Our Best Layout Tips for a Backyard Remodel Near Me

backyard remodel near meIf you’re going to spend money on a backyard redesign, take the time to plan an outdoor space your family will actually use. We know that choosing the best layout can be difficult. However, with the help of experienced outdoor contractors, your project doesn’t have to be a headache. Choose a team with design experience like Structurally Speaking for your backyard remodel near me. We don’t just build decks; we design complete backyards that are both beautiful and functional. You’ll love your new outdoor living space when we’re done, because our layouts work perfectly for your needs.

Backyard Remodel Mistakes

Every backyard is different, and thus the layouts we design vary greatly. Even with identical backyards, we often will recommend very different layouts, based on how each family intends to use the space. Therefore, it is easier to give you a few tips on what not to do as you begin designing your new backyard. Here are a few “don’ts” as you plan your remodel:

  • Don’t give up too much grassy area. Having a yard space is important to many families, especially if you have kids who like to play outside.
  • On the other hand, don’t build a deck that’s too small if you don’t use your grassy areas anyway. It might seem strange to build a large deck if you have a small backyard, but it’s your space! You should build a backyard that you actually want to use, even if that means very little grassy space.
  • Don’t choose a layout that requires you to remove trees or other plants you love. An experienced deck contractor can design a deck around a tree to make sure you have plenty of space for your garden.
  • Avoid designs that don’t take the sun into account. We find that many backyards here in North Carolina are almost completely unusable during the summer because they provide no sun protection. Your designer should take the position of your home into account and plan for areas of both sun and shade.

Most importantly, always talk about budget before you start any project. Be extremely wary of any backyard contractors who won’t give you a firm price quote or who don’t respect your budget. Here at Structurally Speaking, we always talk about money upfront so we can design the backyard of your dreams without breaking the bank.

What Makes a Backyard Layout Perfect?

Every family has their own definition of perfect. To us, the perfect backyard layout for you creates a space you will use frequently and enjoy without too much maintenance. This may include design elements such as:

  • Sunken fire pits
  • Pergolas
  • Built-in benches
  • Water features
  • Multiple levels
  • Incorporated lighting
  • Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces
  • Multiple exits/entries from your home
  • Covered areas, as well as open areas
  • Storage

If you can dream it, we can design and build it! We encourage you to bring all your ideas to our initial meeting so we can incorporate them into your final design. After your initial consultation, we’ll schedule a design meeting where we’ll show you a few options. We don’t start building until you are absolutely in love with your new backyard design.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure what you want. Many clients come to us without a specific plan in mind. We have experience helping you discover the perfect backyard design for your home and family. We’ll walk you through the process.

Best Decorations for Your New Backyard

Construction is just the first part of any backyard redesign. We specialize in building decks and porches that are as beautiful as they are functional. However, a few decorations can really make the new design shine. Here are a few recommendations we have for decorating your new backyard:

  • Outdoor rugs can add a lot of color to a space in a non-permanent way. They can also visually anchor a space if you want to create different seating areas or zones for different purposes.
  • We love solar lights for lining walkways or adding extra light to seating areas. String lights can also give your backyard a whimsical look.
  • Sometimes, the best way to decorate an outdoor space is to let native plants thrive. We can add planters if you like to garden, or pergolas, trellises, etc. for low-maintenance climbing plants.
  • Invest in high-quality outdoor furniture that won’t fade and crack after just a single season. Choose a neutral base color and then top with colorful cushions and pillows that you can change to suit your tastes throughout the years.

No matter how you decorate, make sure you have enough storage for your yard items such as garden tools, outdoor toys, and sports equipment. Having storage stops both your home and yard from getting cluttered. If your space is clean and clear it will automatically look bigger and feel more like an oasis, even if your backyard is small.

FAQs About Hiring a Contractor for a Backyard Remodel Near Me

Our team strives to make sure every client feels like more than just a number to us. You’re trusting us with your home, so we treat your project with the respect and care it deserves. Here are a few frequently asked questions we hear, but please feel free to ask more at any time!

What if my backyard is uneven or small?

We thrive taking on “difficult” or unusual projects. If your backyard is uneven, we’ll start with a process called grading so we can build a deck, porch, or other outdoor living space that is both safe and beautiful. Small yards are no problem! We’ll help you maximize the space.

Can I see examples of your work?

Yes! Our online portfolio is available here. We’d also be happy to show you more pictures in-person so you can see specific examples of our work.

How do I get started?

We’d love to meet with you for a no-obligation free consultation. Contact us today to make an appointment.