Skip to main content

Creating an Outdoor Retreat



You may be looking outside at a blank slate or a yard which has already become an outdoor oasis. With visions of tranquility and relaxation in mind, there are quite a few things that can be done to initiate or further enhance your backyard retreat. 

Privacy

Generally, the first step to creating this place of bliss, would be to make it restricted to family members or guests. Putting up a fence that limits visibility and access to outsiders is a possible solution, or you can use more natural elements such as trees and shrubbery to line the perimeter of your property. Read more about creating privacy in our previous blog post (https://bit.ly/2QYqvaL). 

Natural Additions

Populate with plants! Add some landscaping or find decorative planters in an array of colors and patterns to house your preference of flowers and other greenery (be sure to understand what works for your climate, optimal placement for sun exposure and planting timeline). Any of these can be placed on decking, patios, and within any outdoor rooms or structures. If satisfaction from cultivating fruits, vegetables, or herbs gives you a sense of satisfaction or tending to the maintenance provides a sense of zen, determine where you can place a garden. As with flowers and plants, follow the steps for ideal conditions. 

Well maintained grass is essential for aesthetics. Upkeep and proper care will ensure healthy and lush greenery. Adding mulch is often a good way to augment a lack of grass and to beautify areas around plants, patios, and other surfaces. 
Bird feeders can attract a variety of birds. Watching them and hearing chirping can be calming to some. An added bonus is that you’re helping them with a well-appreciated food source. 

Water/Heat Elements

If your family includes swimmers, a pool can serve as a visual centerpiece of your space and provide a lifetime of exercise and enjoyment. Choose some versatile lounge chairs, comfy cushions, tables, umbrellas and floats to enhance bathing and poolside enjoyment. Fountains or waterfalls can deliver a soothing stream of running water sounds that many find to be a relaxing source of serenity and white noise. Ponds are another option for a serene aquatic source of tranquility. On the opposite side, if warmth is appealing, or you are seeking comfort from chilly days or nights, fire pits are a great way to go. They give off heat, light, overall enjoyment of companionship around the fire, and the chance for a well-loved outdoor tradition, roasting marshmallows.  

Sights and Sounds

Although mother nature provides an abundance of peaceful noise, listening to music can be an excellent way to unwind and can also be used to block out any disturbing external noise. If looking for a permanent source of output, speakers masked as rocks can be hidden amongst landscaping or regular stereo systems can be installed in outdoor structures.  

Enjoyment of this splendid setting should not be limited to daylight hours. Lighting from fixtures, lanterns, and candles adds ability to see and stay outside after sunset and creates a fantastic glowing ambiance against dark skies. 

Entertaining Spaces

If enjoying refreshments completes your vision of the perfect retreat, consider adding a stand alone bar or outdoor kitchen for easy access to supplies and place to enjoy food and beverage. Selecting a patio set with ample seating is best if you like to entertain and plan to accommodate many people at once. Depending on space availability, couches or benches can serve dual purposes, both as an added source of relaxation and for additional seating. Dress up these areas with a cohesive selection of indoor/outdoor rugs, pillows or weatherproof decorations or signs. 

Although being out in the open is generally desired, at times, it may be preferable to escape mosquitos and other insects or the blistering sun or heat. Liferooms or patio covers can provide extended enjoyment outside while offering protection from certain elements. 

Overall, the possibilities to create your ultimate space are endless. Make plans in advance to give yourself ample opportunity to prepare in time for use. Contact us to find out how we can help translate your dream to reality. 

Popular posts from this blog

Snow Much Fun!

Enjoy the winter ambiance from the comfort of your Four Seasons Sunroom! When it snows outside, your Four Seasons Sunroom can become a cozy and delightful space to enjoy various activities. Here are some ideas: Read a Book: Set up a comfortable chair or a couch with blankets and cushions, and read your favorite books or magazines. Enjoy the natural light filtering through the snow-covered windows. Watch the Snowfall: Use your sunroom as a cozy spot to watch the snowfall while staying warm indoors. It can be a calming and serene experience. Enjoy Hot Beverages: Brew some hot tea, cocoa, or coffee and sip on it while gazing at the winter wonderland outside. Engage in Indoor Gardening: If you have plants in your Four Seasons Sunroom, take this opportunity to tend to them. You can repot plants, prune them, or simply enjoy the greenery. Crafting or Hobbies: Set up a crafting station or work on your hobbies, such as painting, knitting, or crafting. The sunroom's natural l

Super Bowl Fun in a Four Seasons Sunroom

  Turning your Four Seasons Sunroom into a Super Bowl viewing party space can be a fun and exciting way to enjoy the game with friends and family. Here are some ideas to help you create a festive atmosphere and maximize the enjoyment of the Super Bowl in your Four Seasons Sunroom: Comfortable Seating: Arrange plenty of comfortable seating options such as sofas, armchairs, bean bags, and floor cushions to accommodate your guests. Make sure everyone has a clear view of the TV screen or projector. Big Screen TV or Projector: Set up a large-screen TV or projector in your sunroom to ensure everyone can see the game clearly. Adjust the seating layout to maximize viewing angles and minimize glare from windows. Themed Decorations: Decorate your Four Seasons Sunroom with Super Bowl-themed decorations such as team banners, football-shaped balloons, pennants, and tablecloths in the colors of the competing teams. You can also use football-themed plates, napkins, and cups for serving snack

Adding A Skylight For Your Addition 365? Here's What You Need to Know

A few new skylights can be the perfect way to enhance your Addition 365. From extra sunlight to stargazing, a skylight gives you new ways to enjoy and make the most out of your space. But before you start daydreaming about basking under a skylight, let’s dive into what they’re all about and why it could be the best home improvement move you can make this year! What is a Skylight? A skylight is simply a window that you put into the roof or ceiling of a room. It can come in different sizes and designs, from simple fixed models to tubular types that let ample sunlight into a room. Regardless of why you decide to add one, there’s bound to be one that fits your home’s needs. Benefits Of Adding Skylights To Your Addition 365 Skylights could be the perfect addition to your Addition 365. Here are a few reasons why: There’s More Natural Light When you have skylights, they’ll flood your Addition 365 with even more sunshine, making your   space feel brighter and more inviting. Just