Your home is a source of pride. Creating an outdoor environment that reflects your vision is an enjoyable process. One trend that has taken hold in recent years is creating an outdoor living space that is not only functional, but also serves as an extension of your home. When considering your backyard, there are several projects that can take it from a lawn to a relaxing oasis for your family and friends. A simple addition like a garden shed can set the tone for your entire space. Designs for sheds range from the utilitarian storage shed, to an outdoor space perfect for entertaining year round.
When developing your outdoor environment, there are several steps you can take to make the process easier. First is to determine your needs and plan a layout. If you are an avid gardener, the addition of a potting shed or a small greenhouse can make starting your garden earlier in the season much easier. If you enjoy family gatherings an outdoor living room or fire pit may be more your style. Understanding how you’ll use the space is an important first step.
Once you’ve determined your needs, there are several choices that can add flair to your backyard. Here are some ideas to consider:
Hardscaping and Landscaping
Areas can be created using pavers and low stonewalls. You can use these hardscaping elements to create “rooms” for various purposes. Having several patio areas connected by stone walkways can create separate areas for dining, lounging in an outdoor living room, or sitting around a fire pit relaxing. Landscaping can add elements of color and focus to your space all season long.
An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a gas grill on the patio, to a fully functioning kitchen with refrigeration and running water. If you love entertaining, a good outdoor kitchen is a great investment. It not only will help provide with a great place to store your food but creates a great vocal point for your get-togethers and really add that extra touch of atmosphere that can make an event truly special.
Water Features - Fountains, ponds or waterfalls create an idyllic place to relax and recharge after a long day. Simple designs and complete kits are available online.
Sheds and Outbuildings
A shed or outbuilding can add useful space to your yard. Whether you need a place to store lawn and garden equipment, or a place to entertain, a shed can be a beautiful addition to your backyard. For the DIY enthusiast, designs for sheds are available online, or many companies will work with you to design an outbuilding perfect for your needs. Having the perfect shed can bring you the look you have always been searching for in your backyard.
You backyard is an extension of your home. With proper planning and a little work, you can create the perfect environment. It’s an investment that will pay you in years of enjoyment for your family and friends, and will get your neighbors talking!
Sean Carter is an experienced writer who has contributed to blogs all over the internet on such topics as gardening, exterior design and home remodeling
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