Making your backyard an awesome place to spend time is an awesome way to extend the living space of your home, entertain guests, and is a great selling point if you decided to move. We’ve put together a list of our favorite crazy outdoor upgrades, from outdoor movie theaters to outdoor pizza ovens for patios. Let’s run through some of our backyard highlights:
- An Above Ground Fire Pit
You can make every night a bonfire night with a well-built fire pit. Build a square box out of the patio bricks of your choice. Building experts recommend building your fire pit just slightly shorter than your patio seats, approximately 12 to 14 inches tall. If you want a fire pit that also serves as a bench, go with a height of about 18 to 20 inches tall. When you’re done, all you need to enjoy your outdoor space is kindling wood, fixings for s’mores, and good company.
- Outdoor Pizza Ovens for Patios
Pizza is America’s favorite dish. We eat 251 million pounds of pizza every single year. According to a recent Gallup poll, pizza was the top ranked meal for both lunch and dinner among participants under the age of 11, and in the top ranking answers for every other demographic. With these statistics in mind, what better way is there to pimp your patio, than with outdoor pizza ovens for patios? Imagine the family enjoying the fresh air of nature while a homemade pizza cooks in an awesome Italian wood fired pizza oven. Outside pizza oven kits are fairly inexpensive, simple to install, and will be a gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
- A Movie Theater Under the Stars
This is one of the simplest outdoor ideas on our list, yet it might be the most awesome. Have a classic movie night or show the latest action flick for your friend and family to leisurely watch while enjoying each other’s company. All you need to create an awesome portable theater for the movie night of your dreams is an inexpensive projector. If you have a blank wall on the back of your home, you can cast the movie right onto the wall. If not, you can invest in a portable projector screen, or accomplish the same goal with a white bed sheet suspended from a tree or tall fixture. Gather some blankets, pillows and popcorn, and you’re ready!
- Make the Great Outdoors Your Game Room
Board games are making a huge comeback across the country right now. If you love game nights, why not make enormous versions that your guests can enjoy in the unlimited space of the outdoors? For example, to make a giant version of the game Jenga, buy four inexpensive 2X4s from your hardware store, and cut them into eight inch pieces (many hardware stores are happy to do simple cuts like this for you). Your Jenga game will be 27 inches high when you start, and will grow taller as the game goes on. If you have more complex taste in board games, you could make a life-size Scrabble set, a human Chess board, or the greatest Foosball table in the universe.