You can enhance the look of your backyard pretty easily, and at a fairly low cost, by installing a multi-use court, building a pond, or putting in a pool.
A court built for several different sports is a great way to use a big backyard area. A clay court can act as a tennis court, basketball court, roller hockey rink--all sorts of things. Having one installed is relatively easy since the vast majority of the work just involves having the clay installed. It doesn't take much time, and the prices are surprisingly affordable. These are popular with families with young children because they are so versatile.
Building Your Own Pond
A pond gives your backyard a water feature which doesn't have to be maintained very much, but will still look good most of the year. If you are planning on building a smaller pond, you may be able to dig the hole yourself. Most of the time, though, you will want to get professionals to do it.
The pond will usually include a waterfall or some other type of landscaping that enhances the overall ambiance. The main drawback of a pond is that you can really only look at it, and while it may look nice, it won't do anything to help you beat the heat.
Installing a Pool
If you are going to install a pool, there are a few different directions you can go. One of the most popular pool designs is an in-ground fiberglass model. These fiberglass pools come in many shapes and sizes so you're sure to find something to match the look and feel you're going for. The nice thing about fiberglass pools is that they are fairly easy and efficient to install.
The pool can also act as the centerpiece of a complete backyard makeover, especially if you want to include features such as a spa, waterfall, or garden. These could all mesh well with a pool, and make it an attractive area for guests, kids, or even just yourselves.
No matter how you decide to enhance your backyard, the important thing is to have it done the right way the first time. This will lower your construction costs, and keep maintenance to a minimum.