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Enjoy the Great Outdoors Right in Your Own Backyard

Enjoy the Great Outdoors Right in Your Own Backyard

If you’ve been feeling a little cooped up because of the coronavirus, you are not alone.
Everyone is feeling a little on edge, but fortunately, summer is near, and now is the perfect time
to learn to truly appreciate your outdoor space. Keep scrolling for a few DIY endeavors that can
help you and your family ride out the pandemic with style.

Start Small

If you’ve never been much of a do-it-yourselfer, then it’s probably best to start with a smaller
project. Something as simple as cleaning up the landscape or painting the fence can give you a
huge confidence boost, not to mention enhance your home’s curb appeal and value. While you
have the paintbrush out, spruce up the front door. If you have a pressure washer, now is also a
great time to clean the porch, walkway, and siding. While you’re working, you can get the kids
started on creating their own entertainment for the season by letting them build and design a
few outdoor games using things like pool noodles and rocks.

Big Impact, Little Work

Once you get comfortable with your tools, you can increase the time and complexity of your
outdoor projects. Another great idea that will have a huge impact without being overly
complicated is to paint your home’s exterior. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to be
comfortable climbing a ladder, particularly if your home has more than one story. Painting is not
difficult, but you have to be confident when you’re dealing with high places. Keep in mind this
project may cost as much as $1,000 if you’re going with high-end paints, but if you’re on a
budget, you can get out at around $500 or less.

From the Road

If you’re not entirely comfortable climbing a 20-foot ladder, you may feel more at ease staying
closer to the ground. A great project here is to build a brick mailbox. Bricks are relatively
inexpensive, and you can find step-by-step directions on sites such as Instructables. Once you
have your mailbox up, add a few flowers for a pop of color. The kids may also enjoy digging in
the dirt, so make sure you have child-sized tools to inspire their inner gardeners.

A Place to Gather

Playing a game of cards on the brick paver pool deck
Now it’s time to focus on your entertaining areas. Although you may not yet be ready to have
the neighbors over for a barbecue, you’ll enjoy your summer that much more if you have a
backyard patio where your family can gather. If you already have a patio, simple things, like
updating the furniture and hanging lights, can have a huge effect on the overall appearance.
Strictly Stone’s online gallery is a great place to start if you need inspiration. Plus, if you don’t
have a patio, there’s no better place to find patio, walkway, pool, and driveway pavers.

Privacy Matters

If privacy is important, grab your hammer and saw. Building your own fence is an excellent
project, but it does take work and may easily eat up two long weekends. In addition to the raw
materials, you’ll also need a nail gun, drill, and saw. Exterior screws and concrete mix along
with a post hole digger will also come in handy. Before you begin, consult your property map to
ensure that you are not planning to inadvertently encroach on someone else’s land.
As much of the country braces for a second wave of the COVID-19 virus, it makes sense to
have a cozy outdoor area to shelter in place. You never know how much you can enjoy your
own backyard until you take the time to make it a place that matters.

David Arroyo

David Arroyo of Strictly Stone started laying brick as a summer job in high school with his father. He went on to study design at the Illinois Institute of Art which allowed him to further develop his expertise and to enhance his artistic eye. To date, David has more than 1,000 brick paving projects under his belt.