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Backyard Magic for Small Spaces

The time spent in our homes over the past few months is at a historical high. So it’s no wonder we may be looking longingly at our backyard spaces like never before as room to grow, room to get away, or just as an extra space for privacy and relaxation. However and unfortunately at the moment, outside temperatures are in a word… scorching. Take heart, the Atlanta summer temperatures will decrease making now the perfect time to evaluate your backyard, and make plans for the possibilities of extending your living space.

Small Space Solutions

In town, Atlanta homes can have small backyard spaces to work with, especially if you own one of Atlanta’s Cottages, but even the smallest spaces can deliver amazing results and create backyard magic! Let’s get started with these ideas.

Positioning is Everything

With the need to utilize every square inch of space available, positioning seating against a fence or a wall will create the feeling of more space. In other words, whatever that physical boundary is, place table or seating against it facing outwards and it will
automatically feel like a bigger space. Go vertical with tall planters that are skinny with big pops of color. Add an outdoor rug to anchor the space and warm up the whole feel.

Create Cozy

Consider a canopy or gazebo to increase privacy, shade and a cozy feel. A cover can also go a long way in creating a “room feel” which is wonderful not only for entertaining but working from home too.

Landscaping as Walls

No fence or barrier to separate your backyard from your neighbors. Install tall containers with plants that grow 2-3 feet, You can literally create a living wall offering privacy and a beautiful view.

backyard fountainAdd Water

A water feature like a small fountain can create soothing sounds and tranquility. There are tons of options that range from small table top models to some that are housed in a large planter.


Fire features are super fun and dramatic if you plan on using your space in the evening. There are multiple gas models that light with a literal push of a button, making it simple and less messy that a traditional wood burning fire feature. Looking for more inspiration for small spaces?

Check out these 75 fantastic small backyard spaces on Houzz.

Pinterest is loaded with small backyard spaces for inspiration as well.

For shopping try Wayfair for colorful affordable rugs, containers, furniture and cushions. Remember to pay close attention to
dimensions and read customer reviews of each product.

Remember, with a little planning, soon you will have the backyard you’ve been dreaming of. As always, please let Lee know if you are planning to buy or sell your home, or he would be more than happy to check our your new backyard space and talk through the possibilities.

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