If you’re a sports fan or you have kids who love their sports (or both), why not transform your backyard into a sporting space?
Whether you love the idea of playing badminton with the family, want to have a couple of putts to relax after work, or want to surprise your football-mad kid with a set of goal posts, there’s a way to do it.
Here are 5 ways to make your backyard sports-friendly in 2021.
The first step is to analyse the amount of space that’s available to create your sports area. You may find that your backyard space needs to cater to a variety of needs, such as an entertainment area, playground area for your children, or a place for the garden shed.
You’ll also need to take into consideration how you’d be able to transform the space over the years to meet your family’s changing needs. The overall functionality, visual appeal, and safety are also important factors to keep in mind.
Whatever additions you make to your backyard should be affordable while increasing the value of the property.
You may want to consider portable sports equipment and surfaces. This will allow you to free up space when you need it and switch between sports— from badminton to football. Portable games and surfaces are also easier to store and are often less expensive than permanent structures.
However, permanent structures are usually more attractive, especially if they blend into the natural landscape. For example, avid golfers may want to install a putting green that slopes naturally with the backyard. This will make for challenging shots that can enhance your game on the golf course, while looking good at the same time.
Permanent structures and surfaces tend to be safer, but they require up-keep and can be more expensive.
Depending on the sport that you intend to play in your backyard, you may need to consider changing the surface being played on.
If you’re worried about bumps, abrasions, and falls, then opting for synthetic grass may provide more padding and protection. Artificial turf won’t show wear and tear from the sporting activities and it’s easier to maintain.
You can lay artificial turf in a section of your backyard so that it blends into the natural landscape. You won’t have to worry about tracking dirt into the house after your activity, it looks attractive, and it won’t go yellow or dry during the winter.
Have a garden shed erected in the backyard where you can safely and securely store your equipment. This will help extend the life of the equipment, as it won’t be exposed to the elements.
You may find that you even move some sports equipment, like bicycles, table tennis tables, golf clubs, or tennis racquets, from inside the house to the garden shed. This can help free up space inside the house should you need it for entertaining guests.
Garden pods are versatile, attractive, cost-effective, and hassle-free. They provide additional space away from your home that you can use for a home gym, yoga studio, or indoor sports room.
You won’t have to worry about bad weather disrupting your activity, and they’re insulated so you can use them throughout winter.
The best thing about making your backyard sports-friendly is that you don’t even have to leave home to do something you love and get some good exercise. No need to dress in your best golf shirt for just a few putts, or share the basketball court with anyone else. It’s your sporting kingdom and yours alone! (and of course, the kids’).