Do you dream about extending your home's style into your yard? I am here to show you how you can get started on your outdoor room today!
What is an outdoor room? It could be an entertainment spot for friends and family, outdoor kitchen and bar or even your own personal garden escape.
Whatever you decide to use your outdoor space for, this post will help ensure it matches your home's design and your family's lifestyle.
From project start to it's completion, here are five ideas to help you create your dream backyard!
1.Visualizing Your Backyard
Spend some time getting familiar with the all the available spaces available in your backyard.
Start by cleaning out your backyard; removing all plants, tools and unnecessary storage. Next, decide what you'd like to include and what you need in the space you have cleared.
Working with a small space? Something as simple as a corner fountain and bar set can create an inviting, relaxing outdoor space.
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2. Decide What Is Important To You
Make a list of the outdoor products and accessories you'd like to include in your yard.
Ask yourself, "what is my backyard missing?" What do you enjoy doing in your home that would be more enjoyable outside? A couple of examples are cooking, reading, socializing, and exercising.
Outdoor Kitchen & Bar
Lighting & Candles
Entertainment (Music & TV)
Heaters, Fireplaces or Fire Pits
Fountains & Statuary
Water fountain wall, deep seating furniture and fireplace
3. Use Hardscaping
Hardscaping can be anything from a brick pathway through your garden to a wood deck or concrete stained patio. Doing this can add structure and privacy to your outdoor space no matter what size backyard you have to work with.
Hardscaping and it's trade are considered to be works of art. Be sure to choose a experienced, highly-recommended hardscaper because their work will act an outline or skeleton for your outdoor space.
Here are a couple of beautiful hardscaping examples!
Stone pathways and gazebos are very popular, adding a nice touch to any backyard!
A concrete path with a strip of bricks can add structure to your outdoor spaces.
4. Create Your Own Rules
This is your space, it can be anything you want it to be. You should forget conventional layouts or designs and start creating your own rules.
Who says your backyard can not be as comfortable as your living room? Don't be afraid of putting comfortable, deep seating furniture outside.
Some people believe the common misconception that this kind of furniture can quickly deteriorate outside. However, when you purchase quality outdoor furniture it is not difficult to find both comfort and durability.
Some less than practical ideas:
Water fountain wall
Outdoor wet bar
Unique lighting (tiki torches)
Creative lawn art and statues
Vegetable & fruit gardens
Rock or meditation garden
Japanese meditation space and garden with dining area.
Relaxing afternoon bay side on a wicker deep seating patio furniture set.
5. Create A Covered Area
Stay shaded and protect your outdoor room from mother nature with a gazebo, umbrella or awning. Even hot sunny California weather needs some moderation.
Covered areas can be a spot to entertain, read a book or even be the center piece of your backyard.
Four reasons covering your outdoor space is important:
Covered areas will extend the life of your furniture's color and fabric.
With the right color and style you can add to the appeal of your backyard.
Save energy by shading your deck or windows in the summer.
It increases the time you can use your backyard. Rain or shine, use your covered outdoor space anytime of the year.
I hope you've enjoyed these five ideas to help you create your dream backyard and have found some inspiration along the way!
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