The type of design you implement into your backyard layout should make your backyard a place you want to spend time as much as possible. Your backyard should provide you with an extension on your home's interior living space, but carrying it outside to provide you with seating, dining, and other areas for activities. So when you are ready to update and improve your backyard to make it into a usable space you can enjoy all year, here are some tips to help you accomplish this.
Add Accent Lighting
A backyard space that does not have lighting is only going to provide you an outdoor space until the sun sets. After that you will need to add your own lighting to provide visibility to your outdoor party. However, when you add lighting to your backyard you can provide visibility for outdoor cookouts, late night swimming parties, and also give the space some ambiance and improve its appearance. And landscape lighting is a great way to accent your walkways, patios, and decorative trees and shrubbery.
Make sure you install have your lighting by a licensed electrician. They will ensure your lighting design is installed with the right electrical code to help prevent damage from electrical fires or from your lighting shorting out and no longer working. Your outdoor lighting needs to have underground conduit installed to protect the electrical cords and have the appropriate protected GFCI electrical outlets.
Create a Seating Area
Another necessary area in your backyard is a seating area to provide you or your guests with an inviting space to sit and relax. A seating area promotes time spent outside and gives a person a reason to linger a litte longer, whether it is at a backyard birthday party of an evening marshmallow roast.
You can install your seating area with any type of furniture, such as outdoor furniture made of wicker, metal, or plastic. You can also add a collection of cushions, pillows, and throws to provide a bit more comfort to the seating area. Then, add in a couple small tables or a larger dining table for a meal, drinks, snacks, or a good book.
You can also choose to add in a chair swing, hung from its own frame or from your roof or patio overhang if your backyard has this feature. A space in your backyard that promotes an individual or group of people opens the backyard space to a myriad of possibilities and makes the space more usable and enjoyable.