The lazy hazy days of summer are quickly approaching, and you know you are not going to want to spend every single day inside your home. While you could manage to take a short vacation somewhere, we know that you will enjoy the summer weather so much more if you have what we call the backyard essentials. Everyone doesn’t have the same list of backyard essentials, but we have created a list of some of the ones that seem to be the most popular among homeowners that love spending time outside at home.
Gazebos can give you another sitting area out in your yard. The best part about constructing one of these gazebos is you can sit outside and let the rain fall all around you without getting wet. There are many different gazebo styles to choose from and you can easily have one designed to include all the features you love the most.
There is no need to pack everything up and head inside once the sun goes down during the summer months. We recommend installing lighting to brighten things up, so you can enjoy your backyard long into the wee hours of the morning if you wish. There are many different lighting options for backyards, but we suggest that you install a few of them so you always have the lighting you need. After all, bright lights won’t help while you are stargazing, but dim lights won’t help as you are cooking on the grill.
If you have always just thrown a couple lawn chairs onto the lawn and called it a day, it is time to have a patio or deck constructed in your backyard. This is one backyard essential that many homeowners like yourself have wondered how they have lived so long without, so you must have one installed immediately! You can make your patio or deck as large as wish and it is easy to design one to fit your family’s needs.
Most homeowners plant their gardens in the ground, but we recommend creating vertical gardens for many reasons. One of those reasons is the extra visual appeal these vertical gardens create, but the other is the privacy you gain from them. If you are always looking for ways to block out your neighbors, these gardens are the perfect solution.
A pergola is similar to a gazebo and it defines a specific seating area. However, you can place your new pergola on your patio, deck, or out in the middle of your backyard. Your pergola can have a solid roof or a slated roof that lets the sunshine through. If you want a little extra privacy when you are using your pergola, you can easily install drapes that you can open and close as your needs change.
A fire pit is going to enhance the ambiance in your backyard, especially when you have friends and family come over for a night of fun. You can simply sit around your fire pit and relax, or you can use that fire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. You can easily purchase a fire pit from your local home improvement store, but you can design and create an even better one that you will love so much more.
With so many people embracing meditation these days, one of the best backyard essentials you can have in your own yard is a meditation space. This space can be wherever you want it to be and you can design it in a way that will create the peace you desire for your meditations. Pergolas work great for meditation spaces, but so do gazebos or a simple rock garden with a chair or two.
Water features are so relaxing and calming and those two reasons are why so many homeowners have them installed in their backyard oasis. While you can choose a simple fountain, we recommend adding a pond or even a soothing waterfall that will help to create a relaxing atmosphere.
There are so many works of art available that will catch your eye, and while you probably have some of those pieces in your home, you should also look for options to place in your backyard. We recommend statues or sculptures, but you can also choose simpler works of art like wind chimes or decorative bird feeders. Simply choose what calls out to you, as you are decorating your backyard space.
Since we already know that you are going to want to spend as much time as possible outdoors this summer, and during future summers, an outdoor kitchen must be on your backyard essential list. The size of your outdoor kitchen is up to you, but you will want to make sure you include all the different kitchen items you know you will use. This will ensure you never need to go back into your house to grab a drink or make a meal all summer long.
These are the ten backyard essentials that you must consider in order to get your outdoor area ready for summer. We are not saying you must incorporate all these backyard essentials into your own outdoor space, but we are sure that you will want at least half of them as you begin to enjoy your backyard even more this summer!