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5 smart DIY outdoor solutions

When it comes to creating a perfect home, most people focus on getting the interiors just right while unfortunately neglecting whatever outside space they may have at their disposal. Which is a shame, since even the smallest gardens can immeasurable improve quality of life if put to use in a smart and efficient manner. With that in mind, here are five relatively accessible DIY solutions that you can implement to boost your outdoor space today:

1. The perfect patio

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By installing a patio in your yard, you'll be able to enjoy everything from sunlit breakfasts, to cozy evenings in the company of the great outdoors. Patios are generally paved with concrete or stone slabs, and require a decent amount of space in order to not feel cramped. If your yard fits the criteria, feel free to place some flowerpots, lighting and other decorative elements nearby for added atmosphere.

2. Storage made easy

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If you've already got a garage, there are a number of creative ways to organise its storage capabilities, including custom made cabinets and tool tower racks. If not, consider purchasing a steel storage shed that is tough and durable enough to satisfy your needs.

3. Building your own backyard pond

backyard DIY pondHaving a garden in your backyard can bring you closer to nature, but no garden setting is truly complete without some kind of watering system in place. In most cases, your best option is to dig a small pond that you can then decorate with rocks and flowers. Undertaking this kind of project isn't always easy, but it can be immensely rewarding and requires little maintenance once things are set in motion.

4. Shelter from the storm

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If you enjoy spending time outdoors, weather shouldn't be a prohibiting factor. To that end, by simply placing four poles and draping a drop-cloth above them you can easily form a makeshift canopy, This will protect you and your guests from the elements. Installation is simple and straightforward, and the whole project costs significantly less than a custom shade or umbrella. Just make sure you invest in a drop0cloth made out of water-resistant material and some quality bamboo poles to keep it in the air.

5. Chasing the bugs away

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Everyone knows that bugs can be a real nuisance, especially in the summertime - when the weather is accommodating to all sorts of critters. Luckily, there are certain measures you can take to keep your yard from being overrun with insects, including making your own citronella candles or transforming your wine bottle into a mosquito-repelling tiki torch.

These simple DIY projects can whip your backyard into shape in no time!