Last year we shared how we approach budgets when renovating (here) and shared a hypothetical 3 phase bedroom makeover under $2000. The gist? If you have $500, that doesn’t mean you have to buy the cheapest of everything to get the room done. That means, choose a few budget-conscious pieces to start your space and add onto it as you can! Since outdoor living season is upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to share the same idea for creating an outdoor space!
We’ve created a lot of different outdoor spaces over the years.
Two years ago, we transformed our friends’ backyard in a weekend on a budget!:
(See the full budget breakdown and process here)
But our backyard from our last home took many years to put together, every year adding a little bit more:
See all of the sources in this post!
There was also this version…
You can see the full post and sources here!
This is only our second summer in our current home (we moved in last June), so I’m excited to see how our outdoor spaces continue to evolve. Last summer, our back patio looked like this:
(See all the sources here) But since the entire back of our house has changed, I know it’s going to look very different this year.
One thing is for certain–an outdoor space can and should evolve over time. Today we wanted to share how to get one started at your home, on a budget. I love the idea of starting with a base and then continually adding onto it. For this outdoor space, we started with a $1000 budget and added onto it in two different phases with the final look STILL being under $2000. We also listed the price of each piece under each phase, so if your budget is $500 or less, you can still start somewhere!
Here’s Phase 1!:
In this first phase, we started with basics! Sofa, coffee table, chairs and string lights. These pieces will immediately extend your living outdoors for the sunny months. I decided to add the string lights in the first phase because they are the lowest budget way to make an outdoor space feel magical.
For $442 more, you can get this!:
Every patio could benefit from a fire feature, and in phase 2 we make sure you get that! A propane fire column, a substantial outdoor rug to ground the whole space will transform everything and outdoor pillows add a real outdoor living feel that will make you want to invite all your friends over.
Now it’s time to finish off your space!:
Plants make a space come alive so we included a couple pots in this last stage, but also thought about other finishers–like that outdated outdoor wall light that’s probably nearby–so swap it out for the wall lantern linked above! And what’s an outdoor space without a grill?! This infrared gas one is one that Chris recommends over and over. It cooks so evenly and you’ll be so excited to eat outdoors all season long. And while you’re at it, the tiered stand is great for entertaining, too!
For under $2000, you can get the entire look, but you can start wherever your budget permits! Hope this helps you start imagining what your outdoor space can be this year and give you the motivation to start somewhere! I know I’m ready for some pillows and a rug this year!
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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