A beautiful backyard can be the heart of a home, while a drabby one can be an eyesore - and possibly lower home value. A backyard should be a place of solitude or an area for gatherings and family fun. 

If your backyard is not a refuge, then it may be time for a backyard makeover. 

Perhaps you think that a backyard makeover is expensive. Not necessarily. You can create an oasis, a backyard that you'll never want to leave - without spending a fortune.

Look below for some dos and don'ts of backyard makeovers on a budget.

  • Do update the patio.

A great patio (or deck) is one of the best ways to add home value, but you don't need to invest in a new one. Instead, update an existing patio. This could mean expanding the patio or refreshing it with fresh paint. Or, consider jazzing up the patio area with a stylish outdoor rug. Furthermore, spruce up the seating area by adding new chairs or adorning old ones with plush cushions and throw pillows. 

  • Do add greenery.

Adding plants can be a great way to add luxury to a backyard. Plants add life and color and are versatile in so many ways. 

For example, a great garden can be a yard focal point, and the right placement of plants can add privacy. Furthermore, plants can create a beautiful living wall or covering. 

Add flowers here and there as well, especially those that complement the backyard or your home's color palette. Also, remember to purchase perennials as they help save money in the long run.

  • Do utilize rocks.

Strategically placed rocks (or faux rocks) and positioning boulders can uplevel the look of any garden. Furthermore, consider creating a garden path with stepping stones, as stone pathways lend a more upscale feel to a backyard.

  • Don't forget a budget.

You may be excited by all the makeover ideas above and are ready to head to the home improvement store. But wait. The cost of home makeovers, even backyard ones, can add up quickly. 

Making a budget that you keep will stop overspending. So, set your budget in advance. You may be surprised that you don't have to spend big to have a successful backyard makeover project.

  • Don't overlook lighting.

Lighting often gets overlooked, yet proper lighting is essential to backyard aesthetics. Lighting accentuates the positives of a backyard (like the landscaping) and can provide a cozy feel and ambiance. 

Also, lighting comes in all types. You can drape string lights, or you could line your patio or garden pathway with lanterns, etc.

A stunning backyard does not have to shock your wallet to awe you and your guests. Having one can be as simple as including a few upgrades and implementing design techniques. 

When looking to makeover your backyard, try out some of the money-saving dos and don'ts above. A backyard makeover on a budget can be simple and inexpensive, yet still, turn a basic backyard into an outdoor haven.