summer project plans

Great Summertime Getaways in Your Own Back Yard: Discover New Destinations to Unwind — Without Hitting the Road 

Now that summer is upon us, our natural inclination is to “hit the road” and make our getaways into the Great Outdoors. With higher-than-ever gas prices, however, many of our road trip plans have been detoured toward spending time nearer our homes. As frustrating as that might be, all is not lost. You may find the perfect opportunity to create a private “getaway” in your own back yard by building a project plan. Depending on your needs and the size of your back yard, options for what to build are almost endless. Here are some of our most popular project plan ideas to consider:

Backyard Bar-B-Q’s Taste Better on a Brand New Deck 90014

Whether you build a deck that’s large or small, simple or extravagant,  you’ll be adding living space to your home that’s both comfortable and enjoyable for your friends and family. Decks have become the most widely utilized “outdoor rooms,” and you’ll be amazed at how often you’ll take advantage of this additional space for entertaining or just relaxing at the end of the day. In recent years, new technologies have greatly improved building materials, allowing anyone to build a truly maintenance-free deck.

90028Garden Sheds for Green Thumbs and More

Green thumbs…some of us have them, some of us don’t. Whether or not you’re a garden or landscaping aficionado, you’ll never regret having dedicated storage space for the lawnmower, wheelbarrow, shovels and hoses- the list goes on and on. Backyard shed plans are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes that will free up valuable space in the garage and will help to keep some of the more messy aspects of yard work away from the home. Not into yard work? Consider using a backyard shed plan as a craft studio, workshop, or even office space.

A Touch of Romance for the Backyard. 90043

You may never have thought of your backyard as being “romantic,” but who could resist the allure of a charming arbor swing or quaint gazebo under the stars? Along with a bit of creative landscaping – and maybe some night lighting or a bubbling fountain – you can create a setting that will feel far, far away from the backyard you used to know. Gazebos, by the way, don’t have to take up a lot of space. They range in size from 8′ to 12′ in width, comfortably accommodating a couple of chairs or a casual outdoor dining set.

90025School’s Out… It’s Time to Play!

Get the kids out of the house, away from their game consoles, and into an exciting world of imagination and creativity with a playhouse or play fort. If you want to build lasting childhood memories for your children or grand kids, these are the backyard projects that will never be forgotten – and they’re just as fun for adults to build and decorate as they are for kids to play in. View the entire collection of Garlinghouse project plans at www.familyhomeplans.com.