In normal times, some 3.6 million Americans commute at least 90 minutes to work each day. In pandemic times, many people are working up to three hours more from the home than they did from the office. The demands of productivity have rarely been more intense for the American worker and their families. So when it comes to taking a break, people are looking for ideas on creating a backyard oasis to escape their driver’s seat, home office, or Zoom room.
And no matter what space you have outside your back door, there are ways to spruce it up, add whimsy, and create a great spot for relaxing or entertaining.
In the following article, we’ll take a look at five popular ways to add a little magic to your blah backyard.
1. Up Your Backyard Oasis
One of the most popular ways to get more out of your backyard is to add a firepit. These are great for relaxing in the evening, sharing a little warmth, and chatting around with friends.
The key to selecting a firepit is to ask yourself what your interest level is in maintaining a fire? If you’re not into getting dirty, look at affordable gas-powered options.
If you don’t mind having to light a real fire or cleaning up some ash, then take a look at installing a permanent one in stone as part of the existing patio.
Also, there are a wide variety of portable pits and chimneyed chimineas out there that look great. There are so many styles here that you can select a pit that fits your personal aesthetic, from rustic to modern.
2. Douse the Stress with a Water Feature
When it comes to an oasis, some water is a must. Depending on your price range, there are several ways to go about this. You can consult a landscape architect and install an organic-looking waterfall, or you can head to your local home store and buy a very nice bubbling feature out of the box.
Many people opt for something in between. They consult water feature design sights and work with stone and pumps readily available at a local store.
3. Forget the Water Feature, Add a Pool!
It’s more expensive than a firepit, but nothing beats a swimming pool for relaxation. And the exercise and entertaining options for pool owners are endless.
However, installing a pool is a big decision, so have a look at your local installers’ selection and cross-reference that with how much you want (or pay someone) to maintain it. And don’t forget, you’ll need to factor in a host of accessories when adding a pool.
4. Plants Are Your Pals
Whether you are looking for some bright colors or some soothing greens, adding some plants to your backyard is a great way to dial up the chill factor. A good tip is to decide before you design what you want to achieve with your planting.
Do you want a few butterflies fluttering about, or are you looking for shade? Knowing what you want to achieve will help you decide what plants to buy and where to let them take root.
5. Take a Seat
Creating a backyard oasis doesn’t have to be complicated. You can create a relaxing space just by adding a new table, sofa, or chairs. When considering outdoor furniture, make a list of what you want before you go to the store.
Also, try out the furniture before you buy it. Don’t set up your new outdoor living room and then find out it’s not comfortable. Lastly, make sure the furniture is easy to clean. Outside furniture is susceptible to pollen, dust, and debris from trees that can leave stains on the cushions and your clothes.
Relax and Enjoy
Maybe one of the best ways to get a handle on which backyard oasis is best for you is to consult an expert. Have someone take a look at your space and tell you what the options are for your budget.
If consulting an expert is too pricey, ask a friend with an eye for design to give you some ideas. It never hurts to ask.
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