Types of Backyard Living

When the weather is nice, the last thing you want to do is stay cooped up in your house. You can head to a local park to enjoy some scenery and relax, but that takes you away from home. After a long day, the last thing you probably want to do is hop back in the car and drive somewhere to enjoy some time in nature.

That’s where a good outdoor setup can help. Whether it’s a traditional patio or a poolside lounge chair, all you need is the right seating and some visually appealing landscaping to create the lifestyle you want right in your own backyard.

1. Patios and decks

The traditional backyard oasis, patios, and decks serve as the starting point for any outdoor space. Patios are set atop poured concrete, while decks are raised above the ground. But just because these options are traditional doesn’t mean you can’t update some things. Today’s homeowners are adding temperature-regulation elements like heat lamps and misting fans, as well as taking advantage of the area beneath decks to create a covered lounging area.

2. Outdoor kitchens

Summertime grilling has long been a popular American pastime. But today’s homeowners are taking the concept to new heights. An outdoor kitchen packs in a refrigerator, stove, and oven to give you everything you need to make a meal without going inside. This type of living space is popular with those who entertain often, but it can also come in handy if it’s just you and the family.

3. Sunrooms and screened porches

If you want an outdoor area you can enjoy year-round, regardless of weather, a screened room can be a good idea. Sunrooms use panes of glass to give you a room with a view, while a screened porch uses mash panels to truly put you outdoors. If you want to create a living area with a view, a glassed-in sunroom is a better option. But a screened porch will let the outdoor air in while still keeping bugs out.

4. Lounge areas and firepits

For a true outdoor oasis, you can invest in recreational additions to your backyard. Whether your home came with a pool or you have one installed, all you’ll have to do is set up lounge chairs and outdoor furniture to enjoy. As cooler weather settles in, though, a fire pit can be a better option, giving you a way to stay warm while still enjoying the outdoors.

Great American Landscapes specializes in helping Washington, D.C.-area homeowners make the most of their backyards. To find out how you can create an enjoyable living space, give us a call at (301) 972-5681.

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