In this day and age, where more and more people are using their backyards as Entertaining areas, it’s more important than ever to not just concentrate on the gardens on your property, but also your outdoor spaces, which can be used for dining, relaxing, reading, watching TV, meditating, practicing yoga, and more.
Clear some space, choose appropriate furniture pieces, set the right mood, and you will quickly have an entertaining area you’ll be thrilled to use year round. Read on for some tips you can follow to create the perfect backyard space over the coming weeks and months.
Set a Budget and Create a Plan
One of the first steps is to create a budget for your yard. It’s easy to get carried away when thinking about all the fun things you can do with the space, and checking out products online and in bricks and mortar stores, but unfortunately your bank account just might not be able to keep up with that. As such, determine a total budget you feel comfortable spending, and then work backwards to allocate funds to various different elements of the project. This might include labor costs, if you need to hire contractors to help; fees for furniture, plants, and the like; and rubbish removal expenses.
Next, it’s time to create a plan for your backyard makeover. Even if your space is only tiny, it’s still important to plot out exactly what you want to achieve, before you begin spending money. Start by thinking about how you want to actually use the space. For example, do you need an area for dining, reading, watching TV on an under-cover screen, meditating and relaxing, playing with the kids on a paved surface, or something else? Perhaps you need to create multiple defined spaces to cater to varying needs, too. Once you understand what functionality or effect you’re after, you can come up with a more concrete plan on how and where to fit each required space.
When planning, make sure you take into consideration the contour of the land and which way it is facing as well, so you can best utilize the area and the light. Also make sure you think about the weather conditions that outdoor items will need to contend with over time.
Declutter Your Yard
Next, if you’re like most people, in order to create the entertaining space of your dreams, you’ll first need to get rid of a lot of the clutter that is taking up room, causing an eyesore, and stressing you out. Try to look around your yard with a critical eye and look for items you and your family have not used for years and/or you simply don’t like any more.
For example, you could have a swing set your children have long grown out of playing on, or a lounge chair that was never comfortable in the first place. You might even have large items taking up too much space in your yard that you really don’t need anymore, such as a boat, trailer, or RV.
If you struggle with the thought of getting rid of things you once loved and/or that you spent a lot of money on, keep in mind that there are plenty of needy people out there who could really benefit from you passing on your unused goods. For instance, you could donate your boat or RV to a charitable organization that can sell it to make money for the less fortunate, or you can collect smaller unwanted items and hand them in to a thrift shop.
To declutter your yard, also look for broken or expired goods which just need to be thrown out or recycled; and examine whether there are any garden beds which need a makeover. You may need to cut back certain trees or shrubs, relocate greenery which has gotten too big for its space, or even replant a garden bed all over again if the flowers and other plants within it have died.
Match Your Decorations and Furniture to Your Home
Lastly, as you start searching for decorations and furniture for your entertaining space, keep thinking about the style of your home, both internally and externally, and how you might match it or at least ensure your purchases complement the look.
Consider the architectural style of your property, the color palette used inside and out, and what kind of overall vibe you want to achieve. Doing this will help you create a harmonious, cohesive entertaining space, and will ensure things flow nicely when you, your family, and your guests move from one space in the home to another.
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