9 Ways to Get the Backyard of Your Dreams on a Budget

9 Ways to Get the Backyard of Your Dreams on a Budget

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Nancy Mitchell
Jul 31, 2016
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You may have plenty of ideas for the backyard of your dreams, but those infinity pools and sunken fire pits and outdoor kitchens — well, they cost money. We've got some ideas for budget ways to get the features you crave, so you can enjoy your outdoor space without spending a ton of cash.

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If you dream of:
A backyard swimming pool, like this gorgeous example from Marie Claire Maison...

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Try:
A stock tank pool, like this one from Tractor Supply. It's perfect for quick dips or an afternoon soak, and much nicer looking than a traditional above-ground pool.

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Or try:
A pool like this one from Leaf Magazine, which is essentially an oversized cedar hot tub. For the very adventurous, there's a DIY here.

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Or try:
A splash pad, like the one Amanda and Marcos built in the backyard of their Floria home. A splash pad is tons of fun for kids, and much cheaper to build and maintain than a traditional pool.

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If you dream of:
An outdoor shower, like this one from Fella Villas...

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Try:
A freestanding shower that connects to your garden hose, like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond. There are also solar-powered options that harness the heat of the sun so you can have warm water.

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Or just:
A box filled with smooth stones for washing off your feet before you go into the house, as seen on Martha Stewart, via Martha Moments.

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If you dream of:
An outdoor kitchen, like this one from Houzz...

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Try:
An outdoor bar paired with a grill, like this setup from BHG. You'll have all the advantages of cooking outdoors — with a lot less cost.

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If you dream of:
A movie screen for watching movies al fresco, like this sweet setup from C Home...

(Image credit: The Shabby Creek Cottage)
(Image credit: The Shabby Creek Cottage)

Try:
This DIY PVC pipe movie screen from The Shabby Creek Cottage.

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Or try:
This DIY outdoor theater with a retractable pull-down screen, from The Horticult. You can find even more suggestions for a DIY outdoor movie setup, including options for slightly more expensive inflatable and fixed frame screens, at How-To Geek.

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If you dream of:
An outdoor bar, like this lovely design from the Pearson Design Group...

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Try:
This DIY Murphy bar from eHow, which besides being budget-friendly is also perfect for a small backyard.

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