Coloradans are about to experience a summer like no other. While many COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, we’re a long way from returning to normalcy. That means no concerts at Red Rocks, no crowds at Rockies games, and no sun-splashed days at Water World.

But just because this summer will be different doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. In fact, it’s as critical as ever to relax and unwind. 

Up until now, you may have thought of your backyard as little more than another space to maintain. The reality, though, is that this outdoor living area could function as your own urban oasis. Check out these tips for creating your dream backyard in 2020.

Build a patio or deck

Small outdoor gatherings at home will become the norm for families over the next few months. So why not construct a deck or patio where the entire group can be together? It’s a perfect home addition for those thinking about Fourth of July and Labor Day celebrations.

The options are pretty much endless when it comes to patios and decks. Take some time to see what’s available and determine your price range. Home improvement experts will tell you that a properly built deck will yield a solid return on investment.

Consider a pergola

What good is a deck if it’s constantly getting cooked by the afternoon sun? Give yourself the ability to enjoy your backyard any time of day with a pergola. It creates ample shade for you and your guests, and it won’t break the bank to install. 

Find a fountain

Every backyard, big or small, needs a water feature. As with a pergola, you don’t have to buy the most expensive one you come across. Feel free to put your fountain in a garden, on a table, or near a xeriscaped area.

Utilize outdoor lighting

Sunset happy hour with friends? A special dinner under the stars with your family? Imagine how much hosting you’ll do this summer once you’ve put up outdoor lighting! 

This is something you can do with even the smallest budget. And if the goal is to incorporate soft lighting, you can’t go wrong with lanterns or torches around the garden. 

Splurge on cozy furniture

An absolute must. The last thing you want to do is overspend on the above ideas only to be stuck with uncomfortable furniture. Space Wise recommends browsing pillows, benches, and rocking chairs and determining which seating best aligns with your space. 

Get the most bang for your buck

We already mentioned a deck or patio as backyard projects that boost the value of your home. Keep in mind, they aren’t the only ways to entice buyers in the future. Here are several more cost-effective additions for your backyard.

Outdoor kitchen

The ideal backyard serves as an extension of one’s living room. Think about it for a moment. Guests want to be able to go inside and outside as they please, especially during the summer.

It should be no surprise that outdoor kitchens are rising to the top of buyers’ wish lists. Per Absolute Outdoor Kitchens, such an addition offers an ROI of up to 200%. Pro tip before going this route: hire a professional who will get the job done right the first time.

Fire pit   

What’s not to like about a fire pit? For starters, guests can enjoy s’mores well into the evening. Another plus about fire pits is their usefulness throughout the year.

Just be sure to avoid a potential disaster by situating your fire pit away from structures. Homeowners with fire pits typically recoup the highest costs when they choose natural gas. Lastly, alert your city and/or HOA prior to moving forward.

Swimming pool

We saved the most extravagant addition for last. With public pools closed all over Colorado, including some community pools within HOAs, homeowners are looking into what it would take to put in their own. It’s certainly not cheap, as upfront costs range from $20,000-$30,000. 

However, if you have the financial means, a residential pool provides countless opportunities for making memories with loved ones. In need of a more affordable alternative? Then consider a swing set or other place space for your little ones.

Paying for your dream backyard

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself when brainstorming how to transform your backyard. Thankfully, you can make it happen without depleting your savings account or using a high-interest credit card.

We encourage you to research the ins and outs of home improvement loans. Then choose from home equity loans, home equity lines of credit, and personal loans. 

Trust us, you’ll have the backyard you’ve always wanted in no time.