No matter how big or small your backyard is, the main objective of this outdoor space is to create a refuge to unwind, have fun, and relax on your free time. Why not make the effort to develop a resort-like space to accommodates your friends and family? You’ll get great enjoyment out of it yourself, and it will only help improve your home’s value in the long run.
It doesn’t have to be expensive either, but a little bit of extra money can also help you bring your back yard to the next level. Here is a bit of brief insight into some of the basic steps that can transform your outdoor space into a comfortable and relaxing seating area.
Clear The Clutter
Apart from being an eyesore and distraction, clutter in your backyard can make your space appear smaller. Therefore, you should consider pruning overgrown hedges and trees, clearing out the clutter, relocating or donating playing equipment such as old swings and slides.
You can recycle or throw away broken accessories and furniture, especially things that seem out of place in the backyard. Starting with a cleared out and clean yard enables you to come up with the elements that it needs to transform it into a more cozy and relaxing space to where you can exercise, swim and eat meals with your loved ones.
A backyard has so much potential because it can offer you and your loved ones with shade, sun-rays, fresh air, and potentially even fantastic views.
Consider The View
Take full advantage of the view your home has to create a beautiful scenery that moves you one step closer to your dream backyard. When designing a view for your patio, some of the things to consider are clearing and decluttering hedges, trees, and outdoor furniture because they can block the scenery. You should use furnishings and landscaping to frame the view. Furthermore, landscaping should merge and match the environment and neighboring areas to avoid competing with it.
Add a Fire Pit
You can install a fire pit at the center of the backyard to make it more appealing and warm in the evening, at night, or during the cold months. Talking around a fire pit can be quite relaxing, especially when you are cuddling with your significant other.
There are numerous fire pit designs available. Wood-burning fire pits can be found at a reasonable price, but for a bit higher price tag you can opt for a propane fire pit that will really help your yard stand out. You should always ensure that the fire pit is not under a roof, on a wooden deck, or any structures to minimize the likelihood of a fire hazard.
Provide Comfortable Seating
Since the patio or backyard will be used for relaxation and unwinding, you should incorporate outdoor furniture such as lounger chairs or a sofa set that offers comfortable seating for you and your loved ones. Comfortable seats will allow you to spend more time outside. You can add a traditional hammock and swing seats to boost the level of comfort in your backyard.
In fact, most modern hammocks do not need large trees for the suspension since new designs come with their very own stands. The swing chairs are made from a variety of materials like wood, plastic, metal, rattan, and macramé. You can capitalize on the corner of your garden to create a permanent seating area with plant designs surrounding it.
Sectioning Off Your Backyard Seating
Since backyards are becoming more popular as outdoor dining spaces, you must create simple and distinct seating areas. You can dedicate a section of the yard to outdoor dining with chairs and tables for eating. Planters can be used as a partition for the backyard seating to create a separate relaxation area apart from the dining area. Although some people might prefer built-in seats or benches for relaxation, you can use portable chairs to catch a view or the sun rays.
Many homeowners consider the perfect addition to a backyard as having a private pool that they can cool off during the warm and hot months of the year. Apart from the healing and calming effect the sound of water has, swimming inside your pool will allow you to stay healthy by exercising privately and frequently.
If your backyard space is limiting or budget does not permit you to get a luxurious pool, you can consider getting a koi pond, wading pool, birdbath, fountain, and an inflatable pool. Alternatively, you can get your backyard a bathtub made from wood, metal, or any other materials to provide you and your loved ones a spa-like experience that epitomizes relaxation.
There are a variety of ways you can create perfect shading at your backyard or porch, such as a built-in patio that resembles a porch, trees, awnings, pergolas, and umbrellas, gazebos, and vines. You can use an umbrella to provide shade on seats near the swimming area, outdoor dining area, or other seating areas to protect you and your furniture from the elements. Alternatively, vines growing on pergolas, arbors, or roofs can provide shade while creating a beautiful and green environment for relaxation.
You should carefully plan and choose plants that will look natural and match your home to enhance its appeal. Additionally, these plants should create a calm and vacation-like theme for the backyard, making your outdoor space comfortable and serine. The key is to select plants such as shrubs, trees, and perennials that adapt to your locality.
You can plant flowering vines and shrubs in your backyard to make it more appealing and intoxicate it with sweet-smelling scents perfect for unwinding and relaxing. You should aim to grow these shrubs or vines near the dining areas and outdoor sitting to make your patio or backyard comfortable. In addition, to keep insects that usually swarm the outdoors during the warmer months, you can grow citronella and lemongrass to ward off annoying insects like mosquitoes.
An Outdoor Kitchen
You can consider installing an outdoor bar and kitchen on your patio for entertainment and gatherings. Cooking outdoors is usually fun and lends itself to a serene environment to have a conversation with your loved ones. You can arrange charcuterie for lunches summer, or fire up the grill and try your hand at any number of delicious recipes that spark your interest. Nothing beats a home cooked meal with the people you love most.
If you have kids and enough backyard space with trees, you can build a tree-house for them to play in. There are many designs of tree-houses to choose from, such as making it around the tree circumference or slightly higher on a large branch. A tree-house can be a perfect chill-out spot to relax and unwind over the holidays and weekends for you and your children.
Privacy is an essential part of creating any relaxing outdoor space. You should divide and seclude your backyard with fences, walls, and screens to create a mystery as guests go through your landscape. Additionally, overhead roofs and harbors should provide shade and seclusion from neighbors or those with an aerial view of your backyard. You can add mirrors in your yard to make a false sense of ample space for small outdoors.
Additionally, you can use distinctive murals on your yard fence to enhance its outlook and create a good impression on guests.
You should aim to have the right type of outdoor lighting that conserves energy such as solar bulbs, provides enough illumination, and makes the space beautiful to accommodate your guests. You can hang a string of lights on the pergola or nearby trees to make the space attractive in the evening. Additionally, you can line up small color lights along with the brick, flagstones, or mulch that lead to designated areas such as the corner seating area.