We all sometimes wish we had a little more living space, but no matter how much indoor space we have, nothing quite compares to having that tranquil little spot outdoors where you can sit and relax, surrounded by nature.
Homebuilders might design your backyard or build plot but that doesn’t mean you can’t switch it up to suit your own living style. Forget summer barbecues; with these great ideas, you’ll want to be in your backyard all year round.
Lights will bring your garden to life in the evenings. And with colder, darker nights fast approaching, having your backyard lit up will mean you’ll be able to get even more use out of your outdoor space.
Fairy lights can add a magical touch to a backyard, whether it’s over trees or plants, or even strung along garden furniture. LED lights can also be a fantastic way of lighting up your outdoor space without using up too much energy.
Solar powered lights are a popular option and come in a range of styles to suit your design. They will charge up during the day and come on automatically when it gets dark, giving you a stylish but eco-friendly touch to your garden. Dot them around your backyard and in plant pots for extra nighttime magic.
One way to keep your backyard in use all year long is to install a fire feature. From basic fire pits to high-tech remote controlled ones, there is something out there for everyone’s budget.
An outdoor fireplace or fire pit can create warmth as well as light, and can provide a cozy feel to your backyard, even in the cold of winter. Plus you can make s’mores all year round.
If you’re going to relax outside you’re going to need some comfy furniture. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to outdoor furniture. For a true homely feel, choose couch style seating and cozy it up with knitted blankets and soft cushions.
Choose waterproof seat coverings, so that your furniture will be resistant to the winter weather. But it’s a good idea to buy a waterproof cover to protect it all when you’re not using it.
To create a more permanent outdoor living space, you could consider installing a gazebo-style shelter. That way you can be protected from the rain or snow in winter and even the sun in summer, and it will provide you with a more defined outdoor living space.
Our homes are filled with decorative pieces, so why shouldn’t our backyards be the same? Landscaping is a superb way of boosting the aesthetics of your home as well as creating a well-designed space that’s tailored to your needs.
Choose plants that are hardy, so that they won’t require much maintenance in the winter months. For a touch of color during the fall, opt for maple trees and chrysanthemums. Ornamental cabbages are also good for adding into pots and placing around patios.