Top DIY Backyard Improvements

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If you have ever made a renovation, or just added some improvements to one of the rooms in your house, then you know that it tends to be really expensive – especially if you need to hire people to do the job. It can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. 

However, what many people tend to forget is that you can actually make a lot of these improvements by yourself – you don’t have to be a professional. For example, you can build your own backyard pond in a day just by using materials that you can find in every store that deals with pond equipment, such as

There are so many things you can do by yourself that if we listed all of them, you would be reading it until tomorrow or more. So instead, we chose the top DIY ideas that we think you might like. 

Without further ado, let’s get to it. 

Fire Pit

Imagine that it’s one of the summer nights or a warm autumn night. You call your friends, one of you brings a guitar, you get marshmallows and you spend the whole evening and night around the fire pit having fun. A wonderful way to spend time, don’t you think so?

The best part is that you can make a fire pit by yourself, as it’s not complicated. Here is how you can do it in five easy steps: 

  • check the regulations in your area – before you start making your own fire pit you need to make sure that having one is allowed by the authorities
  • outline the fire pit – lay down the bottom ring of the stones you are going to use, and use a spray paint to mark the outline of your fire pit
  • dig your fire pit – to do that you can use, for example, a shovel or whatever digging tool you wish, you will need a circle that is more or less 6″ deep
  • fill your fire pit – once you have dug the hole, it’s time to fill it with gravel until it is on the same level as the ground
  • built your fire pit – lay down the first ring of the stones, and use a rubber mallet to tamp them even with each other. When doing the second ring, place some masonry adhesive on the bottom of every stone. The middle of a stone in the second ring should be set above the end seams of the first ring. Use rubber mallet again, and repeat the process with the last ring of stones

And that’s all! As you can see, making your own fire pit is not a difficult task, and having one will definitely make your evenings more enjoyable. 


There’s probably nothing more relaxing than the sounds of water, and thanks to a pond, you can have that in your backyard. While making it is not difficult, it needs to be a thought-through decision. Remember that once you build it, it won’t be that easy to move it somewhere else. 

If you decided that this is what you want, the next thing you need to think about is the placement – where will you put it? An ideal position is somewhere that is half shady and half sunny. Once you have the location, here is how you make your DIY backyard pond:

  • Outline the space where you want your pond to be. It can be as big as the backyard space allows you, however, remember that if you don’t have a fence, you need to check the local code as some governments have restrictions regarding how deep the pond on an unfenced area can be
  • Now, you have to dig – try to keep the sides as vertical as possible, as it will make it easier to hide the liner. Place some materials in the bottom to cushion the liner against things that can punch a hole in it, such as sticks and rocks. To do that, you can use, for example, newspapers. 
  • Place the liner in the pond. The length and width of it should be measured like this – multiple your pond’s depth by two and add two feet. Fill the liner halfway with water, and leave it for a few hours to settle the soil. Cut the liner so that it will hang only three or four inches over the lip of the pond. This is also the moment when you should add a fountain pump if you want one.
  • Use rocks to hide the access of the liner. Add plants and other accessories. 

As you can see, it’s not difficult, is it? Devote one weekend to it, and you’ll have your own backyard pond. 

Final Thoughts 

Doing things yourself is not only cheaper, but it also gives you satisfaction every time you look at what you did with your own hands. So next time you want to add some improvement to your house or your backyard, think about whether you can do it yourself. It will be worth it. 

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