Undoubtedly, all of us could certainly use more time spent in nature with our loved ones and families. However, the sad reality is that not all of us can afford to do so. Due to odd working hours or some other reasons, people generally spend less time together. But do know that all of that can change.
If you have a backyard you can easily turn it into a beautiful family oasis. Here, you can implement every little element that will enable your family to fully enjoy your outdoor space. That being said, if you are considering this but you are not quite sure where to start, check some of these ideas out.
Build a shed
If you’re remodeling your backyard, above all else, you should make it functional. If you have a huge backyard designating a nook for a small tool shed should not be too difficult. Even if your backyard is small, you should definitely consider adding a shed. Ideally, this shed shouldn’t be used just for storing tools and gardening equipment.
Instead, you can also use it as a multipurpose space where you can set up your very own DIY station and let your creativity flow. Finally, if you decide to build your shed a bit taller, you can use the ceiling space for storing your bikes, sleds or skis.
Take your kitchen outside
Another fun idea is to try to put together an outdoor kitchen. Spending some quality time outside while cooking delicious food is something many are dreaming of. Here, depending on the size of your backyard, you can choose to either create a full-blown outdoor kitchen or set up just a simple grilling station. Anything in between is also welcome. If you choose to do this, not only will you offer your family fun new experience – kids simply love eating outside, but you’ll also have an excellent entertainment area for your friends, whenever the weather allows it.
Create a seating area
Furthermore, a cute little seating area should be an integral part of any backyard. That’s why you should consider creating one if you don’t already have it. Usually, seating areas are set up on patios or somewhere closer to your home. If you have an outdoor kitchen, ideally, you should set up your gathering spot between the kitchen and your house.
If you don’t have a patio or other similar setup, you can use quick set concrete. By using it, you will be able to create a nice base for your seating area. Once you do that, designing and making the space look nice and cozy is entirely up to you and your style and aesthetic.
Mix and match
Mixing and matching different design elements is another thing that can easily boost the look of your backyard. For instance, you can achieve a layered look in your backyard and give it some visual depth by planting plants of different sizes and shapes. Also, you can go for contrasting colors when choosing your outdoor furniture. Let’s say that you’ve decided to go with some sort of dark wood or even wrought iron for your patio furniture; if that’s the case, you can then choose seating pillows in some lighter and brighter shades.
Do something fun for the kids
Finally, you need to keep your kid in mind and make the backyard fun for them as well. Again, depending on the size of your yard, you can choose between implementing some of the kids’ favorites, such as monkey bars and jungle gyms, to swing sets, see-saws and sandboxes. If you decide to make a sandbox for your kids, do know that you can easily do so yourself. But please do keep in mind that you should consider making a covered one so that the sand stays clean and you don’t have to worry about any hidden surprises.
So, if you have your own outdoor space, don’t forget to use it to the max and show it some love. Remember, your outdoor area is just as important as you indoors, and it also offers you the opportunity to express yourself and indulge in spending time outside in the fresh air with your family and loved ones. That’s why you should take care of your backyard and turn it into a real family oasis.
Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.