Hot spring months are just around the corner and you’re going to need a retreat. There’s no reason to look any further than your own backyard. If you put just a little effort to it – the backyard can be transformed into an oasis of relaxation. Depending on your style and preference – it can be a peaceful place for meditation and rest or something more entertainment-oriented.
Building up your deck
Outdoor decks by the pool or near a fireplace are a great venue for small parties and get-togethers. Treat it as you would any other room in the house and don’t be afraid to go a little bit overboard with the décor. Comfort is the key word when it comes to patio design. Make everything cozy with a lot of pillows and even a couple of hammocks. Try to blend the deck with your yard, by using vines and other plants to create a natural look. Also, it might be useful to set a small dining area, closer to the house or an outdoor kitchen.
The atmosphere you create is what separates an ordinary backyard from an oasis and the best way to build an atmosphere is music. A stereo system would make a great addition to your yard. The simplest choice is to go with wireless speakers and move them around as you see fit. However, they provide the lowest sound quality. You could also install an ordinary stereo system – just make sure it’s waterproof, even if the speakers are far enough from the pool. It’s also important to factor in the noise pollution. If you plan on throwing parties, that’s not going to be the issue, but it might affect your meditation soundtrack.
There’s usually one special feature which determines the overall theme of your backyard. Once you know what it is, strive to build it up. Use a concrete calculator to design a clear path leading to the fountain or a fireplace. A fireplace can become infinitely more dramatic if it’s placed beside the pool and water fountains can be as elaborate as you want. You can create a waterfall effect and connect your fountain with the pool. Keep in mind that both require proper maintenance, especially during winter.
You shouldn’t leave the light design for last – it should be incorporated with all the other elements, so keep that in mind when you’re making plans. Lights are pretty inexpensive and they work best if you have a pool, because of the reflection. Arrange the lights as you see fit, but try to think about how they look from a distance. You want to create a certain glow around the yard. It should attract attention, but don’t overdo it and make it too sparkly.
With all of this commotion around your backyard, privacy can become more of a concern. There are a few things you could do to fend of noisy neighbors. Landscaping is the obvious choice because it creates a specific aesthetic and doesn’t seem like you’re trying to hide anything. Draperies are also an option, especially if you already have a pergola. They can be integrated with almost any design and can look both luxurious and casual, depending on your preference. If you don’t mind spending some money on it – you could install a small roof and be shielded completely.
Backyards can easily be turned into a peaceful oasis of comfort. Decide on the style and use you prefer and with a little bit of work it can change your home and significantly up its value.
February 4, 2017