Do you think of your outdoor space as an escape from the stress and routine of everyday life? Would you love to take an extended staycation right in your own back yard? Does the rest of the family have a hard time dragging you inside at the end of the day?
If you said NO to any of those questions, then you’re in the right place! Today we’re sharing resources to help you turn those answers around.
Not every yard is a gem, but yours may simply be a diamond in the rough. With a little polish – and some smart landscaping ideas – you can find yourself loving your yard and every second you spend in it.
We’ve collected a few of our most popular blogs on a range of topics that all lead the same end: a living space that you can call your own, and that you’ll love throughout all four seasons.
1. How To Create An Outdoor Room That Has Everything But The Walls
This one is a great place to start! If you aren’t used to thinking of your yard as a “living space” then we’re about to help change your mind. Instead of bringing the outside in – with houseplants, cut flowers, herb gardens and the like – we want you to bring the inside out!
That can mean anything from the kitchen, to a fireplace or cozy living room. Yes, that’s all possible – electricity, music, running water and all. The wonderful thing about an outdoor room is that not only does it extend your living space, but it offers a host of positive physical and emotional benefits as you connect more deeply with Mother Nature.
2. 5 Ways To Turn Your Back Yard Into A Relaxing Oasis
If your back yard is synonymous with Saturday chores, then you may want to rethink your landscape design. Who says you need to be out there mowing the lawn and pulling weeds? Wouldn’t it be great if you could step outside and feel as if you’d been transported to your own personal oasis?
That might be easier than you think. Start by considering the elements that will contribute to your sense of peace and relaxation. We’ve shared a few right here, but don’t stop there, because this one is a two part series! And it continues with the next resource on this list.
3. 4 (More!) Ways Create A Relaxing Back Yard Oasis
Yes we’ve written two blogs on the topic, but we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. In the first part we talked about adding elements to create an atmosphere that most suits you. In this one, we’re talking about how to create a pleasing sensory experience.
Sometimes that’s as simple as the colors you choose, or the lawnmower you hide in the shed! There’s no one right answer to creating a relaxing space, but this should get you started thinking about what it means to YOU. Then it’s up to you to take that first step.
4. Transform Your Outdoor Living Experience With The Right Seating
What indoor living space would be complete without seating? Your kitchen chairs and barstools offer a place to sit and eat, or talk or slice a carrot. Your living room sofa and chaise offer a place to lounge or gather with company. Even hallways and entryways have benches and side chairs! So why wouldn’t your outdoor space?
The right seating can completely transform how you use a space, whether it’s for dining, entertaining, sunbathing or catching your breath after a bit of gardening. For real outdoor living, we’ve got plenty of ideas for making your space comfortable, enjoyable, fully functional, and of course, beautiful.
5. Outdoor Lighting Ideas To Create Your Own Personal Outdoor Paradise
Inside your home, you don’t stop using the kitchen or living room the moment the sun goes down. So why let evening prevent you from spending time in your outdoor space?
Lighting is the simple solution to extending your enjoyment of your yard long into the starlit hours. But lighting is a lot more than just functional. It can create myriad effects, from moonlighting to spotlighting. Use it to set the mood and create the ambiance you desire. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to make your space a lot more livable and certainly more enjoyable.
6. Planning And Designing The Perfect Swimming Pool For Your Outdoor Space
Ready to take your outdoor design up a notch? Think about how adding a pool can enhance your enjoyment and use of the space. If you’re thinking, “My yard is too small,” or “It just won’t work with that slope,” or anything but, “Yes, absolutely!” then we invite you to read this and think differently.
Pools, like all of landscape design, can be created to suit your space and your needs. Everything from the placement to the shape to the construction materials come together to give you exactly what will work for you. Take a look at these ideas, browse some photos, and imagine what you could achieve in your yard.
7. 6 Convincing Reasons To Add A Pond To Your Yard
We’re strong believers that every great outdoor space needs a water element. That can be as simple as a garden bubbler or fountain, a portable patio pond, or a pondless waterfall. We also think that there is nothing quite as wonderful as a pond, whether you believe it yet or not!
A pond can be surprisingly low-maintenance, vastly beneficial and incredibly enjoyable. Whether you’ve already considered adding a pond to your perfect outdoor space or you’ve convinced yourself it’s not for you, we recommend reading this and seeing how it may add to your perspective. Many an “indoor person” has been converted to an outdoor lover thanks to the addition of a pond. That could be you!
We hope that you’ve begun to see how your yard can become an outdoor living space, an extension of your home that you enjoy day and night, season after season. Contact us for a consultation if you would like to talk about creating the right space for you. We’re here to answer questions, explore possibilities, and show you how you could be enjoying the outdoors more.