Often times people, especially new home owners, become so focused on the space inside their house that the natural space they have outside ends up receiving less attention. However, with a little ingenuity and some elbow grease, you can turn your backyard into a place of rest and relaxation; somewhere you and your family can pass time, regardless of the season. Below are 5 of the best backyard renovation ideas for 2016:

Backyard Renovation Ideas

A family fire pit

A fire pit not only looks charming, it quickly becomes a very popular attraction. The calm, secure feeling you get from sitting around a fire is something innately human. The respect and appreciation people have for gathering around a warm fire is part of our DNA, and with a little bit of masonry knowledge, a shovel and some chairs, you can build one of these in your backyard in no time at all.

An edible garden

Eating food you’ve grown yourself not only feels better, it just tastes better. Most people, in the age of supermarkets and industrial farming, have no idea what it feels like to grow and harvest your own food. If you have the space to dedicate to growing your own peas, lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, or chives, why not thrown a handful of seeds down before the summer and eat fresh salads to your heart’s content?

Some plants, like lettuce, will come back year after year if you turn the soil over in the spring. Knowing where your food comes from feels great and avoiding added preservatives will keep you healthy.

Have a storage/workshop shed built

A small shed in the backyard is a great place to store things that don’t need to or shouldn’t be left out in the elements all year long.

A small shed with a padlocked door is a great place to not only keep valuables like bikes, tools and small machinery, but can be the perfect place to plan and work on projects around the yard and house, or if you just need a break from inside.

Create a nap destination

Those of us who camp know that sleeping outside under the sky is one of the most serene sleeps you will ever have. Creating a nap destination in your backyard is as easy as selecting a secluded spot and throwing up a hammock (either hung between trees, if you have them, or set up between two hammock poles).

Lay down artificial grass

Artificial grass is easy to install and requires no watering. In an era where we are inundated with stories about drought, freshwater controls and shortages, installing your backyard with areas of artificial grass will not only save you money on your hydro bill, it is good for the environment and ensures that society’s shared stock of fresh water is left for more important things like drinking, bathing and putting out fires.

Make 2016 the year you give your backyard a makeover! Whether you have a lot of space to work with, or a smaller area, there are plenty of simple, worthwhile and aesthetically pleasing projects you and your family can undertake to make your outdoor space shine as much as your indoor space does.