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Use outdoor/indoor rugs for defining and anchoring your space. Another idea is to make use of gravel and pavers, if they easily fit the layout of the area.
Beat the heat
Get respite from the indoor heat by creating an outdoor kitchen. Choices abound beyond merely throwing some hot dogs and burgers on the grill. You can customize your outdoor kitchen with a roll-down gate for securing the appliances from natural elements, or installing a grill which is covered, a small fridge to keep the drinks cold and a cabinetry or counter for serving and storage.
Raise the roof
You can make use of arching trellises over the dining table. Suspend a chandelier from them to offer soft lighting. Strategically planted shade trees will grow for creating a canopy on the outdoor space with dappled sunlight glancing through. Pergolas can give your space some structure and define the area, but can also offer some privacy if you have neighbors.
Enliven your porch with drapes to make sure the sunlight filters in while blocking harmful rays. Fit drapes around a frame to offer a cabana-style. It is best to choose lightweight fabrics for a fresher look.
You can install weatherproof cushions and furniture to create a cozy and comfortable seating facility, just as you have in your family room or living room. You can fit a ceiling fan on your porch and a heater too for stretching its use beyond a few months’ span of warmest months.
Install sliding panels
You can install sliding panels to divide the available space for different uses within your rooftop deck or yard. Apart from this, you can exploit it for privacy too.
Grow floral enclosure
Grow living walls of plants for creating privacy; you can also hide a wall or a fence with flora. Use container plantings on a low wall or ledge, particularly if you’re planning to use bamboo. Alternatively, grow a sturdy shrub such as boxwood to put up an elevated hedge.
Create a reading nook
Use a built in bench, beanbags, chaise lounges, or cushions and poufs to create a reading nook. Make it more comfy with a rocking chair, or erect a “treeless tree house” for a private haven.
If you do not have enough space to create a pool, you can make a small water feature, such as a small pond. Another great idea is to create a fountain out of a large urn. Move it anywhere you want. It adds peacefulness of running water in your backyard.
Maybe you are not sure how to make the most of your yard? Get in touch with a reputed professional landscaping expert for help!