Having a home instead of an apartment truly means having the ultimate freedom. It is an extension of your space, and if done properly, it can be your getaway. It provides you with the outdoor atmosphere, and there are many things to consider in terms of how you’ll arrange it. Think about your favorite activities and make your backyard your sanctuary, a place you can, on an everyday basis, feel as if you were on vacation. It shouldn’t be just a few things on your list of chores, so let’s think outside the box, and get creative, since there are many elements you can add yourself!
An outdoor living room
The comfort of your living room has always been a favorite place for both relaxing and spending leisure time, as well as for spending time with friends. But why should it be kept inside, when you can do all that while breathing fresh air? Having only stars as your roof will level up the relaxation factor, which is also beneficial for having people over. Deck maintenance may be required if your outdoor room is being built on a pre-existing structure. A safe structure will give you peace of mind and a peaceful place to relax.
This doesn’t mean you won’t be comfortable since you can find some amazing ideas for furniture specifically designed for outdoors. Furthermore, you can mix some of the furniture such as sofas with hammocks and rocking chairs, creating the perfect combination. Bonus factor – you won’t have to worry about a mess you’ve left inside in a rush to work!
Add a fire pit
Lit up your backyard with a fire pit! Not literally, of course, but you should consider this idea since it will truly enrich your outdoor space. Having it creates a warm and even romantic atmosphere you can center around with your loved ones. Make sure it’s on the safe distance from your house and any other wooden elements, and start with the brainstorming for the design.
Not only will it be a cozy place and light up your evenings, but it can also be practical as well! Just add a grill top over it and voila, you can cook your favorite meal here. Even without it, snacking on some marshmallows is never out of style! This idea is especially recommended to those of you with small backyards since it doesn’t take up much space. Furthermore, the area for sitting around it doesn’t have to be filled with huge sofas. Instead, opt for a seating bench that is actually a storage unit. Put the doors on the side, and some cushions on top, so in case of a chilly night, your blankets will be within your reach!
Separate the space
Just because this space is outside, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a single area. Quite the contrary, you can divide your backyard in order for everyone in the family to have a mini version of their escape from the world. This will largely depend on the size of the area, and it can be done in several ways, for example, you can divide them by function. Or as we’ve mentioned, you can do so for people. One segment can be a children’s area, so the focus should be on installing creative game sets and swings. If there is a tree in your backyard, center the area around it and build a treehouse. Your kids will have their own kingdom!
Use another area for your own creative outlets. If you consider yourself a bookworm, create a hidden (surrounded with plants) spot! Just add a hammock and find a perfect outdoor lightning solution, such as lanterns or string lights. If you enjoy DIY projects, designate one area for doing that. You should consider some great organizational solutions for all the equipment you have and create almost a camping setup, so you can truly focus on the project, instead of going to the garage every five minutes. And in this case, you will probably end up making the most of other stuff you need right there!
Having a water element in your backyard can really transform it. Whether you’ll follow the feng shui rules or not, it’ll have a calming effect anyways. The first thought is probably a pool, but it doesn’t have to be that kind of an investment. There are many other water elements you should consider, especially if you don’t have enough space for a pool.
You can go for a solution such as fountains, ponds or even waterfalls. Each of those has its own benefits, but it mostly comes down to the aesthetics and your personal preferences. Fountains are probably easiest for maintenance and they pose as a structural element, providing your backyard a sense of elegance. You can even combine some features, for example, install a pond with small waterfalls falling into it. When it comes to style and color, the possibilities are endless!
To sum up, as your life is what you make of it, it is the same case with your backyard. Having an outdoor space is the main benefit of not living in an apartment, so you should use it properly. The transformation from a lawn to an amazing place you’ll want to spend time in can happen tomorrow! Consider these suggestions and build on them, in order to create a perfect getaway from the world, just outside the comfort of your home.