Patio season is in full swing, especially now that we’re spending more time at home. So why not turn your backyard into the oasis you’ve always dreamt it could be without breaking the bank? Follow these simple tips and you’ll be throwing socially-distant backyard BBQs in no time!

Lay the Groundwork

If you don’t already have a built out deck or porch to start with, consider the type of base you want. Are you thinking full out deck with a railing and stairs? A poured slab? What about pebbles? There are so many options out there. For a quick, easy, and cheaper option, opt for pouring rocks or use easy-to-install decking tiles. They allow for more flexibility when it comes to shape and can be moved around after install. Plus, they are just as beautiful as traditional wood decking, without the labor and cost.

Beat the heat

It’s that time of the year when we start thinking about how nice it would be to have a pool right about now, especially with public pools being closed for the season. But not all of us have the space, the time, and not to mention the money for an in-ground pool. Opt for a stock tank pool to cool off this summer. It’s an easy way to beat the heat and it’s so much chicer than a blow up pool. This how-to guide from The Joshua Tree House is easy to follow.

Additionally, cover seating areas with an umbrella or large shade sail. We are loving this fun and joyful umbrella.

Keep Comfort in Mind

Now the fun part starts! Turn your backyard into the ultimate hang out spot with comfortable, durable furniture. This is the place to take risks and go bold with prints and colors. If you already have an outdoor set, that’s even better! Add cushions, change out slipcovers, or even just add on throw pillows to freshen up the look.

Use that furniture that’s been sitting in your garage or shed that you don’t quite know what to do with. For wood furniture, sand and strip it, apply a stain, and then use an outdoor polyurethane to protect it from the elements. Plastic, wire, or concrete furniture is also great for the outdoors. We love using Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp to score fun finds that won’t break the bank!

Up Your Plant Game

Bring life to your outdoor space with flowers and shrubs. Create a garden bed or scatter potted plants throughout the space. Terra cotta or glazed pots can be pricey, so try Facebook Marketplace here too. There are always so many options to choose from at a fraction of the retail cost.

Set the Mood with Lighting

Add that finishing touch with warm and subtle lighting. Simply string edison bulbs across your setup and have a plethora of candles at the ready for romantic nights. You can also swap out outdoor mounted lighting to freshen up your space. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy!