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A Style-Guide To A Cooler Backyard

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by Quik Shade

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Have you always wanted to do something with that big backyard you have, but were never really sure what exactly that change might be? It doesn’t even have to be a big back yard, just something that you know you can work with but haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. With a bit of know-how, the right people, and a bit of an investment, you can have one of those cool backyards that people enjoy coming of to your house to hang out in. Here is a brief list of some of the things you can do in order to get that backyard you want, the one that you can entertain guests and just kick back in and enjoy. It may take some time and some money, but in the end it will be worth it.

Start with the Perimeter

Details make all of the difference, and such as a great frame makes that masterpiece painting all that much better, so does the peripheral of your backyard. Take a look at your fence and the condition your house is in, and the garage or tool shed if you have it. It’s hard to have a nice backyard with a dilapidated fence that could fall over in the next strong wind, and a house where the paint is peeling and the trim is chipped. Get to work there first.

Once your fence is in good order and same with the house (or id that is the case already) then take a look at the plants around the backyard. Should they be removed? Changed? Trimmed back? Can you add more? Some people like to set up potted plants and accessories like hanging lamps or maybe something like a garden gnome… just to give the place some character. Be creative with it!

A Patio

It is actually not too common for someone to have a patio of any kind in their backyard. This is not including concrete walking spaces or areas you can set up a table to two… but a bona fide wooden patio. If you already have one, what condition is it in? Does it need to be painted, sanded, or replaced entirely? This is the main area in which you will be hanging out and entertaining guests at, so it needs to shine. Again, adding some accessories like hanging or potted plants or what have you will only make the area better.

Take a look at the chairs, tables, awnings, and other things you have out there. To keep things linear,  ask yourself if the color of the patio furniture matches the house? The fence? Should they be replaced? Paying attention to those kinds of details will make your backyard more inviting and comfortable to be in.

Tables, Chairs, Plants, Oh My!

If you cannot afford a patio, then work with the space you have. Set aside an area for the a tables chairs, and the canopy. Make sure you have a canopy for those hot sunny days, and even those rainy ones where you still want to go outside and enjoy the weather but not get wet.

Setting aside an area can also be used with things like potted plants. You could even build something like a small fence and have some plants growing through it to give the sitting area an enclosed feeling while keeping it pretty and fresh at the same time.

Et Cetera

Once the details are taken care of, the fence is mended, the house has been cleaned and/or painted, the tables and chairs are out, the plants are watered and everything is where it should be, take a step back and ask yourself what is missing. Do you want to add a firepit? A barbecue? Maybe a walkway from the backdoor to the seating area with some of those solar-powered lights to illuminate the pathway? Something like that. The possibilities are infinite and all it takes is time and some creativity and it will all come together, maybe even better than you thought it would.