Most of the people see their homes in terms of its interior. In the end, we spend majority of our time inside, sitting near the TV or lying in our bed.
Truth be told, this is a really bad approach. Whenever you have a chance, you should sit in your garden or near the pool, catch some air and sun.
Unfortunately, a lot of us hate sitting outside given that we haven’t took the necessary measures to make our exterior enjoyable.
With these 6 tips you can turn around the situation and create a beautiful backyard (or front yard) where you can enjoy some quality time.
Outdoor lighting on a budget
One of the most common reasons why people do not like staying outside is because it doesn’t feel homey. We have created an image that the perfect family surrounding should be inside the house, in a warm and cozy living room. As a way to recreate this ideal, you can use outdoor lighting.
Not only does proper lighting make your time outside enjoyable, it also prolongs it. When you finish your work day, it is already too late. You have a couple of hours till the nightfall. With proper light, this is no longer an issue.
However, do not go overboard. You do not have illuminated your entire property. Instead, focus on the backyard and the area where you prefer spending time with your friends. It will save you time for maintenance and reduce your bills.
Utilize the pool area
Truth of the matter is that not everybody has a pool. But, those who have it could probably do much more with it.
Pool area should be used both for swimming and relaxing in the evening. Naturally, make sure that everything is hygienically correct. If you are not maintaining your pool properly, the entire experience will be lackluster.
There are different things which you can do here, all depending on your budget.
One of the most awesome ideas is creating a relaxation area within the pool (as long as it leaves you have enough space for swimming. But, it doesn’t have to be so extravagant. You can do miracles with a nice garden set placed between the plants.
Introduce more plants
Plants are a great way to give soul to your backyard. If you are not hasty, I would even suggest planting a tree. It is a really symbolic way to mark your time at the house and it will be amazing for your kids too. In the end, there is nothing sweeter than plucking the fruits from your own apple tree!
We often neglect the fact that the plants are one of the simplest and cheapest ways to decorate your backyard. You will have to start by getting some good grass and few well positioned plants/trees. Finally, it is nice to round it up by adding hedges. It will completely eliminate that feeling of concrete and give you an all-natural feeling.
Placing a great, wooden table
Your backyard should always have a natural feeling. That is the point of this article.
What better way to accomplish that than with introduction of a great wooden table. It is much better than its modern, plastic counterparts sold by big brands and it will play a nice role together with all the plant life.
There is another important function for such piece of furniture – it can assemble entire family! Furthermore, it takes us back to the days when we were less modern and when family lunch was still a thing. It is a real retro flashback.
It is also worth mentioning that plain wooden tables are really durable and you can get them cheap. You may even build them yourself. By using them, you can easily forego intricate design and opt for functionality instead. This will save you a lot of money and the best thing is that nobody will take it against you.
Add some heating
As mentioned before, there are numerous things that deter people from spending more time outdoors. One of them is heating.
Similarly to light, heating is necessary during the late afternoon hours. Here, you can go with table heater, fire bowls, patio heaters etc. There is a long list of different options. If you have the money, fireplace can be just the thing for you. On the other hand, simple heaters can do the trick as well.
Depending on what you choose, your heater can just be an accessory or a crucial part of the design. If you wish to create something that will last for a longer time then, fire pits are just the thing. Stone foundations will go well with other natural elements and will provide a solution that doesn’t break or requires additional maintenance.
Choosing the right path
In order to wrap it up and connect everything together, we require a good path that will stretch throughout the backyard.
Again, I would go against using concrete. This is just the thing we wish to avoid. Instead, opt for gravel paths. They are a great fit for your new exterior. At the first glance, they might seem as a bit sloppy, hard to maintain solution. But, unlike concrete paths, they will never get damaged. It is a one-time investment that will stay forever.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to create your fantasy garden. We usually tend to go overboard and invest a lot of money into complex and modern things. But, as it turns out, simple ones are every bit as good.
As someone who loves natural solutions, I have made a natural selection for you!
Nick Stoyanov is a copywriter and content strategist at forpumps.com.au – Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.