Planning For a Backyard Rennovation

Planning For a Backyard Rennovation

Originally posted on 09/18/19. Updated on 2/15/2024.

Imagine a sunny afternoon at home: You head out to your backyard garden to see how your tomatoes are growing. Then you head up to the covered patio to enjoy an iced tea, taking in the scenery, and enjoying your outdoor oasis. 

When your backyard is functional, beautiful, and ideal for your family, you get to embrace outdoor living and make beautiful memories together. At Paddy O’ Furniture, we make it easy to put the finishing touches on a backyard renovation with our wide selection of high-quality furniture and accessories. 

When you’re ready to shop, stop in and see us or browse online for inspiration and ideas. Get ready to embrace life outdoors.

Patriot Collection Featuring a White Sofa and Slate PoufYour Vision 

Whether literally or figuratively, your backyard is a blank slate. Think about three years from now: How do you envision you and your family using your outdoor space? Are there kids playing games in a large grass area? Is there a walkway leading to a covered dining area complete with an outdoor kitchen? 

Don’t skip the dreaming phase, or you’ll have a hard time communicating what you want. We can help you, too! Just measure your spaces, take some photos, and bring them in!

Blank Outdoor Backyard SpaceBlank Outdoor Backyard SpaceNext Steps: What’s Possible 

Now that you have an idea of what you’re looking for in your backyard renovation, it’s time to figure out what’s feasible. Things like plumbing, foundation, and the size of your yard may be roadblocks to achieving your vision. This is when you may have to start evaluating which ideas are too grand and may not be possible. 

Additionally, what’s possible might not equate to what’s affordable. At this point, start pulling together your budget for this project. Putting numbers down on paper will help you determine if some wish-list items can wait a few years. Budgeting will also help you determine your non-negotiables, those must-have items you don’t want to forego for cost or other reasons.

Diana and Jill Planning For the Backyard RenovationThink Ahead

If you’re planning your renovation in phases – doing some projects this year and then hoping to do more in a few years – think ahead about anything you may want to do now that will benefit your renovation work years from now. For example, if you want to eventually install an outdoor kitchen, but don’t have it in the budget to do it now, consider getting the plumbing and utility lines installed now. If your backyard will be dug up, it’s a good idea to think ahead and complete any projects that might require digging up the yard again in the future.

Planning and Budgeting For a RenovationEstablish Relationships with Professionals

One of the first decisions you should make is whether you’ll hire a general contractor. If it’s your first major home project, it might not be a bad idea. A contractor acts as the point person for all the little projects that come together to create this big project. They’ll schedule installations and work with their network to bring your vision to life. If you have experience with home renovations, you can act as your own contractor and outsource each project yourself.

Picture of a Contractor WorkingFollow Rules and Regulations

Depending on where you live and the type of renovation you’re doing, you may need to obtain a permit. Installing a fence, changing the roofline, parking a dumpster on the street, plumbing and landscaping are all things that will most likely require a permit. You can reach out to your local permit office anonymously to get more information. It’s also important to know the rules of your specific community. If you have an HOA, they may require you to submit plans for approval.
Following Rules and Regulations For RennovationPlan and Design the Layout

After you’ve received your permits, and likely made some down payments, this is the step when it starts to get real. You’ll work with your contractor and other professionals to plan and design the layout of your backyard. While it’s not required that you sketch out your plan, this is something that you should require of your contractor. You want to be able to visually see the end result so you can make changes, if necessary, and ask questions.

Planning Out the Design and Layout of Your SpaceSchedule Demo and Installations

Once the design is approved and ready for action, you can start scheduling any demolition and installations that need to happen. Work with your contractor to ensure you’re scheduling each sub-project in the correct order. For example, some projects may be better if the demolition is done after the new installation is complete. This step requires a lot of coordination, which is why it’s helpful to have a contractor who can act as the project manager.  

Permits For Your Renovation

Shop for Furniture and Accessories

As your backyard renovation is taking place, shopping for furniture and accessories is a great way to take a break from the logistics and build some excitement for the finished project.

Diana Shopping for Outdoor Furniture and Accessories With the Help of Paddy O'.You’re spending time and money on the backyard of your dreams so it’s important to shop somewhere like Paddy O’ Furniture, which offers a wide selection of furniture made from high-quality materials that are built for long-lasting value. Head into the store with an idea of what you’re looking for, and utilize the design experts who are there to assist you. The nice thing about shopping for a complete renovation is that you already have a plan for the function of your yard. Each individual space has already been defined. This makes it easy to know what to shop for, whether it’s dining tables, individual seating or group seating, poolside chaise lounges and umbrellas, fire pit tables, and more.

It All Comes Together

The only thing left to do is to watch your vision come to life and adjust for any changes that may come up (chances are they will). Whether it takes weeks or months, the anticipation of your new outdoor space is an exciting feeling. If you’ve been in the weeds dealing with details and logistics, knowing the duration for the project will help you get through. When your renovation is complete, you can kick up your feet on your new sofa and enjoy the view.

Rancho Sectional With LoveseatBliss Dining Table with Asheville ChairsShop online at Paddy O' Furniture or visit us in-store in Arizona and Tennessee.

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