Get the Backyard of Your Dreams With These Affordable Ideas From HGTV's Desert Flippers
In the desert, we enjoy nearly 350 days of sunshine a year. We practically live outside. We sleep with our doors and windows open. We dine poolside. We even watch TV and lounge outside instead of in. Given this, the outdoor living spaces and lifestyle sell a home here almost as much as the home itself.
Unfortunately, you can easily spend as much money renovating the outside as you spend on the inside, not to mention the amount of time and effort that can be spent on engineering, permits, and construction. Overspending or over-improvements on a home can all too quickly swallow up all the equity you've created. So as designers, Realtors, and home flippers in Palm Springs, CA, we've become incredibly resourceful at maximizing outdoor living spaces for the least amount of expenditure. We use DIY concrete or flagstone pavers in lieu of bringing in a cement truck; lay small sections of artificial turf in lieu of new sod that requires irrigation and maintenance; create courtyards with privacy hedges rather than block walls and fences; and make multipurpose spaces to get maximum bang for the buck.
It's all about making the most out of the best your outdoors have to offer. Focus on the view, the landscaping, and the areas you love to enjoy. Lay the groundwork with DIY hardscape and landscape. Then bring in the furniture, lighting, and decor. With a little gusto and creativity, you can transform your outdoor spaces, too. Here are some of our best "budget-minded" strategies we've showcased on HGTV's Desert Flippers to transform the outdoors.