When it’s time to step outside, a thoughtfully designed backyard can deliver instant tranquility, as well as provide a special place for entertaining family and friends. Whether you’re looking to add appeal before putting your home on the market or making improvements to your new backyard, here are a few ways to elevate your outdoor living area.
Make a splash
From the mesmerizing sound of a waterfall to gazing at the reflections of a pond, a water feature is an excellent way to transform your backyard with an idyllic focal point. You don’t need a large space to make a big impact with a reflecting pool off your terrace or patio, and the best part is that it can also improve the view from inside your home.
Outdoor kitchens are the ultimate for al fresco entertaining. In addition to a built-in grill, your terrace can be equipped with other exciting features, like a pizza oven, wet bar and stove top, all of which make a memorable setting for dinner parties and family barbecues.
A lanai is essentially the same as having an open-air living room that functions equally well for lounging and entertaining. Have some fun designing an intimate space that suits your style and you’ll enjoy an extension of your home that benefits from a fresh breeze.
Light up the night
When you spend evenings on the terrace, the outdoor lighting doesn’t have to be limited to your seating area. From well lights illuminating your yard’s beautiful trees to bollard lights in the garden, you’ll have a majestic backdrop after the sun goes down.
Add some privacy
Even if you already have a private backyard, designing a closed-off space within can make it feel cozier while adding visual appeal. Plus, there are so many different ways to do it, from tall hedges to a lattice trellis covered by vines. Outdoor curtains are another favorite option and can be hung from a wooden pergola to create a stunning seating area.