Warmer weather means heading outdoors, and now is the perfect time to get your yard in shape for summer. Whether you have a quiet summer on tap or you are planning to host outdoor parties with friends and family, there are a few features that can take a backyard from ordinary to extraordinary in no time at all.
1. Install a Water Feature
Ponds and fountains contribute to a relaxing and tranquil environment. Fountains and contained systems are great options for small yards. If you have a big space, consider having a pond or natural pool installed. Like traditional pools, they require some upkeep, but using lake aeration can help keep the water moving and reduce algae buildup. You will also need to think about safety if you have any kids or pets that could accidentally make their way into the water.
2. Rethink Outdoor Cooking
A simple grill on the back deck is fine if you are only cooking for a few people, but larger gatherings will benefit from a more elaborate setup. Outdoor kitchens can be purchased as complete packages, or you can work with a contractor to plan a custom design for your home. Nothing is off the table, either, so think outside the box and make this a truly great space for entertaining friends and family. In addition to a traditional grilling surface, refrigeration, running water and ovens are all possible in a custom outdoor kitchen.
3. Add a Hammock
If the idea of hosting a large group in your yard leaves you less than enthusiastic, you might benefit more from adding features that promote quiet reflection. A hammock or swing is an excellent way to enjoy time outside, swaying and relaxing while letting go of the day’s worries. Of course, the shade of an established tree is a nice treat as you swing, but it isn’t necessary. While traditional setups used trees as support, there are all sorts of hammock and swing supports that can be purchased for open spaces.
4. Cover Your Space
A pergola or other open structure offers protection from the sun and rain, so you can enjoy your backyard no matter what the weather has in store. Adding a screen or netting can help keep pesky bugs away without using chemicals.
There are plenty of projects that can transform your yard into a personal oasis. Whether you regularly host parties or you prefer to unwind with a good book, pick features that match your lifestyle and personality for the most enjoyment.