To some, a backyard is simply an extension of their property, for others a backyard is untapped potential. While pools, hot tubs, and trampolines are nice, the real entertainment potential of a backyard includes the sum of all of its parts. Here are three ways to transform your mundane backyard into an entertainment hotspot that will be the envy of your block.
Patios and Decks
A deck or patio makes a huge impact on a home’s outdoor space. A large majority of decks and patios in the United States are outdated and in need of serious restoration and repairs. Homeowners that install or restore decks and patios see a serious return-on-investment when it comes time to sell their home; next to a privacy fence it is one of the best investments a homeowner can make for their home’s exterior. Aside from the value generated by a patio or deck, homeowners can enjoy a clean, comfortable platform to entertain guests, relax, and of course grill.
Grilling has become somewhat of an American pastime as nearly all Americans own a grill, barbeque, or smoker. In fact, up to 60% of Americans are using their grills year-round regardless of weather conditions. A few years back, deep-frying a turkey for Thanksgiving became a growing fad; that trend is slowly being replaced by grilling Thanksgiving turkeys instead. While a patio or deck makes a perfect home for a grill, some grill-masters are upping the ante when it comes to their outdoor cooking experience. Outdoor kitchens are becoming one of the hottest new features for home buyers. Outdoor kitchens typically have stonework counterspace, new gas grills or propane grill models, and some kind of refrigeration system. Outdoor kitchens can turn any backyard into a restaurant that is perfect for entertaining guests or just cooking out with the family.
Blending Comfort and Style
Outdoor patio furniture sets are specially treated to stand up to some of the harshest weather conditions while remaining beautiful and comfortable. Style and comfort are embodied within the philosophy of patio furniture sets; in this regard, many homeowners are using these patio furniture sets as a centerpiece to frame their backyard entertainment space. Fire pits and outdoor heaters can create a sphere of comfort while patio umbrellas keep guests dry whether in rain, snow, or sleet.
There is a difference between a house and a home: a house is a structure and a home is an environment. Homeowners that don’t realize the potential of their backyards are limiting their environment to the confines of indoors. Take time to make a plan and determine the best course of action to tame the outdoors and transform a backyard into an extension of your home.