Even if some parts of the country might need reminding, it is safe to say that spring is definitely here, and another sunny summer follows closely behind. As such, many homeowners who have spent the past few months stuck indoors where it’s warm and dry are finally getting the chance to go outside and enjoy their backyards again. And with a new year comes new opportunities to spruce up your space in preparation to entertain.
The chance to update and redesign your backyard’s patio should be a chance for some creative exercise and freedom. How you choose to design is really up to personal tastes, but we’ve selected a few ideas that happen to delight ours.
Many houses often neglect the pathways in their gardens and yards. While some may try to address this by planting flowerbeds or shrubs along paths, this doesn’t always do much to the path itself as it does create an appealing border around it.
To remedy this, consider installing a pergola. A pergola is a shaded walkway, passageway or sheltered area made up of vertical beams and either a closed or open “roof”. Imagine a gazebo that runs along the pavement, and you’ve got a pretty good estimation of what a pergola is. These can really add to your backyard by presenting a much shadier place of retreat for you and the family when the sun grows a little too intense.
Keep in mind that a pergola does not have to run along a walkway. It could also hang above the patio or porch as well to provide a shaded seating and dining area. But while some may just leave the pergola bare, it’s much more satisfying to run vines and other climbing plants along it, and it really adds a palpable touch of class to the back forty.
Certain tools are necessary for the maintenance of a beautiful backyard, or else, certain services. There’s really no getting around this. But there is a way around the boring old tool shed.
Through some ingenious discretion, it can be possible to install pieces of furniture that can also double as storage areas. For example, you could hide rakes and shovels inside a bench that opens into a chest. This not only provides comfort and potentially a more beautiful yard and patio, but also stops unseemly looking garden clutter.
Conveniently it allows for immediate respite the moment everything has been properly tended!
As summer rolls around it’s going to become very tempting to start hosting BBQ meals for friends and family. Typically, this requires a grill and several trips between the kitchen and the yard unless, perhaps, you had the foresight to have helpful children who can do this for you.
Enter the fire pit table. These are literally tables with a fire pit in the middle. Not only do they provide an eye-catching addition to the yard and a natural centerpiece for entertaining guests, but they are fully-functional cooking surfaces.
As an added bonus, they can also be used to provide mood lighting for late-night relaxation in the yard without the dangers, hassles, and clean-up of a traditional bonfire.
For a taste of the Mediterranean, consider creating a mosaic to decorate your patio with as well. Most patios tend to be fairly utilitarian and standardized with their decoration. You’ve probably seen the same terracotta colors and patterns in many backyards before, or the same rustic wooden frames. While they can certainly look handsome, they’re also rather commonplace.
A mosaic allows for far more creativity and originality, and can really add a dash of color to your yard.
Whether you just want a centerpiece for your patio, or to turn every walking surface in your backyard into a work of art, mosaics can quickly give your home a very personalized touch. They’re expensive and time-consuming, but many homeowners consider the result to be more than worth it. There is almost nothing that you cannot d design-wise with mosaic tiles.
Fountains do more than look pretty, although there’s surely something truly dazzling about having a fountain on your property.
Fountains can also balance the air around your patio, making it cooler and more comfortable depending on its size. As such they can be a welcome addition during particularly hot, dry, airless days when even sitting in the backyard doesn’t seem sufficient to cool you down. Add in a good sun shelter, and you’ll quickly be the envy of your neighbors.
In addition, fountains also have a very marked soothing effect that is nothing to sneer at. What better to help you unwind on your patio than the gentle sounds of running water.
Finally, for the homeowner who loves to entertain, a bar and kitchen area can greatly enhance the patio area of your backyard. It’s very easy to convert your patio into a personalized European-style café area with the simple addition of some storage units, cooking surfaces and a drinks cabinet. Especially if your patio leads on directly from the kitchen!2016-06-10