The backyard is where most outdoor activities take place at home, whether it’s playtime for kids, a family barbecue, or quiet time with a good book. Unlike traditional landscapes of the past, the backyard has become an outdoor space that is an extension of the home.
It’s safe to say that most backyards could use an upgrade as part of a home improvement project, whether it’s minor DIY changes or a full makeover with the help of a landscape designer. You don’t need a large yard to make major improvements. Even a small urban garden can be transformed into a welcoming space where you can enjoy your time outdoors to the maximum. Here are some basic backyard design principles as well as design ideas to get you started.