Not everyone is capable of purchasing a summer home; and even for those who do own a cottage, it’s not always possible to step away from the every day grind for long enough to get away. So why not take everything that you love about the cottage and bring it to your own backyard? Imagine extending your living quarters by opening up your back door to an outdoor living room. Picture yourself enjoying all of the comforts of home while breathing in the crisp fresh air of the outdoors.
The best thing about a backyard cottage is that there is no downpayment, no mortgage, no traffic, and it can be a fun and gradual project that you can work on slowly but surely until you master the quintessential backyard retreat. Before you know it, you’ll be entertaining guests every weekend with cocktails, marshmallows and storytelling by the fire.
In order to achieve an immaculate outdoor garden sanctuary that will serve as the ultimate point of relaxation for all of your loved ones, there are a few essential items you need to have in place.
It’s no secret, delicious food is a great way to bring people together. So what would a comfortable backyard haven be without a barbecue? A barbecue is essential for entertaining; there’s something about the charcoal grill that everyone seems to love. Perhaps the grill marks bringing the feeling of nostalgia for lost summer nights, maybe it’s the essence of the great outdoors, but whatever the case, this item should be the first on your list (that is, if you don’t have one already).
Next, if you’re going to be serving up food from the barbecue, you’re going to need somewhere to sit! Garden furniture is an absolute must for your outdoor retreat. Make sure to choose a set that will endure the harsh effects of nature. If you live somewhere with a formidable winter, you’ll either need to find a storage area for your cushions, choose a set without fabric, or opt for a fabric that will withstand the pesky ice and snow. When deciding on garden furniture, you’ll also have to consider how many guests you intend on hosting on a regular basis to avoid your guests having to stand while they eat your delectable dishes. Additionally, your outdoor furniture will make a paramount stamp on the overall atmosphere of your retreat, so choose a set that reflects the colour scheme and theme you have intended.
Although there are many elements to the perfect backyard retreat, the final essential component is to properly decorate the space to enhance its atmosphere. Artificial plants are a great adornment for an outdoor garden; they will never die, they can withstand the tests of nature and with today’s technologies, they appear to be more real than ever. Among the many uses of artificial plants are large space dividers, decorative walls, topiaries, bamboo furnishings, palm trees in areas where they are not possible to grow and so many more. With artificial plants, you can have the tropical oasis you always dreamed of without having to pack your bags for the Caribbean. You can turn your backyard into a calming zen paradise. You can shape your space into everything you always dreamed of.
Once you’ve added these three elements to your outdoor garden, you are well on your way to having a backyard that will be the talk of your entire neighbourhood!