If you enjoy grilling in the backyard and hanging out with family outside when the sun goes down, there are plenty of ways to take your summer outdoor living to the next level this year. Maybe you’ve been inspired by DIY home improvement shows on TV, or maybe you’re just looking for a way to make this summer extra-special. With that in mind, here are a few summer outdoor living projects that have the potential to turn every weekend into a “wow” moment for you and your family.

 

#1: Create an outdoor firepit

You might not have noticed, but outdoor firepits are extremely popular these days. They essentially give you the ability to create a fairytale-like outdoor campfire any night of the week. (Of course, you’ll have to make sure that you take the proper precautions because you’re going to have an exposed fire.) The good news is that most large home improvement chains (think Home Depot or Lowe’s) have plenty of DIY projects for creating stonewalled firepits that meet all local safety codes. The real payoff, of course, comes on the first star-filled night when it’s just you and your family lounging around a campfire.

#2: Build a tree bench

There’s a big difference between a “tree bench” and “a bench under a tree.” A tree bench literally encircles a big tree in your backyard in a full 360-degree design. You get more seating space than with a conventional bench, and you also get the shady canopy of your favorite backyard tree. As an added bonus, you can snuggle up with several people at once, or just let your kids catch up on their summer reading while staying cool and shaded at the same time.

#3: Erect an arbor gateway to your backyard garden

The backyard arbor comes in a variety of different forms – you can choose an unfinished one or a painted one, it’s up to you. And you can decide on whether you choose to decorate it with climbing plants or flowers. The goal of the arbor is to frame one’s attention on a focal point in the backyard, and as such, is the perfect way to showcase your summer garden.

#4: Build an outdoor kitchen

If you already have a backyard deck, there’s no reason why you can’t add an outdoor kitchen as part of a relatively straightforward DIY weekend project. The centerpiece of this project is needs to be a set of cast-concrete blocks that can be assembled into a cooking area, as well as a place for your gleaming stainless steel grill. Once the concrete blocks have been put into place, you’ll need to create a stone countertop. From there, the level of detail of your outdoor kitchen is up to you. Depending on the size of your backyard, you can add extras like a sink and appliances, including a fridge to keep your drinks cool during the hot summer months. If it gets too hot and sweltering in the daytime, you can even add a roof or pergola.

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Summer is one of the most glorious times of the year, and there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy an extra-special season by implementing one or more of these backyard DIY projects.

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