Summertime and the outdoor living is easy

Hank Bailey
Hank Bailey
Published on July 12, 2019

#Backyardgoals …  We all have them. On Instagram there are over 77,000 posts attached to this hashtag, so the topic is one of some relevance to many homeowners today.

If you’ve ever watched HGTV shows, and if you’re reading my blog I’m about certain you have, you may be dreaming of your own backyard makeover.

With a truckload (or two) of dirt, a good outdoor designer can transform backyards into areas of cozy relaxation. This may include resort-like pools to elaborate outdoor kitchens and more!

Backyard design techniques are similar to those used when designing interior spaces, with the emphasis on function, comfort, and style.

So, toss out that unsightly, grease-stained charcoal grill and plastic lawn furniture, and bring those #backyardgoals to life.

Dreaming of an outdoor kitchen?

Outdoor kitchens became popular a couple of years ago and the trend sees no end in sight. Sure, we’re still barbecuing, but now we’re an arm’s reach away from smaller versions of our kitchen appliances.

Along with those appliances, many homeowners are demanding a sink with running water, food prep areas and, quite often, a large stone oven.

Where will we eat?

Remember outdoor furniture from when we were kids? Picnic tables or plastic chairs to match a cheap plastic table were the norm.

What a difference a couple of decades makes! Today’s backyard might feature a dedicated dining area complete with gorgeous furniture. Perhaps you long for a weatherproof gazebo to top it off?

Outdoor dining areas are the star of the show when it comes to dinner al fresco. Cafe lights twinkling from underneath a spanking new pergola or from in the trees, crackling fires in the outdoor fireplace and candles scattered strategically are just some of the lighting options we’ve seen.

Water features

A water feature in the garden can transform even the smallest space into a serene oasis. Fountains, waterfalls and ponds are just a few of the features homeowners are adding to their backyard retreats.

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Some elements of gardens have always lent themselves to outdoor living. Large shade trees can be a focal point in a garden, providing cool shade during the summer and interesting silhouettes during the winter months.

A carefully positioned shade tree also helps cool the home’s interior during the summer, saving you money on your power bills. The experts at Colorado State University claim that shade trees planted on the east side of the house prevent morning heat and, when planted on the west and southwest side of the house, they prevent heat buildup from afternoon sun.

While gardens and yards have always played an important role in American homes, more folks today see them as much more than play areas for the kids and dogs.

Yards are becoming an extension of the house – and furnished as if they were another room. What better way to lure you into relaxing while you’re at home?

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