With summer almost here, many homeowners are looking forward to hosting friends for outdoor parties or cookouts. But if you plan to entertain, you’ll want to make sure your backyard is a fun, relaxing space that serves as a welcome refuge on sweltering summer days. Here are five tips to help you turn your backyard into an oasis.
1. Create Shade
Patches of shade are crucial to help your family and your guests escape the heat. If your backyard isn’t blessed by tall, sheltering trees, you’ll just have to create shade yourself. Consider installing an awning or large table umbrella to provide shady areas for eating and chatting, or you can go the DIY route and hang a sheet or boat sail.
2. Use Furniture to Make the Space Comfortable
You’ll never have a backyard oasis without some comfy furniture to let people lounge. Try placing a few cushioned wicker chairs or couches on your patio, and add accompanying side tables for convenience.. If you want to spice things up a little, you might also consider hanging a hammock or swing.
3. Add Water
Water fixtures in your backyard can lend the space the atmosphere of a beach or lake vacation. If you can’t afford to go all-out and install an in-ground pool, consider investing in a small artificial pond. If you want to go even cheaper, you can repurpose stock tanks or water troughs by filling them and adding a selection of freshwater plants to create tiny DIY ponds.
4. Build a Fire Pit
Fire pits make great hangout spaces and can be used for open-flame grilling and roasting marshmallows. It can be expensive to have one professionally built, but if you want to avoid spending too much, build one yourself! Making your own fire pit can be as simple as digging a shallow hole and ringing it with medium-sized stones. Anything else you add will simply be pleasing aesthetic touches.
5. Entertain with a Miniature Bar
If you enjoy having friends over for summer cocktail parties, a mini bar is the perfect piece de resistance for your backyard. Like many of the other fixtures on this list, it’s possible to build an outdoor bar yourself if you can’t afford to pay for one. As long as you have basic woodworking experience and the right tools for cutting slabs of wood, it’s a very doable job.