. This revamped backyard design adds beauty and value to your property. In the future, selling your home with become easier after completing a major backyard redesign. For those that plan to act quickly and start selling their property directly after the backyard renovation, you can cash in on your efforts. Homeowners can view tips and tricks on how to sell a house fast here. Grecian-influenced backyard designs can add to your bottom line when you go to sell.

 With a foundation in place for your backyard design, you can then add a few finishing touches, such as to enhance this style:

  • Potted plants and vines

  • Stone statues

  • Fire pit

  • Wine bar

The trick to recreating the iconic Greek look is to lean into whites and blues. Try painting your patio furniture a deep shade of cobalt and adding blue and white pillows to capture the Mykonos vibes. Once everything is in place, you can then invite friends over to enjoy a Mediterranean meal and a few glasses of wine.

2. Transform Your Lawn into an English Flower and Vegetable Garden

Nothing screams old-world charm like a well-kept English garden complete with flowerbeds, rows of delicious vegetables, and trimmed bushes. Best of all, you can achieve this look with very little space. As long as you can dig out a row of soil, you can build your own miniature English garden. Although it may take some time to achieve the full effect, the end result is well worth the effort. To start, you’ll need to create raised garden beds using wood or stone. Then, you can fill the beds with a mix of topsoil, manure, and compost. Once the beds are ready, you can start planting your flowers and vegetables.

When it comes to plants, English gardens are typically filled with roses, lavender, and other fragrant flowers. You can also add a few fruit trees to your garden, such as apples and pears, or a treasure trove of traditional English vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbages, or leaks.

3. Bring the Forest to Your Backyard

If you live in an area with a lot of trees, you can create a stunning forest escape right in your own backyard. Start by clearing a path through the trees using stone pavers or gravel. Then, you can add a few benches, a fire pit, and some string lights to create a cozy atmosphere.

If you want to take your forest escape to the next level, you can also add a treehouse or hammock. Alternatively, if you live in a temperate, moist climate, you can add a soft, pillowy layer of moss to create a mystical forest floor. Just be sure to get permission from your local city or county before making any major changes to your property.

4. Create a Zen Space

If you’re looking for a backyard design that’s both beautiful and relaxing, consider creating a Zen space. To do this, you’ll need to add a few key elements, such as:

  • A water feature, such as a fountain or waterfall

  • A stone path

  • A stone or gravel garden

  • A few potted plants, such as bonsai trees

  • A few statues or sculptures

You can also add a few comfortable chairs or a bench to your Zen space so you can sit and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Just be sure to choose furniture that’s weather-resistant so it doesn’t deteriorate over time.

Final Thoughts

By redesigning your backyard, you can create an aesthetically pleasing area that’s cozy and relaxing. When you’re ready to sell your home, potential buyers will see the inherent value of your backyard and jump to put in an offer. Just remember to take time to plan your design ahead of time and be patient through the entire process. It’s worth it to invest in your backyard design.

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