Some may say that summer is the best season for spending time outdoors — but autumn sure does give it a run for its money. With the crisp air, changing leaves, and early sunsets, there’s really nothing like an evening spent outside this time of year. If you agree, here are seven ideas for DIY projects that will help you enjoy your back patio even more this autumn.
1.Adding A Pond Or Water Feature In Your Backyard
The sound and sight of water can be so calming, but not all of us have the luxury of living on a lake or near the ocean. The next best thing is to add a pond or water feature in your backyard. With easy kits that come ready to install, you don’t even need to involve a professional to bring your idea to life. Bring this tranquil addition to your outdoor living space to make evenings out back even more relaxing in autumn.
2. Installing Tile Over An Existing Concrete Patio
An easy way to spruce up your back patio is to install frost-resistant porcelain tile right over your concrete pad. This home improvement project might sound difficult, but it’s actually a pretty simple and straightforward project to tackle. You can find detailed instructions on how to install tile over an existing concrete patio in this helpful how-to guide from TheRTAStore.
3. Creating An Outdoor Kitchen
Dream kitchens don’t have to be indoors. Yours might be out in the backyard, featuring a full set of quality cabinets — and maybe even a pizza oven! With temperatures finally dropping down a bit, fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy an outdoor kitchen (and a wood-fired pizza). Dining outside will be even more spectacular with everything you need to prep, cook, and serve a meal just steps away. Contact us when you’re ready, and we’ll connect you with your very own Home Improvement Project Planner. At The RTA Store, we specialize in dream kitchens and offer free design services to help you create the perfect kitchen for (inside or outside) your home.
4. Building A DIY Fire Pit
When fall nights get chilly, imagine warming up around your very own fire pit. Store bought options can cost hundreds (even thousands) of dollars, but you can make your own for a fraction of the price. There are many ways to go about this DIY project, such as using precast concrete blocks and a steel fire ring. If you’re up for the challenge, this is a fairly easy endeavor. Just make sure you keep lots of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate in your new quality cabinets for the s’mores nights to come.
5. Outdoor Heating
If a fire pit isn’t your style, installing outdoor heating is another way to ensure you can still enjoy your backyard on nippy nights. There are a variety of different styles depending on the size of your patio and personal preference. If your patio is covered, a mounted heater is a discreet and permanent option. Alternatively, “mushroom” heaters can be placed wherever and offer a portable solution.
6. Upgrading Outdoor Lighting
Daylight Savings Time ends in November, which means your backyard will be getting darker much earlier. Rather than end your evenings early, upgrade your outdoor lighting, so that your patio is bright and illuminated. From low-voltage and line-voltage options, to solar-powered landscape lighting and string lights, now is the perfect time to incorporate the right lighting that will highlight the best parts of your outdoor space.
7. Autumn Landscaping
Make the most of the autumn’s gorgeous colors with a landscaping project. Mums, Snapdragons, Pansies, Aster Daisies, Helenium, Vinca, Black-Eyed Susan, and “Autumn Joy” Sedum are all beautiful flowering fall plants that can add color to your yard this time of year. Or incorporate a tree or shrub with seasonal color into your landscape plan, such as Burning Bush, Firethorn, or Japanese Maple.
At TheRTAStore, we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (ready to assemble) and pre-assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, home office, home bar, or TV room, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call, and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design service.