14 Cool Ways to Create a Functional Outdoor Area
14 Cool Ways to Create a Functional Outdoor Area

It’s no good boasting a garden if it’s not going to be used. Then you may as well live in an apartment. Your outdoor area has to work for you, so that you can make the most of it.

Some people use their gardens as a place of tranquillity and beauty, while others would love a space that keeps the kids busy, and yet others would like a place they can do stuff in, or to help the environment.

These 14 ideas are not for every personality type, but will come in handy when you’re looking to make your yard a functional place, whether it’s for better entertaining, relaxation time or simply to enhance your life. Or to help the world:


Extend the indoors

This patio has become an extension of the indoors dining area.
This patio has become an extension of the indoors dining area.

If you’re battling for more indoor space, or would simply like to extend the indoors, a patio installed right off a room, with or without enclosure, may be what you need. With all the different types of patio designs, a patio creates a natural flow from one area to another, which makes it perfect to integrate the indoors and outdoors. A patio can become an extension of the kitchen, lounge, dining room or bedroom. Or use it for a jacuzzi, or simply a place to soak up some sun and light.


Build a smokehouse

Build a smokehouse
Build a smokehouse

Fancy yourself a sausage or ham smoker chef? Why not build your own smokehouse? It does not need to cost a lot either. Making your own is less expensive than buying one, and it may also hold more meat. A smokehouse takes a very small amount of space. If you’re a meat lover, you’re going to want this!


Plant a veggie garden

Plant a veggie garden
Plant a veggie garden

Since eating is what keeps you and your family alive, you can’t make a more functional outdoor area than growing your own food.

No matter the size of your outdoor space, you can plant veggies and herbs, either in containers or in the soil. They can be planted vertically in small spaces, hanging on balconies, or neatly arranged in the soil.


Collect water

Collect water
Collect water

Depending on your budget and space, and how far you’d like to take it, you can either collect water to use in the garden by routing rainwater from gutters into a barrel, or it can be collected and stored in water tanks, for use around the house. This water can be used for cooking, cleaning, dishes, washing and so on.


Make a treehouse

Make a treehouse
Make a treehouse

As long as the kids are kept busy and happy, the parents can also be content and joyful, right? Giving them a treehouse will keep them busy for hours, in the best possible way. Include an entire play area with swings and a jungle gym, and you are likely to stay joyful for longer! You can buy swing sets at your nearest home improvement stores or better, explore some cost-effective options here while sitting at your home.


Double-up furniture

This outdoors counter also serves as a storage unit.
This outdoors counter also serves as a storage unit.

Space is often a problem in outdoor living areas, so it’s wise to use furniture and accessories that have the ability to fulfill multiple roles.For example, benches could have storage space underneath; tables may double-up as containers.


Create an outdoor gym

Create a outdoor gym
Create an outdoor gym

Let out the child in you with an outdoor gym, right in your backyard. What could be more fun than working out outside? The photo below shows athletes Gavin Peacock and Sean Chilton in an outdoor gym area which includes SPY Optics, Rogue equipment, kettlebells, TRX, Pendlay, battle ropes, Olympic rings, Olympic platform and plates, Fight monkey MMA & Boxing gear, and DJI Phantom.


Add lighting

Add lighting yard
Add lighting yard

Use your outdoor area day and night, by adding good lighting in all the right spots. Not only does lighting help keep you safe so you can see where you’re walking, but it also allows for reading outside in the evening.


Grow some privacy

How To Choose The Right Paint Color For Your Home’s Boundary Fence
How To Choose The Right Paint Color For Your Home’s Boundary Fence

You don’t need to build a wall to add some privacy to an area; instead, you can grow a fence in the form of plants – either in strategically placed containers of a variety of shapes and sizes or with neatened bushes. Alternatively, use a shade sail or divider to easily create a private area.


Install a shade sail

Install a shade sail
Install a shade sail

Some gardens are all sun. Which is all very good and well, except if you plan to take a seat outside. Then you’re in for a cooking. If you want to make a very sunny area a place where you can sit without the discomfort of being too hot or getting burned, you will need to make a way to have shade. A shade sail is affordable and provides shade in a very classy way.


Start a bee hive

Start a bee hive
Start a bee hive

Do the world a favor, as well as your body, by building a beehouse and collecting the honey from it.

To do it yourself, all you need is:

  • A waterproof container like a plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Warm fabric from an old jersey
  • 15cm hollow tubes to fill the container – try paper straws or bamboo canes
  • Air-drying clay or stiff mud (it must not be too wet)
  • String or wire

To make it, follow these instructions.


Include a work space

Include a work space
Include a work space

It may be an eyesore, but adding a tucked-away outdoors work space is a great functional idea. Use the work space for an outdoors carving/drilling/cutting place, and hide it behind a makeshift fence, made from anything that looks attractive, but blocks the sight.


Add a moveable “room”

Install a wendy house to instantly add on an additional room outdoors that can be used as a shed, kids play area, storage facility, or a comfortable private space.


Garage and gazebox

Garage and gazebox
Garage and gazebox

You don’t need to get permission for this garage that can also be used as a gazebox when it’s not holing a vehicle – the Gazebox is made from transparent materials and can easily be uplifted to be placed somewhere else.

It only needs a small amount of space, and completely covers the car, giving it protection from the elements, as well as thieving hands:

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here