Stay Busy with 3 Easy Backyard Building Projects
If you are looking for your next backyard project to keep your hands busy on the weekends, here are few ideas to get you started.
Remember to do some planning before you dig in, to make sure any permanent construction is off to a good start. For larger projects, like a shed, you might want to talk to a construction surveyor to make sure your location is suitable.
These are just some general building guidelines, you might want to check online for more detailed plans and instructions.
A Fire Pit
Who wouldn’t love the warmth and comfort of their own personal hearth, right in the backyard? With some stone blocks, gravel and a little digging, you can have a fire pit ready for your next get-together in just a weekend.
Dig a flat-bottomed hole around 40 inches across and a foot deep. Add a layer of gravel and tamp it down firmly. Lay in a ring of bricks, stones or blocks around the inside rim of the hole. Add a second row of stones, using mortar or masonry adhesive. Once that is set, fill it in with about 6 inches more of gravel. Now keep building to add 2 more rows of stones. Top them off with a row of decorative bricks if you want, adding a bit of a rim to keep sparks in.
A picnic table can easily become a central piece of outdoor furniture, excellent for having a snack to hosting a BBQ. It’s a lot nicer than a bunch of folding chairs a will give you lots of area for serving up food.
You’ll want some real plans for this project since you are going to be cutting wood and specific angles and lengths are important. Materials will include a number of 2x4s, 2x6s and 2x8s along with a variety of screws and bolts to hold it all together. Once you cut the wood to size, the overall shape of the table falls in place naturally. It’s not a difficult backyard project at all.
The ultimate in DIY backyard construction, a new shed to keep your tools and gardening supplies safe and handy. Unless you are really dedicated, this project will probably take more than a single weekend though it’s still very much a DIY choice.
If you want to avoid building permits, keep your shed apart from the house (leave it unattached) and keep it under the size restrictions. Your local municipal or council office can tell you what that size is. Unless you don’t mind getting a permit, keep your final product under the limit.
Again, you’re going to need some plans. There is more to constructing a small building than just nailing boards together in a rectangle-shaped box. Keeping everything precise and square is important if you want the doors to close properly and the shelves to be level.
And if you’re not quite up to a shed built with lumber, you can always go for a metal kit with panels that screw together in a couple of hours.
Any of these projects will improve the look and quality of your outside spaces for years to come.