Hardworking folks all want one common thing after a long and tiring day at work: a calm and relaxing environment, perhaps with a massage to soothe the tired muscles. Most of us yearn for a vacation every year but not everyone has the luxury or time to go on vacations and the next best thing is to have a tranquil and serene getaway right at the heart of your home, your backyard to be exact. Do more than just adding a water feature, make your backyard a refuge and an escape from the busy city life with these tips.
First things first, survey your backyard. Maybe a simple cleanup and repair of items and structures can already provide you the haven you’re looking for. Check which items you want to keep, maybe a handed down, family heirloom bench that you want to pass down to your child? Throw away furniture that is beyond repair or upcycle it into something else. Knockdown structures that are old and decrepit or if it can still be used, give it new life by painting, sanding, and repairing it. Clear out the clutter in your landscape by pruning overgrown trees and plants, pulling out weeds and taking out dead or rotting plants.
When you have a clean slate, it becomes easier for you to see how you can transform your backyard into something beautiful. If necessary and you have the budget, get the services of a certified landscape designer to do the heavy lifting for you.
Don’t just add chairs, add chaise lounges, bench rockers, and even hammocks. Swing chairs, as well as daybeds with retractable canopies will create a relaxing atmosphere in your backyard. Pick your outdoor furniture that makes it irresistible for you and your family to sit back and lounge around in your backyard.
If you have a wonderful scenery such as one that offers the view of city lights at night or that overlooks the ocean, use it to your advantage. Don’t block it with trees or outdoor furniture. Plan your layout so that you can sit in your backyard and watch the sunrise and sunset. Keep your landscape and furnishings simple and let your view be the center of attraction.
While it’s nice to sunbathe once in a while, it’s not nice to get sunburned. Utilize your backyard even when it’s raining or scorching hot. While an umbrella can provide some temporary shade, a better way to shade your backyard is to get sail shades, retractable awnings or canopy. You can also get trees that have large leaf canopies to provide natural shade. Otherwise, you can have an oasis in the middle of your backyard by building a pergola or gazebo.
Plan your landscape where you’ll feel like you’re transported back to the time you went to Hawaii. However, don’t just put in plants you saw from your vacation. Look out for native plants and flowers that are better suited for your terrain and climate. Create variation by making a lush garden and not just planting similar plants uniformly. Also, if you’re not allergic to strong scents, add a natural fragrance to your garden by planting fragrant flowers and fruits. Not only will your backyard look colorful, you’ll likely attract different species of birds and butterflies to create a sense of tranquility and calmness. This is where the services of a landscape designer come in handy and if you cannot afford to hire one, you can ask around your local nursery store for suggestions.
A fire pit is becoming an integral part of most outdoor setups. If you don’t have one built in your backyard, you can always get a portable one. Just imagine cuddling with your partner on a cold night while you watch the flames or gaze at the stars. Get some blankets out or make some good old-fashioned smores to snack on while you sit there and enjoy the presence of your partner.
You can also add a heated flooring or a hot tub to soothe your aching muscles. Don’t let the cold weather hamper your lounging time in your backyard and dampen your spirits.
After a long day at work, you may want to relax in a calm and quiet environment shielded from your neighbors. Check with your municipality on guidelines of fencing in your property. Add tall hedges and trees to cover your backyard and provide you privacy. If your local municipality does not allow for tall structures, you can use movable screens instead.