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How To Design The Perfect Backyard For Your Home

Written by:
Allen Brown
Photography:
Carles Rabada

We are all looking for more outdoor space to make our lives healthier and easier. Whether it is a place where we can party, relax or just do some gardening, having an outside area has become more of a need than just a luxury. With all this in mind, you might be thinking about how to design your backyard but are not sure about what to do. Many of us face a huge challenge when trying to design a backyard that truly works for our families and lifestyles. To help you with this task, we have put together some tips for you to make the most of your backyard.

Install Fire Pit

Fire pits are a great way to add some style and create an outdoor atmosphere like no other. It is the perfect place to sit with friends and family, tell stories and enjoy each other's company. To make this place even more unique, you can consider getting one of the Custom Fire Pits, offered by some manufacturers, that will stand out from the others. These fire pits can be of any design and color so you will get an exclusive pit that matches the style of your home perfectly. It will be one of the most talked-about features in your backyard and don't be surprised if your friends try to copy you. There is no better feeling than sitting by a nice warm fire while watching the stars at night, so don't hesitate and start researching for fire pits that will meet your needs.

Create A Water Feature

You should also think about how to create a place where you can enjoy nature. A great way to do this is by installing a water feature in your backyard. When talking about these, we have fountains and ponds. With fountains, you can start small with plants around the fountain or you could get an ornamental one to make a statement. You may also add candles or statues around it to create the perfect setting. Ponds are more popular, with many shapes and sizes available. These are bigger water features that can be used for decoration, fishkeeping, or just for relaxation. Whichever idea you choose, these elements have proven to be very effective when it comes to grabbing people's attention and making them enjoy their time outside even more than before.

backyard outdoor pool image © Kazuo ota 

Create Unique Seating

If you want to make people spend even more time outside, then think about creating unique seating. This can be achieved by having different small tables, chairs, and benches placed around the yard. People will naturally come up with reasons to use them so you don't have to worry about entertaining your guests. There are many types of tables that you can choose from but the most popular are bistro sets that will give everyone enough space while still being social. These are excellent for smaller spaces as they don't offer a lot of seats but they look pretty nice. If you have some money to spare, then consider getting some modern chairs or couches, especially if there is a plan for hosting summer parties in the backyard often.

Add Some Plants

While installing these features, you should also consider adding some plants. This will give your backyard that "lived in" look and feel like it has been there for years. You can go with an all green theme or add some flowering shrubs to make the place brighter in general. Just be sure not to overdo it so your guests won't think about how much work it takes to maintain this yard all the time. When choosing what kind of plant you want, think about the environmental conditions first. Picking hardy ones is very important because you don't want them to die when things get hot out there.

Consider Outdoor Lighting

The last thing to add is some outdoor lighting. This will help you when the sun goes down and makes everything a lot more interesting. Your fire pit, water feature, eating area, and seating arrangements should all be highlighted by different types of lighting that match their style. To make your backyard even more unique, install a few solar lights to give it a nice spark at night. This will grab people's attention and add a modern touch to the overall design. If you have enough money left after all this or if you want something extra-special in your backyard, then consider installing an LED screen for playing movies outside on special occasions. It all comes down to what you want and how much work you are willing to put into this project.

Add Some Outdoor Accessories

If you want to make your backyard more stylish and unique, then consider adding some outdoor accessories. This can be done by getting different things that will match the design while also offering functionality at the same time. You can also get a special trashcan or storage shed that goes with everything else in your yard. If you spend time outside often, then it is only natural for you to get something like this for keeping things organized and looking great at the same time. The torches are great for adding some atmosphere at night and they can also be used to keep the bugs away. Mirrors with shelves are another excellent example of making your backyard look bigger than it is while offering some space for cups, plates, candles, or anything else you may need in the future. 

Install a Grill for Outdoor Cooking

Your outdoor cooking is going to be elevated to the next level once you have your very own grill. This can be done in many ways including building one from scratch or buying an existing one and making it work with the design. No matter what approach you choose, this will add a lot of value to your backyard and make everyone love spending time there even more than before. You can also get smaller grills that only give people enough room for burgers or hotdogs if you don't want something big like a full barbecue setup. They do come with a portable stand but they are not as powerful as a full-sized model so keep that in mind when making this purchase.

These are some of the steps you can take to make your backyard stand out and feel like a separate part of the house. Once you establish which elements are important for this project, go over the list again and choose items that combine functionality with style. Pick any idea that fits into your style while ensuring the successful completion of your backyard design projects.


By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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