Spring is the best time to get outside and enjoy everything Florida has to offer. But many homeowners aren’t taking advantage of the outdoor space closest to home – their backyards. If your backyard is one of the least used areas of your home, then you’re missing out on a big perk of Florida living.
While many homeowners think that building an outdoor oasis is too expensive or requires too much upkeep, I’m happy to say that this simply isn’t true. I work with clients every year to create their perfect backyard paradise that not only fits within their budget, but is also easy to maintain.
Here are my top tips for enhancing your backyard to make it your ideal outdoor space.
- Invest in Beautiful Outdoor Furniture
The best place to start with upgrading your outdoor space is to invest in comfortable, functional and attractive furniture. Steer clear of flimsy plastic chairs and table, mismatched pieces collected over time, or interior furniture that will quickly wear away in outdoor conditions. Instead, opt for outdoor furniture that is cozy but designed to weather Florida’s seasons with ease.
- Accents Make the Space Feel Like Home
Outdoor accent pieces are key to freshening up your backyard. Adding accents is also perfect if you’re working with a smaller budget or only want to make a few tweaks. When creating an outdoor oasis, you should consider pieces like pillows, rugs, plants, lanterns, string lights or umbrellas. A cohesive design, especially one that fits with your home décor, will make the place truly feel like yours.
- Think About How You Want to Use Your Space
People want different things in an outdoor oasis. Some of my clients are looking for a private area to unwind, while others are interested in creating a welcoming space to entertain family and friends. It’s important to understand what your goals are for your backyard, and then build your design and renovation plans from there. For example, my team has designed special elements like an outdoor kitchen for cookouts, a pergola for shaded seating, or an expansion of the patio area to allow for more sitting room.
- Always Remember Shade
Living in the Sunshine State is great, but during the summer, sitting in the hot sun can quickly become unbearable. If you’re backyard isn’t gifted with natural shade, you should always add a shaded element to your oasis – whether it’s an umbrella, pergola, awning or canopy. Shade will allow you and your guests to enjoy your backyard all year long.
- Make Your Landscaping Manageable
One of the biggest – and easiest – mistakes to make when renovating your outdoors is to get overzealous with the landscape design. Clients may get carried away with their dream garden or backyard space when working with a landscaper, only to realize they can’t manage it in the long term. When I work with clients on landscaping, I carefully select materials that will require minimal upkeep. The key is finding plant life that is easy to maintain and the materials like stones, mulch or pavers that will best complement your space. The result will be a functional landscape that also improves the appeal of your home.
No matter what your backyard looks like, creating an Outdoor Oasis is possible. Contact me today at 904-626-1551 to schedule a consultation and find out how we can transform your backyard into an area you’ll love.