Beautiful and Playful Backyards

Summer is around the corner…and if you have a case of cabin fever as bad as mine, then you just can’t wait for the sunny days to come.  There’s just something special about being able to walk out into the sunshine without a care in the world and enjoy your very own slice of nature in the form of a backyard.

I know that not everyone who reads Remodelaholic has an enormous backyard…and some of you might not have any yard at all.  But even if all you have to enjoy nature outside your doorstep is a small balcony, there are ways you can make that space fun for young and old alike.  I’ve collected a bunch of ideas here for making your backyard FUN.  And guess what?  Most of them don’t include a pool installation!  I’m a firm believer that yards can be enjoyed DIY style, so many of these ideas could be completed without hiring a professional…or modified to fit in small spaces.  I’ve started this list with things that make backyards fun for kids, but if kids don’t visit your yard, feel free to scroll further down the list for ideas that are geared a little more towards adults.

Backyards For FamiliesCreate the best Backyards for Families!

Use stone pavers, pvc pipe, and wood scraps to create an awesome outdoor race track for cars, plus a sandbox for trucks!
Matchbox car village | Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine

Desire Empire boat sandbox

Sandboat | Desire Empire

Better Together backyard beach

Backyard Beach | Better Together

Garden Mama backyard play kitchen

Outdoor Play Kitchen | Garden Mama

Mama Liberated mudpie kitchen

Mudpie Kitchen | Mama Liberated

Joyful Home mudpie kitchen chalkboards

Mudpie Kitchen with Chalkboards | Joyful Home

Lowe's fence chalkboard

Chalkboard on the Fence | Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine

Redlough Landscapes mulit level play area

Multi-level Playscape | Redlough Landscapes

Apartment Therapy backyard movie

Tips for Backyard Movie Night | Apartment Therapy

Little Green Fingers sunken trampoline

How to Make a Sunken Trampoline | Little Green Fingers

Instructables diy kid wash

Kid Wash | Instructables

Apartment Therapy treehouse tutorial

Simple Treehouse Tutorial | Apartment Therapy

This Old House how to build a fort

How to Build a Play Fort | This Old House

Ziggity Zoom backyard splash pool

Backyard Splashpool | Ziggity Zoom

Kim Vallee natural swim pond

Natural Swim Pond | Kim Vallee

Traditional Home giant chess set

Giant Outdoor Chess/Checkers | Traditional Home

Houzz circular seating outdoors

Circular Outdoor Lounge Seating | Houzz

Remodelaholic perfect patio

Party Perfect Patio | Remodelaholic

One Kings Lane colorful patio

Colorful, Comfortable Patio | One Kings Lane

The Logan's Landing outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen | The Logan’s Landing at Remodelaholic

House Beautiful outdoor bar

Outdoor Snack Bar | House Beautiful

Infarrantly Creative removeable firepit top

Removeable Top for a Fire Pit | Infarrantly Creative

Not Just a Housewife old door privacy screen

Old Door Privacy Screen | Not Just a Housewife

Houzz outdoor shower

 Back Porch Shower | Houzz

 Need more outdoor inspiration to create a beautiful backyard for families?  Check out my Pinterest boards!

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  1. Thanks for the resource! As a home builder, I’m always looking for ways to spice up my clients yards with new ideas and new to dos.