See these useful ideas to improve your outdoor living space
Outdoor living is an idea that’s really coming around again and there are many backyard ideas you can implement to beautify and enjoy your outdoor living space year-round – even with the ever-changing weather here in Dallas/Fort Worth and all of North Texas. Here are some great ideas to help you enjoy the cool evenings and warm sunny days in your backyard living space:
1. Plan for Play Areas
If you have kids (or you’re just a big kid yourself), it’s a good idea to set aside an area for play. Remember that this area may take a lot of beating, jumping, rolling and more. For that reason, you’ll want to choose a soft grass that supports falls. Plus, by keeping the play area separate from the other areas of your backyard, you can confine the more messy components and toys.
2. Add a Dash of Color
Color is a great way to improve the beauty of your landscape – check out these backyard ideas:
- Drill small holes into your fence and fill them with colorful marbles. When the sun shines through, you’ll see the amazing colors.
- Add rainbow fire crystals to your fire pit to light up the night with the colors of the rainbow.
- Attach glass bottles to your fence and hang them from tree branches. Fill the bottles with water and add flowers for a light, festive touch.
- Enlist the kids to make stepping stones out of cement poured into shoe boxes or their favorite cereal boxes. Then, drop glass stones, bits of ceramic, and other sturdy items onto the cement. Let the stepping stones dry completely and tear off the cardboard. Place them in your yard to make a walkway.
3. Cook and Eat Outside
Getting outdoors is one of the best things people can do to reduce stress and connect with one another as a family. With a properly planned outdoor space, you and your family can cook and eat outside nearly every day of the year. With a little heating built in, you can enjoy the outdoor living space in winter, and proper shade helps you enjoy the space in the summer. The rest of the year is yours! Plus, you’ll keep the cooking mess and smell out of the kitchen.
4. Light for “Romance”
One of the best backyard ideas you can implement is adding light, but even better if you add light with an eye toward “romance”. More than simply positioning some ground lights pointed up the tree trunks, add low lighting along walkways and ensure there’s just enough – not too much – lighting for meals. Add ‘moonlighting’ by placing a large light fixture with full glare hidden high inside the branches of a tree and pointed downwards onto a walkway, entrance, or steps to create a natural and beautiful lighting effect with shadowy patterns.
5. Build in Soft Sound
The use of soft sound means you’ll reduce the harsher sounds of traffic and other noise and create a more tranquil space. Some of the simplest backyard ideas for building in sound include using wind chimes of different materials in various areas of your lawn. Introducing a water feature will also provide a soft background sound that reduces neighborhood noise and tones down the stress.
Professional landscapers have the experience of working with all kinds of backyard spaces and customer preferences. Consult your local landscape design experts in Dallas/Fort Worth neighborhoods such as Highland Park, University Park, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Coppell, Southlake and Colleyville for more creative backyard ideas.