Where do you go when you come home from a long, exhausting day at work? You might lock yourself in your master bathroom and relax in a warm bubble bath. You may go to your bed and lose yourself to soothing music. Or, you might fall onto your sofa and watch your favorite Netflix series.
But have you ever thought about going out to your backyard?
You may have spent so much time indoors that you neglect to keep your backyard space fresh and inviting. Perhaps your patio chairs are fading in color. Or maybe your fences are wearing down. In this blog post, we discuss six ways you can beautify your backyard so that it can become a refuge for relaxation or a hot spot for social gatherings.
- Expand Your Patio
You enjoy the open space of your current patio, but you realize that this blank section of concrete or bricks could look so much better. Take some time to update this area with warm and inviting furniture and accessories. Introduce some elegant deck chairs or natural wooden benches. Create a social space with a couple wicker or glass tables.
To keep comfortable during cold winter weather, you might consider enclosing your patio with walls. If you live alone or prefer relaxation over busy social interaction, invest in a reclining or body-length deck chair on which to nap or read a good book.
- Incorporate a Water Feature
The sound and feel of running water can bring a calm, soothing ambiance to any backyard. Get a sense for your backyard’s layout and decide where you’d like a scene-stealing water feature. You might install a swimming pool in the center or a luxurious fountain in the corner. If you want to be the talk of the neighborhood, install an artificial creek running through your yard.
With winter in mind, consider a hot tub. Whether you perch it on a deck or include it in your pool layout, a hot tub will allow you, your family, and friends a perfect spot to enjoy yourselves while soaking in warm jets of water.
- Install an Outdoor Fire Pit
Thinking of cuddling up with loved ones on a crisp autumn night? What better way to do so than around a blazing fire. A fire pit can host numerous occasions of fun and entertainment. You can gather around the warmth to share stories, roast treats, or celebrate special occasions. And with so many styles and layouts available, you’ll probably find just what you want.
Remember to work with your local fire pit installer to determine the best location in your yard. This professional will also give you tips regarding how to maintain your fire pit and how to stay safe around it.
- Plant a Garden
If you love the smell of flowers or the juicy flavor of natural tomatoes, create space in your yard for a garden. Flower gardens add vibrant aesthetic appeal to your property while vegetable gardens provide delicious additions to homemade meals.
And if you don’t feel up to the task of caring for an extensive food-producing garden, enlist the aid of a landscaper to add colorful shrubbery, trees, and flowers around your lawn. The possibilities are nearly endless: you can line your patio with boxwood shrubs or create an island of tulips in a sea of green grass.
- Build a Gazebo
If you want an intimate space in which to sit, rest, or chat with a friend, try a gazebo. You might notice large gazebos in your local park, but you can build a smaller, customized one for your own backyard. These structures-as well as pergolas and archways-can lend your yard a private, closed-off feel.
A gazebo could be the perfect complement to a wedding reception, birthday party, or banquet. In addition, a gazebo will provide dry protection during rainy days and offer shade during sunny days.
- Illuminate the Area With Lights
When the day draws to an end, you might feel compelled to wrap up your backyard family reunion. Your porch light might illuminate a few feet of your yard, but the darkness of night will leave you hard pressed to continue with dinner and other proceedings. But when you set up adequate lighting, your get-together can extend a few more hours.
Before you install any lights, think about the type of theme you want your backyard to exude. You might place lanterns on tables for an old-time experience. Or, you can place Tiki torches along the edges of your yard or pathways to produce an exotic atmosphere. With so many lighting variants available, you’ll be able to keep your backyard activities thriving, even after nightfall.
Your backyard presents an outlet to express your passion and style as a homeowner. Remember these ideas when you decide it’s time to update your backyard space.