If the current (and random) heatwave hasn’t pushed you to get your backyard in order, you are kinda missing out. Sure urban areas like New York City may not have as ample of access to greenery (unless you have the cash in Manhattan or can move out to another borough like Brooklyn or Queens), but for those who do, the time has come to take your decorating outside.
Having the proper game plan not only keeps you organized, but can have your area looking professionally styled. Your backyard will become the prime location for social gatherings, lazy days and practically anything else for that matter. Therefore, it is pretty important to create different zones. Not too sure what to add? Take a look at these tips.
Five Zones to Make Your Backyard Fun & Functional
1.) Lounging and eating. It doesn’t matter what you do in your backyard – you are going to need a place to sit. Find an area not too far away from the patio door and add a picnic table and benches (a bistro set will do for smaller yards). This will come in handy for barbecues or just hosting people for a dinner under the stars.
Once you have your area established for eating, you can place lounging pieces around the remaining backyard. Have a large tree that provides great shade? Tie up a hammock or place a lounger underneath for summer reading and quick naps.
2.) Play areas. All children need a space of their own to enjoy their toys and outdoor games. The proper play area will have just enough room for outdoor games like slip-and-slides and sprinklers. This area should be towards the rear of the backyard (if fenced) for space, but centered to the patio door for visibility.
3.) Barbecue. Everyone loves a good barbecue with all backyards having a place to grill seasonal edibles. By keeping a grill somewhat close to the patio for accessibility (yet a good distance from the home for safety), you can greet outdoor guests with amazing treats as they enter into the backyard.
4.) Garden. Have you always wanted to show off your green thumb, but didn’t have the space? Or maybe you have heard so many gardening tips and tricks that you wanted to try it out? A garden is one of the best accessories to a backyard space. Not only is it functional, but provides strong visuals that are earthy and rich in color. If you have the space, use the opposite sides of your yard for garden beds (one side can be for fruits while the other for vegetables). Another great idea is to install wall units to showcase growing herbs.
5.) The optional firepit. Should you have the space, try incorporating a firepit for evening discussions. As there are a variety on the market, you can find a size and style to accommodate your yard. Just be sure the unit is kept away from all play areas and cannot be operated by little ones.