So, you have big plans to renovate your small backyard? You’ve come to the right place! It’s important to remember that just because you have a smaller space to work with, doesn’t mean that your renovation ideas are limited. Small backyards provide an opportunity to get creative with the space your given. Here are some tips on renovating a small backyard.

Have a plan

As always, with any renovation it’s essential to have a thought out plan. Have in mind what exactly you want to do with your space. If you plan on entertaining your guests outside, allow space in your yard for optimal seating and comfort for them.If you plan to grow your own fruits and vegetables, plan for a garden. Or If you want to cook outside, set some space aside for cooking equipment such as a barbeque, brick oven etc. Just make sure that your plans reflect the sort of lifestyle you have.


We understand that a lot of people want to have their own garden in their backyard, but it’s important to remember that if you don’t have a lot of room in your backyard, you have to get creative with the space you’re given. For example, building a raised side garden is a great way of creating space for gardening , while keeping an open feeling in the backyard. This creates the illusion of having more space than you have. Using your fences to create a vertical garden is also a great way of optimising space. 

Take advantage of cosy

It’s important to be realistic when planning renovations. Small backyards may not be the prime spot for a giant pool or expansive gardens, but if you’re short on space, capitalize on the cosy nature of it. Plan the design of your backyard to be warm and welcoming, not claustrophobic. Scaling down on these kinds of things is essential for smaller yards. 

Some well placed comfortable seating coupled with a firepit (either inbuilt or moveable) will increase the tranquillity of your space. 

A sense of seclusion goes a long way in making small backyards feel cosy, so building a trellis screen around your main backyard area will maximise ambience and seclusion.


For those unfamiliar, a pergola is a garden feature in which a seating area or walkway is shaded by a framework covered in various hanging plants. This is a common feature in backyards, particularly those with limited space. Decorating your pergola with nice smelling plants such as jasmine or wisteria will bring a sense of calm and tranquillity to your backyard. The best part about a Pergola is that it frees up space in your backyard if you want to do a lot of gardening, as there will be a garden hanging from the ceiling!