The feelings of summer vacation are unlike any other; inviting, relaxing, revitalizing. It truly is fun for the entire family. While this year presents another sense of uncertainty for booking and planning upcoming summer trips, we’re encouraging everyone to make do with what they have for the time being, and transform their backyard into their own personal oasis.
This may sound daunting, expensive, or even time-consuming, however with a few simple DIY projects and trips to your local garden centre and hardware store, you can easily transform your backyard into the peaceful yet fun environment that every vacation has. So grab your tools and get creative! It’s time to embrace the summer season by creating the ultimate staycation.
It’s All in the Planning
Turning to Pinterest or HGTV can easily result in a discouraging and disappointing process. All too often couples try to recreate what they found online in spaces that aren’t doable. In order to have a successful experience in transforming your backyard, be sure to first look at and work with what you have.
A quick scan of the backyard, a few simple drawings and using other sources as inspiration for details only, will have you feeling a lot less pressure and more ease when working on your space.
Connect Nature with Stone
A powerful look and one that reminds many of resorts or luxury hotel locations is the combination of green grass with a flat stone lay. Perfect as an entryway to the backyard or to surround an inground pool, try and find a way to incorporate stone into your backyard space.
It may sound simple or all too easy, but a couple of well-placed complimentary stones will easily elevate the look and feel. Plus, it will help to break up space quite well, making your backyard lot look a little bigger than it was before! Pro-tip: try and create a nice stone space that can hold a chiminea fire pit for some lovely summer nights out enjoying the weather and the stars.
Privacy Mode On
Whether you want space from your neighbours or just want to increase your sense of privacy at home, privacy screens can do wonders! Easy to find and install, these screens can help block out unwanted views, making it seem as though you and your family are the only ones around. Plus, most screens are retractable, so when you’re ready to reconnect with your neighbours you can pull the screens up.
It’s All in the Details
A fire pit, some lounge chairs, and a pool floaty or two will also help create the look and feel of a vacation resort. Hit up your local Canadian Tire, pool supply store or garden centre and let your imagination run wild! Be sure to add items that help you relax, unwind and feel incredibly comfortable so that you can enjoy your backyard space.
Light it Up!
An easy and quick way to transform your space is to add some more lighting. Try stringing lights around your gazebo or fence and adding in some extra lights around the ground near your seating area. This will help keep the festivities going all night, as well as create a dreamy, relaxing atmosphere. Visit your local Canadian Tire for some wonderful options that will fit the environment you’re looking to create.
Everyone enjoys a fun summer getaway, but with these simple tips and tricks, you can easily bring the getaway ambiance to you! Let your imagination run wild with this project and before you know it you will have transformed your simple backyard space into the ultimate staycation for you, your family, and your friends. Enjoy!