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It’s summertime. That means grilling out and days full of sunshine. For many, it also means escaping everyday life for a family vacation or maybe just some alone time. Luckily, by turning your backyard into an oasis, you can have a getaway anytime you’d like. Here are 10 ways you can transform your backyard.
1. Gas line for your grill
Turn-up your grill game and skip the need for a propane tank by adding a gas line straight to your grill. It’s an upgrade you won’t regret when you feel like you have an outdoor gourmet kitchen. Who knows? You might even decide to add a backyard pizza oven so you can dish out true Neapolitan-style pizzas.
2. Outdoor lighting outlets
Ditch the extension cords and make lighting your backyard both easy and safe. By adding extra outdoor outlets, you can plug-in to lighting features that can make your yard, deck, or patio feel like you’ve been transported to another place. Remember: extension cords are temporary solutions only, so they should never be used as a permanent fixture.
3. Additional outside hydrants
You never know where you may need to access water in your backyard, and adding an extra hydrant gives a new level of flexibility. Thinking of adding a garden? Your watering needs are covered. Want to have some fun with the kids on a hot day? Pull out the sprinkler and cool off. You could even build a kids’ car wash sprinkler and create endless hours of fun.
4. Landscape lighting
Let’s be honest, who hasn’t wanted their landscape lighting setup to look like a Pinterest picture? The right lighting can add the perfect ambiance to a summer evening, and with systems that connect to your smartphone, you can change the look of your lights in an instant. Go from fun and funky colored to low and romantic lights with the touch of a button. You may even want to explore adding automation to your lights so you can keep an eye on the outdoors at night.
5. Outdoor fireplace
Speaking of ambiance, there is nothing like sitting around a cozy fire with friends and loved ones. Installing an outdoor fireplace will make your house the chosen hangout spot for everyone you know. You can even select the look that fits your style best, from rustic to modern and contemporary, the choice is yours. Just don’t forget the marshmallows.
You don’t have to be an arborist to create backyard landscaping that you love. If you’re a little apprehensive, work with a professional to choose plants that match your style without too much effort. If you’re ready to do the work yourself, pick the plants you’ve always loved. Even better, combine your upgraded landscaping with lighting that accentuates it and your backyard will look like paradise every time the sun goes down.
7. Upgrade your patio
For the days you don’t want to feel like you’re outdoors while enjoying your yard, just bring the inside out. You can create a patio you want to lounge on every day by creating a living room outdoors. Extend the style of your home with upholstered patio furniture or contemporary teak tables for a sense of comfort. Just make sure you put in enough seating for the friends and family who will be stopping by.
For an even more intimate feel, add a covering to your patio. It will protect both you and your furniture from the sun and seasons. Combine this with an outdoor fireplace or string lighting and you’ll feel like you’re vacationing at a private lodge.
8. Get some privacy
If you are looking for your own private resort, adding some new structures to your yard can do the trick. You might want to start with a privacy fence to add a border to your property that can create a cozy, safe space for your family.
A pergola or gazebo are other options for new structures. They can offer a safe space from the heat of the sun and present a great opportunity to add chic lighting or flowers for added ambiance.
9. Add a hot tub or sauna
While you’re planning out the build of a new gazebo, you could also think about adding a hot tub to the mix. (After all, why go through the trouble of building a structure and not add some bonus luxury?) If water isn’t your thing, a dry sauna can help you and your family unwind after a hard day. According to Time, saunas are “ridiculously good for you” so it will benefit the entire family!
10. Get creative with your furniture
Creating an outdoor living room isn’t the only way to get creative with furniture in your backyard. Adding a hammock can be the perfect retreat for a quick nap or good read. A well-placed sheet can act as an umbrella to save you from the sun, and by adding wood pieces you can create a tent for you and the family. If rustic style is up your alley, you can add some reclaimed pieces. And if you want to go natural, here is a wheatgrass sofa you can plant/built yourself.
Opportunities abound when it comes to designing the backyard of your dreams. The lesson we’ve learned here: let your imagination soar. And if you run into a snag, call us here at Lee Company. We have the talent and know-how to do all you need.