A few months ago we spoke about ways to update your garden for spring. Well, now it’s time to look at some of the less-common features you’d find in the average backyard that will make anyone gape in amazement and wonder. Concrete contractors in Melbourne bring you 7 unusual yet amazing features to add to your backyard.
1. Hang a hammock
Whilst you might think you’ll need two trees in close proximity of each other to hang a hammock, the reality is there are multiple ways to hang a hammock. Available in an endless number of colours, designs and materials, a hammock would make a wonderful addition to your backyard and is a great way to relax on a nice day. You can read a book, get some work done if you work from home or even just take in the fresh air and natural surroundings. Lay down an outdoor rug or mat underneath to boost the aesthetic of it.
Why not take your outdoor dining area and add some rustic charm too? You can turn it into your own little ancient paradise by having a stone pergola and plant some flowers and vines to grow all around it. Alternatively, the roof doesn’t have to be solid. If you would prefer some light to seep in from the top you can have a crossed wooden roof instead and just have the flowers partially cover the roof. This would be a fantastic way to enjoy a nice lunch or tea-break with some friends.
Great for those colder nights, a fire pit is the perfect place to retire with your friends after a busy night and roast some marshmallows over the fire. These can come in a variety of different styles. The easiest way is to purchase an already made fire pit. But if you’d like to go the extra mile, you can build one into the ground, so it is literally a pit. You can enlist the help of some concrete contractors in Melbourne when it comes to applying the concrete as they can offer some alternative design ideas.
4. Japanese garden
Japanese gardens are world renowned for evoking peace and tranquillity. The sheer sight of their beauty and aesthetic design is quite breathtaking. So why not turn your backyard into one? Japanese gardens have many features, and you may not be able to fit all of them into your backyard, so it’s important to first take a look at what you can and can’t do. You may not be able to have a pond with lily pads for example, but you can still have square or circular concrete slabs surrounded by small pebbles, concrete statues and Japanese plants.
If you don’t want to transform your entire garden, you can still change a small part of it. Japanese rock gardens are great because they can be any size you like, so you can still have a contemporary western backyard if you choose, yet have that added Japanese influence.
5. Decorate with some art
Artwork is usually kept inside a house but there are no rules saying why there shouldn’t be some shared with the outdoors. Whether it be a traditional painting or a more outdoor-appropriate art-piece like a statue or sculpture, it’s a sure way to give your backyard some character and depth. Work out what you want and where you want it to go before you buy, the last thing you want is a sculpture sticking out like a sore thumb in an awkward position. If you are planning on hanging a painting outdoors, make sure it has some sort of protection from the elements.
6. Bird feeding station
A great way to help the environment and attract some little, chirpy friends to your backyard is to set up a bird feeding station. This can be done quite simply and will brighten up your backyard by creating an environmentally friendly atmosphere. It may also bring a variety of different birds you may never have seen before.
7. Build a greenhouse
Greenhouses can be beautiful additions to a backyard, especially if they’re filled with colourful plants and flowers. They can be any size that suits your backyard and the base can be any material you wish, such as wood or concrete. Our Melbourne concrete contractors can help pick out the best style of concrete for your greenhouse.
Concrete contractors in Melbourne
Prestige Concrete Services has over 20 years of experience in the concreting industry. With a portfolio covering residential, commercial and local government jobs, we’re more than equipped to tackle any concrete or backyard renovation related queries you might have.
If you would like more information about updating your backyard then please give us a call on 0411 440 157 or contact us through our website.