If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor living space, take advantage of it! The backyard doesn’t have to be an extra piece of space just for the dog, it can be a welcoming extension of your home. All you need is some imagination and a little planning. Here are some great tips to get you started!
Design a Layout
The first thing you want to think about is layout. When planning the layout of your backyard, think of it as you would your home: divided into “rooms” for different activities. Take into consideration where you will want to eat, relax, entertain, etc. Remember multiple levels or different surface areas help define different zones, like the patio, deck, lawn or garden.
Creating an Outdoor Kitchen
If you like barbecuing and eating outdoors, you will definitely want establish an area where you can easily cook and serve your guests. The space and your budget will determine how fancy you get, but you don’t need to get too fancy to make this work; simply a grill and a table and chairs will do the trick. If you really enjoy grilling and you find yourself eating outdoors 2-3 times a week, you may want to consider getting a countertop for food prep and storage. Later down the road you may even want to add a refrigerator and sink to make preparation and clean up even easier.
Do you enjoy sun bathing, reading a book, or having a cocktail around a fire pit? Think about what you do to unwind and design the perfect area in your yard to do just that. If you enjoy lounging in the sun, Adirondack chairs would be perfect for this area, or check out Hanover’s outdoor egg-shaped swings if you’re looking for a comfy place to read a good book.
Some yards take on more sunlight than others and if there are no trees to create shading it can get really hot. If you are looking for a place to relax in the shade an outdoor umbrella can help you create a shaded area so that you can relax comfortably.
Whether you are hosting a party in your yard, relaxing, or playing games, you can enjoy your favorite music with outdoor speakers. There are a variety of different styles to help match your backyard’s personality. And don’t stop with the music! have you ever considered an outdoor television? An outdoor TV is perfect for movie nights in the summer or watching sporting events. SunBrite HDTVs are engineered for permanent outdoor placement, they are completely waterproof, viewable in direct sunlight and built and styled for safety in an outdoor environment.
Once you have this basic layout down you can really have some fun by adding all the little extras! Follow our board ‘Summer Backyard/Patio Fun’ on Pinterest for inspiration on décor, lighting and much more! If you have recently made over your backyard we would love for you to share pictures with us on Instagram using @pcrichardandson #BackyardGetaway2015. Relax and enjoy your outdoor space this summer!
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