When summer is on the near horizon, it’s time to prepare your backyard for a season of barbeques, parties, and relaxing summer nights. But with the right design elements, you can extend the good times well into the fall months, and perhaps even into winter.
Here are six ways to turn your ho-hum back yard into an outdoor oasis you and your family can enjoy any time of year.
Get In the Zone
The key to designing any living space, indoors or out, is to establish defined areas. Use a rug to define a sitting or dining area, add benches or Adirondack chairs around a fire pit, place the grill far enough away from anything flammable or extensive activity, and use pergolas or long planters to divide spaces.
To get the most from your outdoor space, choose furniture made to withstand the elements. Teak, polyresin wicker, and powder-coated steel are great options for seating and dining furniture that will last for years to come. But remember, nothing lasts forever, so do cover your deck or patio furniture and store cushions and pillows when it rains or snows.
Cook Al Fresco
Even if you don’t have the room or budget for a built-in outdoor kitchen, make the most of what you do have by adding a portable beverage cooler and outdoor kitchen cart to store all your grilling staples.
Heat Things Up
Whether it’s permanent or portable, a heat source offers a nice place to gather on a cool or cold evening. Consider adding an outdoor heater, firepit, or fireplace to keep guests warm and provide added ambiance.
String lights, path markers, spotlights, and LED candles all work separately or together to set a festive mood. If your home is lacking exterior outlets, look for solar-powered options.
Make it Cozy
Add a feeling of coziness and warmth with pillows, blankets, and seasonal décor to truly make your outdoor space an extension of your home. If you have a patio roof or gazebo, hang curtains for private gatherings and to help block out the chill factor once summer fades into fall and winter.
At Pann Home Services, we can help a great deal with creating the perfect outdoor living space. We build and rebuild patios, decks, and gazebos, just for starters. Want a deck or patio awning? Contact us today for a free proposal and estimate on how to transform your outdoor living space into something special.