Any one of your outdoor spaces has the potential to be your favourite spot at home to relax and entertain, depending on existing features, natural light, and climate. If you're becoming bored with your indoor abode, you may want to take your imagination outside. Let's look at some of the ways you can make the most out of the exterior of your home and make it a more welcoming and enjoyable place to be.
Install an outdoor kitchen
One of the coolest things avid cooks can build for their home is an outdoor kitchen. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, why not look at giving yourself a fresh-air alternative? It puts you in the middle of the action when entertaining in the warm weather and you can create a built-in bar/seating area so guests can keep you company while you cook. It also provides you with double facilities which is really convenient for entertaining a large group, such as during the holidays, when more than one set of ovens and hobs would keep things running smoothly. A wide range of outdoor kitchen designs are available to suit all types of gardens, yards, and other outdoor areas of the home.
Go for a swimming pool
This is a lofty and expensive project, but lots of homeowners do it and for a particular reason. If you live in a location where the weather is warm all year or your summers are hot and humid, you may want to consider installing a swimming pool. A pool acts as a focal point around which your family and your friends, and your neighbours (who will suddenly want to get to know you better) can gather together to enjoy the good weather with barbecues and holiday parties. Budget and available space will dictate your parameters, but even a small pool can make a positive difference to your lifestyle, especially if you're looking to become more physically active and more social.
Add high-quality outdoor furniture
Investing in good design for your chairs, benches, and tables will instantly transform a boring space into one that seriously impresses. The outdoor furniture you choose should be adequately weatherproof, even if the area is sheltered, so that it can endure the changing weather conditions. Carefully consider the arrangement so it works harmoniously with the space, is easy to walk into, and also invites social interaction.
Create a feature
If you find yourself looking out and seeing a void of empty space, this is a great opportunity to transform a wasted area and give yourself something nice to look at. A garden of potted plants and flowers is the simplest remedy and the only expertise it requires is knowing which varieties are suitable for your local climate and lighting conditions - their natural beauty will do all the work. Add a pretty bench to complete the picture-perfect scene, or even a hammock if you have the space, and give yourself a beautiful place to relax with a book or even have a nap in the warm breeze. Or you can do something a bit different, such as build a water feature using decorative tile. You can create your own design or buy something that comes ready made, like a freestanding waterfall.
I recently saw one of these tall waterfalls in someone's front yard in my neighbourhood and it did look a bit awkward, they're more of a private space kind of thing. But I've since seen the family sitting out next to it, sipping their summery beverages as they watch the locals walk down to the beach. It's something they're enjoying, and that's the whole point, isn't it?