How do you Create an Outdoor Living Space on a Budget?


You do not need a huge budget and a magic wand to make your outdoor space come to life. If you’re tired of your current outdoor design, here are some ways to make it “chic for cheap”:

  1. Container Gardens

Add a touch of nature to breathe new life into your surroundings. Container gardens are easy to manage when you choose the right ones that factor in ways to keep the plants healthy like proper drainage. Bright flowers with lots of foliage will significantly transform your space.

  1. Canopy Bed

Don’t you just marvel at the canopy beds you see at hotels? It is easy to create such a luxurious space in your backyard. For this DIY project, you will need lumber for the base, a mattress, curtain panels for the drapery, and decorative pillows to top it off.

  1. Water Features

There is something relaxing about the sound of moving water which makes water features a perfect addition to the outdoor space. Not all water features are expensive to create. Consider a solar-powered water feature, a cascading fountain, or a small pond with a few colourful fish. Many fantastic ideas can be found on the websites such as Amazon and Pinterest to name a few.

  1. Firepit

No matter the temperature, a fire pit creates the perfect ambiance for a relaxing evening with family and friends. Creating a firepit can be a great project and focal point for your outdoor space. Choose a safe location, prepare the area, install a paver base (if built on a lawn), set the stone, and install the bricks. Just like that, you now have a unique feature to enjoy for many years to come.

  1. Build a Birdhouse

Do people still use birdhouses? Yes, and if you are an animal lover, these will attract nesting birds. Explore your creative side with birdhouses of various shapes and colours. They can be hung on trees or walls, attached to fences or displayed on poles in your garden. Birdhouses, however, are not just an artistic feature in your yard. Some responsibility comes with attracting nesting birds, so be sure to learn about the birds you plan to attract and prepare accordingly.

  1. Outdoor Rugs

You simply cannot go wrong with an outdoor rug that adds the “wow” factor to your backyard. Choose a bright colour, bold pattern, or dramatic design to stand out amongst the furniture.

  1. Create a Stone Path

A stone path is always an appealing outdoor feature, who knows where it can lead. Throw in some glow-in-the-dark stones and you have a unique game-changer at night.

  1. Trellises 

Trellises are absolutely picturesque, especially when leaves or flowers are intertwined. Whether they are made of wood, metal, or PVC, a trellis will be a beautiful garden anchor (the stone path can even lead to it). Decorate it with mini white lights for that perfect final touch.

  1. Stock Tank Pool

We all love the joy and relaxation an outdoor pool brings, but the overall cost, installation, and maintenance process can be a dealbreaker. Luckily, a stone tank pool on your deck or in your backyard will be functional and cost-effective. The metal tanks are said to keep the water cool and the exterior can be customized to match your curb appeal. Add floating pool lights to add nighttime ambiance.

  1. Fence Mural 

Do you have a wooden fence that could use a new look? Why not paint a mural. This fun art project will add a unique feature to your home and can even create the illusion of a larger space depending on your choice of artwork.

  1. Mood Lighting

Have you noticed how the right lighting can change the atmosphere of a space? Imagine looking out your window to the beauty of string lights or lanterns accentuating the new look of your outdoor space.


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