When you think about upgrading your home, do you immediately think of changing the kitchen countertops or the flooring in the bedrooms? What about the backyard? Backyards are often put on the back burner, but you pay for the space, so you should enjoy it. If you don’t love your backyard the way it is, here are some upgrades you can do to make it the peaceful spot you’re looking for.
1. Fire pit
Whether you choose to build your own custom stone fire pit or buy a premade metal one, you can never go wrong with one. Fire pits allow you to enjoy nights outside that might have been too cold otherwise, and they help you to do fun family activities like making smores.
Fire pits are also a beautiful design element. If you choose to install a gas fire pit, you can line it with colored crystals or glass, which look beautiful even when the fire isn’t going. Additionally, if you’re going with a more traditional stone pit, you can choose stones of different colors that help create a beautiful gathering spot.
Sometimes you want to sit outside and enjoy the sun, and other times you want to sit outside and listen to the rain. What you don’t always want is to have the sun or rain directly on you. That’s where a retractable pergola awning comes in.
Retractable awnings are typically built with a solid framework and have waterproof fabric that can be either mechanically or manually opened or closed. Additionally, the fabric can be secured in place, so you don’t have to worry about it getting blown out of place in windstorms.
When you sit outside in your backyard, you want to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. A fountain can be a big help with that. It will block out the sounds from your surrounding neighbors and help calm and relieve any built-up tension you might have.
A foundation also creates an inviting ecosystem for wildlife, so you might find that you have more fun visitors to your backyard.
Lighting in your backyard has multiple benefits. The first is that it allows you to safely get around at night. Whether you want to walk to the fire pit or a garden space, you don’t always want to carry a flashlight with you. Lighting up a pathway will help you get to your destination without worry.
Another benefit of outdoor lighting is that it can create a calming ambiance and enhances your outside decor. When choosing lights, choose soft lights that don’t overwhelm the space or hurt your eyes.