With spring around the corner, it’s time to think about what your first outdoor project will be this year. How about a big one? Maybe your backyard could do with some love and a makeover. It could be nice to transform the area or a portion of it to make it more inviting. That way, you’ll want to spend more time outside and enjoy it. There’s a variety of different ways in which you can transform it. Check out this awesome backyard before and after projects to get inspiration from them.
Time for Some Cleaning: Backyard Before And After Ideas
From Impromptu Pavilion To Covered Deck
Initially, this backyard had little to show apart from a relatively small seating area underneath a casual pavilion. There was no floor other than the ground itself, and it wasn’t very protected from the elements or very big, for that matter, even though there was quite a bit of space around it. The transformation by @cobrire changed everything. This area is now a big solid deck with a roof to protect it from the elements and plenty of room to move around. That allowed an outdoor kitchen, a seating area, and a new path linking it to the house.
All Cleaned Up And Shiny
Sometimes, there’s not a lot of space to work with, which can cause us to postpone specific projects for lack of inspiration or ideas. This small backyard was in dire need of renovation. It used to be dirty and gloomy, not inviting, and not a place where you’d want to spend time. After the renovation by @no40_home_renovation, it became this pristine and super chic space with a nice patch of green lawn, a place to sit and drink, and even this lovely brick shed at the back.
It’s All About Comfort
Having a backyard, even a small one, is excellent because it lets you spend more time outside and enjoy the nice weather and fresh air. It’s not something you’d necessarily want to do if all you had back there was a table and a couple of chairs. Check out this fantastic backyard before and after transformation by @rugrats.and.renovation and see how much of a difference a comfortable sectional and a few extra details can make.
A Layered Design
Once again, we’re looking at a relatively small backyard, but in the after pictures, you can see that many details went into the new design created by @negi.at.home. This was previously all on one level, and now you can see that the ground level rises at the back, and there are a few stairs and a small shed on the left side. That helps to create layers. It also makes the seating area look and feel more cozy and intimate, like a sunken living room.
A Fresh And Casual Makeover
In this backyard conversion by @alicia_coughlan, the main idea was to turn the previously empty and dark space into a bright and airy space where one can hang out, relax, sit down, and enjoy the nice weather. The most significant difference is the new furniture which suits this space well. The slender sled bases of the chairs and the table keep a lightweight look, and the greenery and the hanging lights create a fresh and charming ambiance.
A Big Space With Multiple Small Points Of Interest
A big backyard gives you more space to work with. That can mean there’s enough room here to create more than one type of setup. In this transformation by @littleedwardian, you can see the big difference between the before and after images. This went from being ample space to including a lovely seating area with a fire out in the middle, an outdoor dining area with a table and a couple of benches, a small seating area with a comfy chair, and a nice place to relax with a book.
Covered In Green
You can’t say you have a proper backyard if there’s no greenery in it. We love this before and after transformation by @alittlevictorianrenovation because it adds life to a previously barren space. The big patch of lawn has such a vivid green color, and even though it’s just a flat rectangle, it completely changes the whole space around it. Some other changes were made here, like the updated fences and planters at the back. The floor tiles frame everything nicely, giving this backyard a clean look.
A Colorful Approach
This backyard is redesigned with a new pergola roof and a painted floor, which gives it a much more inviting feel. There’s also a lovely table with benches, a pendant hanging above it, and all these planters that add life to the space. The exposed space, which previously contained a small pong, was turned into something more practical: a seating area with a comfortable sectional and a bunch of colorful accent cushions.
A Small Space With Big Potential
This backyard remodel is an excellent example of what can be done with limited space. Rather than letting all these constraints loom over this space, it’s much better to think of a clever way to use what’s available. The transformation done by @aljasser.design brings a big patch of grass, a wooden walking platform that wraps along the sides, and a minimalist tiled pathway that lets one go straight through this small backyard. Many new plants have also been added along the walls and path, with accent lighting that changes the atmosphere at night.
Sometimes, it may not seem like you have a lot of space in the backyard, but that may be a false impression given by how everything is organized. This before and after reveal by @greengenielandscapes gave this rather messy-looking backyard a brand-new design and helped it maximize its potential. The after images show how much space was out here once streamlined and cleaned. It now feels a lot more expansive and a lot more inviting as well.
A Space For Everything
Here’s another case of a small backyard that turned out to be a lot roomier than it seemed. The new design by @lydias_layton_life adds a multitude of features to it, including a nice green lawn area with a pathway going through, a covered seating area with an L-shaped sectional, a coffee table, and moody lighting, a barbecue grill, a fire pit and a more intimate hangout spot in the corner. It all fits in here with room to spare.
A Brand New Swimming Pool
There’s, of course, one more feature that could fit perfectly in a backyard: a swimming pool. The before and after backyard transformation done by @dannywangdesign focuses just on that. The pool takes up this entire side of the yard and has been custom-shaped to suit the available space and to make the most of it. The remaining space was turned into a nice wooden deck, a space to lounge and relax. It’s a night and day difference between the before and after images.
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