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Turn Your Backyard Landscaping NJ into an Outdoor Living Oasis

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The most popular outdoor living feature for luxury back yards is probably the outdoor kitchen. Everyone loves to fire up the grill and cook a nice meal for friends and family during a summer BBQ. It’s a given that the outdoor kitchen is a must-have option, but is that all you need to spice up your outdoor gatherings? Here are five outdoor living tips to liven up your backyard entertaining for spring 2013!

1. Food and Shelter

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Protecting yourself from the elements is absolutely essential for outdoor cooking, dining, and entertaining. The trick is to provide shelter from sun, rain, and other elements. How can you create a sheltered area like this? There are numerous design options when it comes to this valuable amenity. You can build a cabana with a pavilion. You can have a deck with a dry below system that keeps rain from seeping through the cracks. (As a matter of fact, this system can be applied to an old deck if you choose to build a nice patio space beneath the structure.) Similarly, though incorporating different architecture, covered patios can be included beneath open extensions of the house.  On top of a patio or deck, you can also build a covered porch area off the back of your house. All of these outdoor structures protect you from the elements but still offer the feeling of open-air relaxation and entertainment.

2. The Fire Signal

modern outdoor fireplaces

When stranded in the wilderness, one survival technique includes lighting a fire to attract others to your location. In an exciting, decorative, and practical way, this same technique can be used to liven up your backyard landscape design. Fire features are naturally a destination, gathering place, and source of light and warmth. What types of fire features are out there? There are many different variations, but the basics include the outdoor fireplace, fire bowl, fire table, and fire pit. All of these features can fit any type of style for the back yard, from natural boulder fire pits to sleek, modern outdoor fireplaces.

3. Patios, Patterns, and Possibilities

outdoor kitchen with stamped concrete patio

How can you define separate outdoor rooms across the patio area? The patio stones and patterns play a crucial role in defining different portions of the backyard patio area. The outdoor kitchen, for example, may feature a running bond patio pattern, while the swimming pool area could be set in a 45-degree pattern. Other cases may see a bluestone outdoor kitchen patio transition to a sandstone or crab orchard pool patio. Whether it is a sharp change in stone or a slight inlay or pattern change, the hardscape can better define crucial areas for outdoor living. As far as style and designs go, the possibilities are endless.

4. Elevating Entertainment

outdoor kitchen with stamped concrete patio

If you want to add depth and interest to your outdoor living area, don’t just design a bunch of things on the same patio; this type of design can lose a lot of its potential in the bland, horizontal plane. Incorporating different elevations will better define various pieces of the landscape design. Entertaining friends and family typically involves guests splitting up into smaller groups. Well-defined outdoor rooms accommodate this natural tendency. Also, the different elevations allow for added interest and greater appreciation of the diverse landscape. To transition between elevations, beautiful hardscapes include options like waterfalls, stone veneer walls, boulder retaining walls, and water walls.

5. Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

Lighting simply makes outdoor living spaces more functional. Who wants to entertain in the back yard only during the daytime? Landscape lighting, pool lights, and outdoor kitchen lighting extend entertainment hours from dusk to dawn. The lighting will expand the space for a more welcoming and accommodating feel. It will also create greater area in a visual sense. In addition, landscape lights illuminate areas of the yard that may typically go unnoticed and unused. If the lights are on and guests are over, these parts of the landscape design will be the last piece of a beautiful puzzle.

In summary, to liven up the landscape, incorporate landscaping ideas that foster entertainment, comfort, functionality, and definition. Well-defined, comfortable, and practical outdoor living spaces will be exceptional areas for outdoor entertainment. Whether you’re hosting a big party with friends and family or entertaining a few friendly acquaintances, a complete outdoor living space will reach its exciting full potential…way more than just a lonesome outdoor kitchen.

 

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