Do you love spending time in your backyard with friends and family? Wouldn’t it be nice to add something new to the look and feel of your backyard to impress your friends and keep your family entertained?

When it comes to the backyard, it’s all about atmosphere and comfort. Here are 3 Do-It-Yourself projects that can help turn your backyard into the coolest spot in the neighborhood for hanging out:

1. Outdoor Fire Pit

There’s nothing like gathering around an open fire on a chilly night to roast marshmallows or just visit with friends. Whether you’re looking to recreate the feel of a campfire or you want something more decorative, there are several DIY outdoor fire pit options available. Fire pits range from the very basic wood burning steel bowls to more elaborate projects that include built in seating and a gas line for a cleaner fire. Basic kits and instructions can be found at your local home-improvement store or you might consult a landscape designer/installer for bigger projects.

2. Update Your Patio

Most homes are built with at least a very small and simple back patio. But to truly enjoy your backyard and build a more inviting atmosphere, consider expanding or upgrading your patio. This could include installing new flooring such as cobblestone or tile. You might also want to partially enclose your patio for privacy and to add ambience to your backyard. Adding comfortable patio furniture and maybe even a built in bar for entertaining at parties are some nice finishing touches to make your patio really stand out and become the perfect place to kick back and relax.

3. Splash Pad

Most people aren’t aware that they can build their own splash pad in their own backyard. No more fighting the crowds at public splash pads – with a DIY splash pad kit from Rain Deck and a little bit of work, you’ll soon have the coolest backyard in the neighborhood. Kids love playing on a splash pad because it keeps them nice and cool, especially during those hot summer months. Parents love it because they don’t have to worry about their little ones like they would at a pool. Splash pads continue to become more and more popular, especially in residential settings.

Learn more about installing your own splash pad by visiting Be sure to watch our installation video to get an idea of just how simple it can be to build your own. Questions? Give us a call at 888-445-7246.