Just because winter is upon us, doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favorite pastime: enjoying your backyard oasis. In the summer months, you probably love to entertain with block parties and family gatherings around the pool and grill. While you can’t enjoy the pool for several more months, there are other ways to keep the party going. Here’s how.
As the #1 requested outdoor design feature today, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits and fire places are quickly regaining popularity as more than just a staple of campground life. Updating your backyard with the luxury, comfort and recreational benefits of a fire pit can allow you to enjoy the cooler months in the great outdoors and privacy of your back yard.
You don’t have to settle for any old pit in the ground, though. Today’s fire features are modern, sleek, and streamlined to meet your style and budget needs. From fire bowls to custom made Fire glass beads in a variety of geometric shapes, you can create the ambiance and serenity you’ve always wanted. Just don’t forget the s’mores and hot dogs!
Who says you have to hibernate inside or use up precious heat and electricity with a portable stove? When you have a complete outdoor kitchen, you can make bring that summer feel to your meals any time of the year. With built-in grills and fridges, flanked by granite countertops and sinks, your outdoor kitchen is a reflection of your style and how you like to live.
Incorporating plenty of seating, through patio sets as well as retaining walls and built-in stone seating, means you can keep the conversation going outside with guests while you prep. Even though the weather is cooler, you can still enjoy a full meal cooked on an outdoor kitchen, with seating around the fire pit to keep you warm. Bonus: pergolas, gazebos, arbors add another element to the overall design.
Even at night, you can enjoy your outdoors when you have a great landscape lighting plan in place. Different areas call for different types of lighting, just like inside the home. to add a little accent of light to the pathways that are difficult to access, you could use low voltage lights. For romantic lighting over a table for two, choose low lumen rating bulbs, but for a well-lit area for the kids to play, go with brighter LED bulbs that will incidentally use up 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs.
Line walkways and patios with staggered path lights, adding in some ambient lighting within the beds for depth, recommends the Landscaping Network. Accentuate architectural details you want to highlight with strategically placed light fixtures. If you are looking to imput a security system, it might be worth getting in touch with lighting control specialists so you are able to get the most of our your lighting system.
Pavilions are enclosures that afford some protection from the elements and can keep you warm in the winter. Through the use of bistro blinds, sliders and French doors, you can incorporate many ways to enter and exit. From full enclosures to partial ones, you have many options available to you when constructing your pavilion. An enclosure placed near the kitchen and patio offers a whole new dimension to your backyard for entertaining.
From outdoor kitchens to fire features, it’s easier than ever to enjoy your backyard in the cooler months. Call Outdoor Home Living for a consult on how you can achieve this balance on your property.