Outdoor Design on a Budget

Screen-shot-2013-08-13-at-1.49.56-PM-300x225[1]Have you been spending your summer on the sidelines watching your neighbors make updates to their yard? Then it’s time to give your own space some attention! Outdoor design ideas can be a small investment, but there are many options available that can be done on a budget. By planning ahead and making use of all your space, you can create a backyard that reminds you of a small retreat.

First, think about what you want to accomplish in your yard. If you have a limited budget to work with, you want to make an update that will give you the most bang for your buck. The design should be an extension of your home, whether you choose a new patio, an outdoor kitchen enclosure or a waterfall. Choosing artificial stone is a great choice for these features because it gives you the look of natural stone without the cost and maintenance.

StoneMakers products are a smart alternative to natural stone, and they are budget-friendly, too. You’ll be surprised at what you can get done; a new walkway, patio or retaining wall are instantly in your budget. Once you decide how you will design your space, you can take advantage of these great ideas for decorating on a budget.

Decorate Exterior Walls: Use your exterior walls just as you do indoors. Hang metal art, add shelves or paint them a different color. This is an easy and inexpensive way to brighten up your space.

Hang Linens: Drape layered sheets or fabric over an area to create a canopy. Add in some matching pillows and lightweight throw blankets for added color and flair.

Install Lighting: String lighting over your space for a festive look. Or, install hanging lights or wall lights that will add function and illumination to your stone patio. Electricity can easily be run from outside electrical outlets.

Coordinate Furniture: Investing in a patio set can cost hundreds of dollars, but who says the set has to match? Shop at yard sales and thrift shops for chairs and a table. They don’t have to be the same, they just have to complement each other.

Remember, any type of hardscape or design project is a work in progress. You can add to it over time, so start with a project that is small and accommodates your budget.