Update! Our makeover was featured on Better Homes & Gardens! See the article here (#5).
Summer is finally here and we’re excited about it! Since the weather’s been so nice, we’ve been working on upgrading our backyard. Last year, we brought it to life by adding a deck and patio, planting grass and a garden, and building some low-cost furniture for eating and lounging. Pallets were our best friend, and worked perfectly for us and the occasional backyard BBQ.
Since then, we decided to put our house up on short-term vacation rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway/VRBO to make some extra cash, and have had an amazing response. After several months of hosting guests from all over the country (and world!), we realized we had something going and decided it was worth it to invest a little more into making the backyard more guest-friendly. For this round of improvements, we:
- stained the fence,
- built benches onto the deck for extra seating,
- bought some new throw pillows and a rug from Target, and
- bought a new outdoor dining table from Ikea.
We still hope to buy a colorful umbrella for the dining table and stain the deck so everything matches. And grow more grass to fill in the patches! We’re glad our guests love it as much as we do.