The outdoor living trend is catching on in all climates, and it’s the perfect fit here, with so much nature and activity to enjoy. Homeowners who have been cooped up for months have learned how to bring indoor comfort outdoors. With a few improvements, you can turn your backyard into a versatile extension of your home. Living space can be hard to come by, so make the most of what you have.
Make It Multipurpose
If your yard is big enough, separate it into zones that serve different purposes. The patio can be an elegant entertainment area, separated by a hedge from the kids’ play area. Or arrange seating around a fireplace or firepit where you can relax after dining. You can still make room for a swimming pool or fitness obstacle course.
Incorporate Your Hobbies
If you think you’d use a putting green, make it happen. There’s no reason it has to be permanent, and if helps you spend more time outside, the benefits will be worth it. Carve out a quiet corner for reading and meditation, and add a water element or a Buddha statue. If yoga in the sun would be even more satisfying for you, trick out your deck with a dedicated space for your passion: cushions on the floor, a protective awning or covering, or even an outdoor mirror.
We’ve been trained to settle for outdoor furniture that’s rickety, weathered, and disposable. It shouldn’t be. Take your seating seriously and buy a sturdier chaise lounge that you’d be proud to have inside the house. You’re more likely to use your yard if you have sturdy, plush furniture such as a sectional or daybed on which to linger. A hammock can be as natural or as luxurious as you want it to be. An old-fashioned swinging bench can be a homey place for conversations, or you can while away the hours in a more modern swing chair.
If you’re interested in how to bring indoor comfort outdoors, you wouldn’t be the first to install an outdoor bar. Even adding a weatherproof bar cart will come in handy in all sorts of ways: serving drinks, storing hobby supplies, offering snacks. Backyard kitchens have evolved from rugged grills to elaborate luxury kitchens and everything in between. Outdoor televisions convert your yard into a family room where you can watch the game or screen a movie. If you can do it inside, there’s a way to do it outside, too.