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Transform Your Outdoor Living Space

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Use these Backyard Design Ideas Before Summer Begins

With the state of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, summer of 2020 was a lost time for all the traditional summer activities we hold dear. This year, with things looking to be on the up and up, is a great time to take advantage of the nice weather and spend time outdoors with your friends and family. Now is a time to make memories and put aside the stress that characterized much of the last year spent inside. What better way to accomplish this then to build a backyard environment that is both safe and comfortable. Make it easy for your family to enjoy the summer by transforming your backyard into a place you can’t wait to share together!

Understanding how your family likes to spend time outdoors will help you design your backyard. Maybe you’re an active family looking for a way to stay cool. Maybe you love to cook and entertain friends and family. Or, maybe you’re just looking for an inviting place to relax at the end of the day. Whatever your style, these backyard design ideas will surely inspire you to create the outdoor living space of your dreams:

Build a Deck

In terms of return on investment, building a deck is among the most profitable backyard remodel projects, as a well-constructed deck essentially adds square footage to your house. The versatility of a deck as an outdoor living space is unmatched except for what you can add to it. Maybe a jacuzzi tub has always been a dream of yours; a cool spring night with the jacuzzi turned up high underneath the open sky, perhaps with your favorite evening beverage in hand. Moments like these are easy to fathom when you have decided to bring the benefits of a new deck to your home

In addition to being a great place for the grill, picnic table, and outdoor easy chairs, the deck is an ideal location to leave your muddy shoes and dry off from all of those backyard water fights before entering the house.

Screened and Covered Porches

A shady, bug-free area outdoors is all anyone wants right? Screened and covered porches provide the best of both worlds! These types of porches can be built as an addition to a home or deck design and feature a style that’s all their own. A screened porch design can also be installed under a preexisting deck or home addition to turn unused space into a comfortable outdoor living area. Perfect for someone who wants to get the summer breeze in their hair while having a bit more protection from the elements.

Outdoor Kitchens and Cooking Spaces

What’s better than a barbecue in the summer? Now, imagine taking that cookout to the next level by bringing all the amenities of a kitchen outside! Outdoor kitchen designs feature everything from a built-in grill or smoker to a refrigerator, stove top, televisions, and much more! Eating outdoors is a staple of summertime, but air conditioning costs can become quite lofty if you continually run into and out of the house to complete your dinner preparations.

To help remedy this issue, full-service outdoor kitchens are becoming a popular addition to American backyards. Stone ovens, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops are favorite installations to create a classy, weather-resistant environment for your outdoor cook space. In addition, there are a number of trendy pergola design ideas that can offer further protection from the elements and a sun shield when cooking on warm afternoons. For those that love to entertain, an outdoor kitchen provides the perfect space to gather while food is being prepared.

Fires with Style

Fire pits have been the most classic and enjoyable way for humans to gather together outside for thousands of years. Whether you are camping out, relying on the fire for warmth or a cooking source, or if you’re just in your backyard enjoying the company of friends, a fire pit is a necessity that can provide years of togetherness. While the outdoor fire pit is a legendary piece of Americana and outdoor living, backyard patio designs have evolved far beyond the traditional ring of stones. Outdoor gas fireplaces provide warm accent lighting to illuminate a backyard patio or can be a stunning centerpiece of an outdoor living area; even better, they light with just a flick of a switch! Regardless how you choose to use them, outdoor gas fireplaces are the perfect spot to relax after the sun goes down.

Design a Pass-Through Window

If you want to eat more meals outdoors this summer but do not want to commit to an outdoor kitchen, adding a pass-through window can be a simple alternative. A pass-through window would open directly from the deck and/or backyard into the kitchen, allowing you to pass food and dishes back-and-forth without constantly opening and shutting the door.

Whatever you decide to create for your own personal backyard oasis, make sure it gets done and done right. Call the professionals for a quote and to have your questions answered by the professionals with years of experience.


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