Have you ever dreamed of your patio being a spot for fancy soirees, cookouts or a tranquil place for you to relax during the weekends? Did you know that only a select few number of people actually enjoy such privileges in their home backyards? It is possible to make enhancements to your patio in easy steps and make your dreams come true. Read on to find out how.
If you do your planning appropriately, your outdoor furniture can enable you to relax and unwind comfortably in the outdoor space. Below are some factors to consider when choosing various outdoor furnishings for the:
– Scale your furnishings to the available space: Purchasing a huge couch and placing it in a space meant for tables and chairs will most likely end up being a traffic hazard. Thus, go for those furnishings which will make it easy for people to move around in and leave the outdoor space open.
– Choose the all-weather designs: shop for the furniture designs that are built to endure weather elements. Most outdoor furniture contain fiber fillers which help to resist moisture and mildew, plus the fabrics have UV-protection.
The Open Air Kitchen
Eating barbecue straight from the grill is what epitomizes outdoor cooking. Other types of food prepared at an open air kitchen also seem to taste better. Most importantly, outdoor cooking helps to keep away all the humidity, heat and grease from the home’s interior. These benefits make the prospect of having outdoor kitchen look absolutely mouthwatering. Remember that you do not have to pay a lot of money for the cooking equipment. For instance, a stainless refrigerator (all-weather) should not cost you more than $400, while a small prep counter set-up will cost you around $1500.
Lighting and Deck
A good lighting system is vital in keeping the entire home compound safe and secure. Embedded and landscape lights help to illuminate walkways and stairways particularly during the night. Mount on fences, walls and posts. For the purposes of saving on electricity costs, it is always recommended that you go for the solar lighting option. These can be obtained in a variety of styles that would fit perfectly into different locations of your landscape. A well charged solar device can work for a maximum duration of 15 hours. Alternatively, you may purchase the low-voltage lighting systems (12-volt). These are both cheap and energy-efficient.
Put up a Fire Pit
If you are working on a very limited budget, you may purchase the cheap fire pit which consists of a metal bowl on a pedestal. On the other hand, if you are able to spare some $500-$1000, you may construct a strong stone fire pit on the surface of your backyard floor. The following are some ideas to get you started:
Read the local building codes: Find out what your area administration dictates on such kind of constructions and outdoor fires. If it is not against the law, build the fire pit in an area far away from shrubs, structures, low-hanging trees and flammable materials.
Pick the right materials: The stone used for construction must be uniform in size, shape, and quality. Though this will be slightly more expensive, their consistency will help you save a lot of time during the project.
Protect the interior of the pit: Consider covering its walls using the highly durable black stove spray paint. This type of paint not only dries fast, but it can also withstand temperatures of up to 6600 degrees centigrade.
Plants and Potting Bench
These are a must-have, especially for those people who enjoy gardening. Be creative when choosing your plants and flowers. Try mixing different textures and colors in one pot to come up with a unique display. More so, you may also use pots of different shapes and sizes or recycled household items such as metal washtubs and wooden crates for growing your plants. Some popular plants and flowers include pansies, cacti and other succulents.
The potting bench will act as storage space for your gardening tools. Find a nice spot for it and start stocking it with your gardening tools such as the gardening rake, pruners, shears and watering pail. Use its drawers to store your seeds, mulch and clay pots.
Note that the above activities are not by any means exhaustive. There are other splendid ways in which your patio can be enhanced. Honorable mentions include the following: adding shades (retractable awnings, sail shades and umbrellas), a fully stocked bar cabinet for late night parties, a stream or waterfall.