Whether you have a large back yard with lots of landscaping or a small yard with limited space, you can create inviting atmosphere. By adding great outdoor features, your back yard can become the perfect place to relax and entertain.
Build a Cozy Fire Pit
A fire pit will add warmth and light to your back yard and create a cozy gathering spot for chilly afternoons and evenings. It’s easy to build and much less expensive than an outdoor fireplace. It doesn’t take up much space, so you can build it anywhere in the yard, even on your patio or deck. If you have a swimming pool, a nearby fire pit will provide welcome warmth for swimmers, especially in the evenings. Since a fire pit is built low to the ground without a chimney, it doesn’t require ventilation or local building permits that must be approved by the city. It’s basically a firebox with low surrounding walls made from non-combustible materials like concrete, stone or brick. If you’re interested in a backyard fire pit, look for free contractor leads in your area to find a qualified contractor.
Add Water Features
Nothing is more relaxing that the soothing sounds of running water. Adding water features to your back yard will instantly create relaxing atmosphere and inviting ambiance. Water features are great for small back yards without lush landscaping. They provide a unique focal point with texture, color and visual interest in back yards that don’t have many trees, shrubs and plants. Consider an outdoor fountain with bubbling water, or a rock waterfall near a garden area filled with beautiful plants. If you have enough space, consider an outdoor pond with soft lighting, underwater plants, lush foliage, and chirping frogs. It will attract birds and butterflies and create a quiet meditation spot where you can unwind after a long day.
Install Garden Pathways
By designing beautiful garden pathways, you can add visual interest and depth to your back yard. Pathways made from outdoor pavers, stepping stones, pea gravel, or wooden planks will add wonderful color and texture to your back yard. You can create pathways that lead to a beautiful garden area, a swimming pool or spa, an outdoor pond, or a relaxing meditation area. Choose materials that complement your home and landscape and shapes and sizes that fit the size of your yard.