The desire to spend more time outdoors increases as the weather gets warmer. Upgrading your backyard might be high on your to-do list, but you avoid it because it feels overwhelming. However, having a welcoming and functional outdoor space will allow you to spend warmer months relaxing outside. Creating a beautiful outdoor space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing can be challenging. However, with the right approach, anyone can create an outdoor space that meets their wants and needs.
Assess your space
Assessing your outdoor space is the first step in creating a personal oasis. Look at the size and shape of your outdoor area to consider the types of furniture and plants that best fit your layout. Consider the amount of sunlight in the area to determine the best plants for your space, what direction to place your furniture, and if you need or want sun protection in your backyard. Then, decide what you want the focal point of your space to be and develop around that.
Decide your must haves
Knowing what you must have in your outdoor space will help you create the rest of the area around it easily. Start by thinking about how you plan to use your developing space. For example, if it is a space that you will be having guests over regularly, you might want a nice dining area or a firepit. If it is a space where you will be spending time playing with your children, add a trampoline or low-maintenance greenery. Some common must-haves for outdoor spaces include seating, lighting, shade structures, and a fireplace.
Determine a budget
Creating a beautiful outdoor space can be expensive if a strict budget is not followed. Before making purchases and decisions, decide how much money you want to spend on this project. Once you figure out how much you want to spend overall, start allocating amounts of that number to specific areas, starting with your must-have items. Spend time researching the costs of developing your backyard and consider these options for long-term savings, such as low-voltage lighting or turf. Having a general idea of areas that will be expensive and where you can cut costs will allow you to make a more specific, realistic budget.
Pick your furniture
Furniture is often a common focal point for outdoor spaces. Furniture allows a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the outdoors while adding style and personality to your area. One thing to consider when determining what outdoor furniture to include in your space is durability. Consider the weather your furniture will be exposed to and purchase materials that can withstand sun, wind, rain, and other conditions. Be sure that whatever furniture you get is comfortable and inviting. If you do not like the furniture you have, you will not want to spend time sitting in it! Furniture pieces can express your style as well. Consider what you wish your overall vibe to be and use your furniture as pieces to develop that aesthetic.
Add personal touches
Backyards are seen as extensions of the home and should be personal to those who will be spending the most time there. Add artwork and decor that matches your personality and reflects the style you are going for in the outdoor space. Outdoor rugs, lanterns, and paint easily reflect personal style and make your area homier. Add potted plants or a succulent wall to bring natural beauty to the space. Choose personal touches that relate to the theme of your backyard. For example, if you love having guests over to watch sporting events, consider adding a television and refrigerator to your outdoor space.
After all your hard work, be sure to enjoy it! Invite friends or family over to welcome the new space. Consider having food and drinks for loved ones to enjoy in your space. If you want to keep it simple, encourage everyone to bring a signature dish and make it a potluck. If you are looking for entertaining ideas while everyone is checking out your new space, consider playing lawn games. They are a fun way to spend time outdoors while enjoying the warm weather. Cornhole, giant Jenga, and croquet are all fun options for guests of all ages.