Smart Camper’s Voice: Building Camp in Your Backyard
How to Build the Ultimate Home Camping Ground in Your Backyard
Article by guest writer Claire Kelly, Machines4U
Sometimes, all you need to relax is a change of scene and an ability to be able to switch off from your regular home or working life.
What better way to shift easily and quickly into a different gear than to step into your very own custom designed camping ground?
The landscaping equipment required to create your masterpiece will depend on a number of factors, including your skill set, what you really desire and need, and the quality of your land, as well as your general requirements for the area and your “campers.”
Create your vision
Options are endless when it comes to experiencing the outdoors and all it has to offer. You can base the project on one of your favorite places to visit or around how you want to feel in the space once it is finished. If you have children, you may want to consider how you would like to be able to share the area with them, as this will significantly change what you include in it. Once you have decided on the theme or the essential functionality you want to include in your space, the next step is to choose a suitable area to set up camp.
Selecting your zone
Identifying the best area to make your land suitable for pitching tents or sleeping is crucial. The best camping areas are relatively quiet, protected, situated on even ground, and free of rocks, debris, stones, roots and broken branches. It is essential to keep your chosen area protected and as safe as possible, so make sure you identify potential sources of danger and electricity hazards. Situate the main camping area in the most suitable spot closest to all amenities, including toilets and a water supply.
Clearing the land: basic machines needed
Hopefully, you already have a robust infrastructure set up next to your house, so you won’t need to add anything more to your camping ground. You will need to be careful if you are clearing the land (especially when it comes to electricity cables and water pipes), so ensure you have adequate knowledge of the area if you need to do this.
A couple of machines to assist clearing the area quickly and easily:
- Excavators – particularly handy if you need to dig a little deeper to clear stones, tree roots, dead branches, and other debris
- Loaders – highly beneficial for removing large amounts of soil, rubbish, sand, or gravel, especially if you don’t want to simply push it across the ground
Basic tools to make your own “camp-specific” furniture
Depending on your theme, you may want to create a few basic items you can use in the outdoor area. If you have some basic woodworking skills and a couple of key tools, you can easily create chairs, stools, tables, stands, shelters, and more out of scrap wood and materials you have lying around.
- Band saws – used for cutting up wood quickly and easily
- Hand blade – for cutting wood (will suffice if you can’t access a band saw)
- Sand planer – for finishing wood pieces
- Clamps – to hold pieces of wood
- Hand drill or basic electric drill – to assist creating basic joints and finishing pieces
A fire pit as a centerpiece in any camping area is usually always a practical necessity as well as a feature if designed well. You can also design a fire pit which can double up as a barbecue area or a camp oven. How extravagant you build depends on personal preferences and your budget. However, you can easily create a basic fire pit with a grill and a seating area by using stones, concrete or scrap metal.
Of course, you can add greenery or plants to your chosen camping ground – adding medicinal or cooking herbs, fruits and vegetables (suitable to most conditions) will add a nice ambiance as well as provide extra sources of food if you need them!