Enjoy your free time away from work and enjoy a great back yard gathering with your friends and family. Well, maybe your back yard is bare with no appeal. Would you like a sure fire way to make your friends and family want to be at your house as opposed to being somewhere else? What are the elements of a great back yard?
Just like building a house you need to start with the foundation. The foundation of a great back yard is the landscaping. To create a great landscape you should think of painting your back yard with color, texture, and dimension. Use color in the forms of varying plants, flowers, trees, rocks, and outdoor furniture. Now you don’t want to paint it psychedelic unless that’s what your into. For added texture you could incorporate natural materials such as boulders, flagstone walkways, small ponds and water features, and again with plants. The final element for the landscaping would be to add dimension with height and depth. A typical method is to use planting and hardscape materials to define the edges of walk ways, play areas, and social areas. The taller more sturdy plants at the rear with smaller and more colorful plants close to the defined area. The defined area is usually a nice sod maybe with a rock walk path.
Now that you have a landscape you should have a deck or patio for people to socialize, gather, and flat out party. You can go with a patio or a deck. I personally like to have a deck with multiple levels and small off shoots that can accommodate 3 -7 people to serve as conversation pit. I great addition to any deck is a shaded area for those hot summer days. If you like you can build a small outdoor kitchen for BBQs either on the deck itself or a ground level patio. Most patios are simple concrete slabs, or laid pavers. Whatever your choice you will be happy you added the outdoor kitchen area.
Now it’s time for you to make the best of your back yard and enjoy your new deck and patio.