7 Amazing Improvements to Create a
Relaxing Backyard Retreat
By Derek Lotts
Summer has rolled around, so naturally, we tend to spend more time outdoors. But, before you can relax in your backyard, you need to make sure it is comfortable and cozy not just for you but also for any guests who decide to drop by. To help you out, we’ve gathered some great ideas that will help you in the process of transforming your backyard into a relaxing outdoor oasis.
Clear out the clutter to create a blank slate
The perfect way to start your backyard makeover is to create a blank slate so you know exactly what you’re working with. In order to achieve that, you’ll need to declutter the area and remove anything that doesn’t belong out there. That includes removing all the toys and playground equipment such as swings and slides in case your children are too old to use them, relocating all the bikes and garden tools, as well as giving your outdoor area a thorough clean. Be sure to remove any unnecessary items either by selling or donating them. That way, you’ll free up some space so you can start designing your outdoor oasis.
Use natural materials for a timeless feel
After you’ve created a blank canvas, it’s time to find ways to freshen up your outdoor space and tend to anything that needs to be repaired or replaced. If your walls are in need of a makeover, opt for cost-effective external wall cladding – the look of natural stone will give a timeless feel to your walls, and it’s sure to look great on both traditional and modern homes. Include natural materials in the rest of your backyard by adding hanging chairs made of rattan, teak wood coffee table, and a hammock made from organic cotton to spruce up your outdoor oasis and make it more comfy and cozy in an eco-friendly way.
Create a shady spot as a relief from the sun
While it’s true that spending time outdoors positively influences your wellbeing and health, prolonged sun exposure won’t do anything good for your skin. Therefore, you’ll need to create a shady spot in your backyard where you’ll be able to relax, meditate, or sleep. Mature trees are the perfect way to provide some shade, but an umbrella or a beautiful pergola will also do the trick. To make this shady area cozier, decorate with some cute pillows for an added feeling of comfort, and use colors to make the whole space pop. Add a cozy rug to tie the whole lounge area together and create a zone that is perfect for unwinding.
Make stunning upgrades to your backyard deck or patio
Designing a gorgeous backyard retreat can be as easy as upgrading your patio/deck or building one if space allows. You want to ensure you’ve got proper tools (tape measure, chalk line, power drill, etc.) for tackling different projects, from fire tables to benches to outdoor storage lockers. For woodworking projects, you’ll also need to get your hands on the best portable table saw you can find. Installing it is 30% less expensive than composite plus it’ll give your outdoor area that stunning, natural feel. A good rule of thumb is to check out the reviews on reputable websites before making a purchase to save time and money.
Introduce plants for a relaxing outdoor seating area
When designing your patio, plants are the one thing you should definitely include. Plants generally provide numerous benefits for your health, and while you’re soaking in the beautiful sunshine and boosting your vitamin D levels, you can also enjoy the luscious fragrances and vibrant colors of gorgeous patio plants. Flowering shrubs will fill the air with their intoxicating scents when the night falls down, while a pergola covered with vines will perform double duty since it’ll protect you from the sun during the day while also keeping your outdoor lounge chic and stylish. You can also take up gardening. If you manage to select the right plants and learn how to compost, you’ll be able to grow an eco-friendly backyard garden that will reward you with gorgeous blooms.
Add a water feature to create a soothing atmosphere
Another way you can create a peaceful sanctuary in your backyard is to add a water feature. Whether you opt for a small koi pond with fish, a beautiful fountain, or a garden pond, a water feature is sure to create a soothing atmosphere and provide a comfortable and relaxing space for practicing yoga or meditation early in the morning. A great stress reliever, the calming sound of trickling water will help you detach from the outside world and take your mind to a tropical paradise, leaving you refreshed and restored.
Build a fire pit to up the coziness factor
Every cozy and relaxing outdoor area can benefit from adding a fire pit. Perfect for bringing peaceful energy, fire pits make the perfect focal point of the backyard and serve as a gathering place for relaxing and unwinding after the sun sets. What could be more soothing than cuddling with your loved one while enjoying the warmth and watching the flames dance? You can get a portable fire pit or build your own if you’re feeling crafty.
Designing an outdoor space you can relax in is not an easy feat. However, with hard work, effort, and some help from your family, you’re sure to transform your backyard into a place that oozes with serenity and create a refuge you can escape to whenever you need some “me” time.
About the author:
Derek Lotts is an experienced freelance writer and researcher. His main areas of interest are small business, home improvement, and sustainable living. He strongly believes in the power of sharing knowledge and ideas through the mediums of modern technology.