When you think of your ultimate backyard, what thoughts come to mind?
Do you envision yourself gathered around your outdoor kitchen with family and friends for a picnic? Or do you see yourself roasting marshmallows over your fire pit in your own resort-like setting, with a water feature slowly trickling in the background?
We are going to discuss 6 elements to help create the ultimate outdoor living space. Even if you currently have a patio or deck, here are some more ideas to maximize your outdoor experience.
Outdoor Kitchens - Outdoor kitchens have become very popular and are often a family gathering place in the summer. They can include an entire kitchen area made of stone, pavers or a comparable material, pizza oven, counters, bar area and even a sink or refrigerator, or they can be as basic as a built in grill with a patio table and chairs. There are many options for every size space, purpose and price range.
Fire Features - Like outdoor kitchens, fire features can be anything from an actual built in fire place, to a fire pit built into your patio or even a portable fire pit. Not only are they beautiful, but they extend the amount of time you can spend outside in the evening and even into the chillier months of the year.
Water Features - Most of us love the soothing quality of water. With options ranging from a small fountain or fish pond, to streams and waterfalls, your water feature can be as basic or elaborate as your likes and your space will allow. No matter the size, there is nothing like softly flowing water to create a sense of peace and calm.
Architectural Structures- It's hot and you need some repreive from the sun, or maybe that passing summer rain shower is about to ruin your party, you need some structure for your outdoor space. Whether it's a pergola that helps keep the UV rays from grilling you or a pavilion that keeps most of the elements at bay, architectural structures are multi-faceted and provide incredible visual interest as well.
Outdoor Lighting - This feature is just as important as a fire feature, if not more so, for extending your hours outside in the evening. Lighting is not only practical, but it can also highlight landscaping, water features, trees and accents on your home. It also helps you to illuminatepathways to make them safer at night.
Landscaping - This is like the icing on the cake. You have your outdoor oasis, but now you need plants and flowers to soften the edges and really take your space to the next level. Professional designers can work with you to help you plan a space that is beautiful, but also practical for you and your needs, including low-maintenance plants if you don't feel like you have a green thumb, or don't have the time to spend gardening.
We have discussed 6 elements to help you take your outdoor space to the next level, no matter the amount of space or budget you are working with. With any of these features like an outdoor kitchen, to fire and water features, to your lighting and landscaping, you will be amazed at how much more you enjoy your yard with a few added elements.
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