4 Backyard Projects to Splurge on This Summer
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Summertime is in full swing, which means you're probably spending more of your free time outside. Your lawn is lush and green, your pool is at the perfect pH, and your deck is restained and ready to go. Now that these essential outdoor projects are out of the way, it's time to treat your yard with these splurge-worthy additions.
Bring Warmth with an Outdoor Fire Pit
Break out the graham crackers and marshmallows—an outdoor fire pit is the ultimate entertaining addition for a laid back summer's night. From making s'mores with the family to relaxing with guests under the stars, having a fire pit installed will bring a cozy atmosphere to your backyard.
When it comes to adding a fire pit to your home, you will want to consider both the size and placement. Fire pits range anywhere from $300 to $3,000, depending on the material, size, and placement. Although your fire pit can have a sizeable width, we recommend choosing a fire pit that isn't too tall—the extra height can prevent heat from reaching over the pit, which is not ideal for chilly nights. When deciding on the perfect spot for your fire pit, avoid having it installed underneath large trees or shrubbery to minimize potential fire hazards.
Add Character with a Perfectly Placed Pergola
Enjoy a shady haven during hot summer days by having a new pergola installed in your backyard. A pergola typically has a latticed roof design, creating a fair amount of shade while also allowing the warm sun to peek through. Whether it is built on the patio next to the home or is freestanding in the backyard near a garden area, a pergola is the prime way to cool down in style this summer.
The average pergola is about 10x10 feet and can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 for installation, material, and labor costs. A wood pergola—which is the most popular option—may cost around $3,000. Wood brings a timeless sense of sophistication to a yard and can easily be stained and paired with virtually any outdoor furnishings. Other popular materials for pergolas include metal and fiberglass, which can both cost up to $5,000.
Looking to take your pergola to the next level? Consider having lighting, such as built-in LED lighting or string lights, installed inside the pergola for the ultimate ambience on a summer's night. If you dream of listening to your favorite music while lounging on the patio or taking a dip in the pool, talk to a local electrician about installing a sound system within your pergola space.