Our best ideas for getting more out of your side yard

Ah, the side yard — the skinny, pass-through space along the side of your house where you store your trash cans and not much else. Where others see unusable space we see unlimited potential. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for how to make it work overtime for you and your family.

1. If you have enough sunlight, install some raised beds

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Photo: Pinterest

For lots of small properties it turns out the side yard is the perfect place to grow your herbs and veggies without sacrificing coveted space elsewhere. Of course, sunlight is the key.

2. Create a new space for outdoor dining

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Photo: HeardHome

In one recent Yardzen outdoor design, the kitchen had a door that opened into the side yard. So the designer proposed putting the homeowners' much-desired outdoor dining table there. And guess what? It's her family's new favorite place to enjoy a meal.

3. ... Or for entertaining

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Photo: Pinterest

Stop using your side yard as a passthrough and create an irresistible space to stop and relax. A bench with a shallow-depth seat might be your best bet to accommodate guests if your side yard is narrow.

4. ... Or create a space that's just for you

 Photo: Domino

Photo: Domino

The elements required to create a zen-like side yard sanctuary are few. Some simple seating and lighting can be all you need.

5. Simply hide the cans and beautify

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Photo: Pinterest

One of the main reasons people bemoan their side yards is they're simply an eye sore. Consider a structure that moves your trash cans out of sight and invest some time and effort in beautifying the space. You'll naturally get more use and joy out of the space.

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