Your backyard is more than just a patch of grass. It’s a place where time-honored traditions are celebrated and lasting memories are made. So we put together a few items that make backyards better in pretty much every scenario. We hope you enjoy it!
Here are five essentials every home’s backyard should have.
1. Outdoor Grill
Besides swimming, what is the most popular backyard activity? Yep, you got it. Barbecuing! So if you don’t have an outdoor grill, you really don’t have an outdoor living space that’s as functional as it should be.
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned barbeque when it comes to enjoying the outdoors and the convenience can’t be beaten.
Why pack up the family and the food, load-up your vehicle and haul everything to the park or beach when you can create the ultimate outdoor experience that’s customized to your exact wants and needs right in your own backyard? Exactly!
2. Eating Area
Having an outdoor grill just won’t be the same if you don’t have an outdoor eating area where everyone can sit and socialize while enjoying your world-famous barbeque now would it? Therefore, when you are thinking about how you want your new backyard to function, don’t forget to include an eating area.
An outdoor eating area is the glue that will bring your family and friends together and a gift that keeps on giving year round.
If you don’t include a designated eating area in your backyard design, where will everyone sit to eat and socialize? And where are you going to put your patio tables and chairs?
You don’t want everyone having to stand and eat do you? Of course not! So don’t forget this very important option in your initial design plans.
3. Fire Pit
Your backyard shouldn’t be something that can only be used part of the year. That’s where including a fire pit comes in. A fire pit will make your backyard usable even in the cold winter months.
You can gather around the fire to make S’mores (who doesn’t love S’mores), enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate, roast hot dogs, pop some popcorn the old fashioned way, tell stories, and share memories from days gone by.
No backyard would be complete without a fire pit!
Nothing can transform your backyard like the proper lighting can. Lighting is the one thing that can be adjusted to match any mood or create any type of atmosphere you want. The lighting is essential for nighttime swimming, socializing, eating, and even taking an unforgettable nighttime stroll.
Without the right lighting, any one of these things wouldn’t be as enjoyable and perhaps not even possible at all.
You have to keep in mind though that not all lighting is created equally. Shoving some Tiki torches or other types of lanterns in the ground can be great for effect, but it won’t give you the light you need to function in any given capacity, especially during the winter months when it gets dark so very early in the evening.
There’s no better way to make your backyard a more enjoyable place than with professional landscape lighting.
5. Patio Cover or Arbor
Your house might already have a patio cover or an arbor, if so, that’s great that means you can concentrate on the other backyard essentials. But if your home doesn’t have a patio cover or an arbor, then you owe it to yourself to consider including this very important feature as one of your must-have backyard essentials.
You might be asking yourself why you should consider a patio cover or an arbor, besides you don’t really need one do you?
You might not think so now, but they can be extremely useful for things like putting sensitive outdoor items under cover for when the weather gets bad without having to haul them inside and then putting them back out again when it clears up.
It’s also nice for shade from the blazing hot sun (not to mention avoiding sunburn), and protection from rain when an unexpected shower shows up and threatens to ruin your day.
It’s always best to include this option up front, while you’re designing your outdoor living space so you can properly add it to your plan. This will keep it from looking like an afterthought or so that other adjustments won’t have to be made (and cost more) if you add them later versus including them in your initial design.