Thursday, 26 February 2015

5 Great Landscaping Features For Outdoor Socializing

Your home's yard isn't just for holding barbeques in winter or to let the kids enjoy a free run in summer. It's an important element of your house that you your family should be able to enjoy all year long. You can make your yard more functional and enjoyable by taking note of some steps, which would encourage your family to spend more time outdoors, in the company of loved ones. 

Here are five great landscaping features that can help create an outstanding space ideal for outdoor socializing:-


  • Patio: You can use brick, concrete, natural stone or wooden materials to install a patio in your yard. These days when more and more people are moving their living rooms outside, patios are increasingly done in different styles to create an own outdoor living room where people can relax in privacy or entertain guests. You too can do it by creating a stylish patio. This will help break up vast expanses of grassy region and give you a place to set up patio furniture. To enhance the dramatic effect, you may even consider adding a water feature (such as a fountain) to your patio or plant your favorite shades around it for a colorful palette.
  • Deck: This is yet another way to make sitting outside more pleasant. To add some rustic, countryside charm to your landscape, you can opt for a wooden deck. You may even get it stained to go well with your home’s exterior look. Be it a partly-sheltered deck or a fully open one, you should aim to set up a deck that paves way for a comfortable outdoor seating arrangement, captures a view, and blurs the boundaries between the inside and outside to add a feeling of spaciousness to your home. Remember – a well-set up deck can turn out to be a welcome outdoor retreat and vacation spot, right in your own garden.
  • Pergola: If you want to create a focal point for your garden, you can set up a pergola. This is a tall wooden/metal frame made for climbing flowers and trailing vines to grow around. You should research your pergola design and ensure that it blends with the color or style of your home and garden. You may either set it up all on your own or use pergola kits. Hiring experienced landscaping professionals is also a good way to get a pergola erected right away with no hassles on your part.
  • Outdoor fireplace: Socializing can be made fun with an outdoor fireplace. If you have a cooking and dining area nearby, it would provide you the ideal space to entertain guests. Outdoor fireplace designs can vary greatly based on the construction methods, dimensions, styles and types. You need to take your pick depending on what suits your purpose and budget the best.
  • Outdoor garden lighting: Carefully selected outdoor lighting options can improve curb appeal, highlight your home's architecture and illuminate outdoor spaces. Be it candles, outdoor chandeliers, deck lights, luminaire LEDs or hanging garden lanterns, you will have a lot to choose from to light up your pathways, patios, decks, steps, pergolas, etc.

What are you waiting for? Jazz up your outdoors with these elements to ensure that your friends and family have a great time socializing on your yard.