As a new year is about to begin, everyone is eager to make some major adjustments to their lives and thus a lot of home renovations are ongoing. Want to spruce up the compound of your home without breaking bank? Let us give you a few ways to do so.
Make a list
Go around your home and make a list of all the things you would want to change or add. Would you need a kid’s play area? Are you looking to have a little patio? This will help you plan as well as have an estimate of what kind of budget you should be drawing up. Make a rough sketch of your yard with thoughts of where you want to place things. A look around the house will also help you understand where the elements, i.e. wind, sun, etc are more likely to cause problems for you.
Home Makeover shows may give you some great ideas on how to landscape your home but bear in mind that they have a crew of at least 60 people with huge budgets. Instead of sinking your life savings into a home makeover, why not start small. You can start with a little garden. Work on it for 1 or 2 hours each day and then extend to transforming an area of your yard into a place where your family can have barbeques, etc. The point is to take your time and do it in pieces so you are happy with the final results.
Use what you have
You do not have to build new structures or insert new designs in your home to create a new space in your home. You can create a new vision with the plants and vegetation in your home. Why not turn your vegetation into something new. Amend your soil by adding organic matter such as finely shredded pine bark, peat moss, mushroom compost or leaf mold before setting out plants. Loose, fertile soil will encourage root growth on new plantings and allow them to become established quickly. If you recently had construction work done, left over gravel and cement blocks and pavement blocks can be used to make rock gardens. Have an open space in your backyard? Just add a few chairs and a table to make a great sitting or dining area.
Use your sides
Side yards are often narrow strips that are rarely seen. They can be a good place to house your mini crop gardens. Create a herb garden in these sides; Thyme, Mint and other nifty kitchen spices can be grown in these side strips. You’ll probably need a walkway on at least one side of your house so you can easily navigate from the front of the house to the backyard. Pavement blocks and cement slabs are perfect for creating these walkways.
Lastly, to keep your compound looking great, maintenance is key. Maintaining your compound, tending to your gardens and general cleaning of your compound frequently helps to get rid of feeling like you need a constant makeover.