Now more than ever, it’s essential that we make time for ourselves to unwind, drop our worries at the door, and do what makes us feel happy and whole. You don’t have to go very far to experience it – serenity can be found right in your own backyard. Try these 7 tips to help make your backyard a welcoming oasis:
Invest in Comfortable Seating
It’s a fact: if you have a cozy spot to lounge, you’ll be more likely to spend more time there. Give careful thought to your outdoor seating situation. Perhaps a deep-seated sofa, hanging chair, or a padded swing will help you feel more relaxed and closer to nature. When in doubt, set up the epitome of relaxation: a hammock!
Gather ‘Round the Fire
There’s just something comforting in sitting in front of a fire with your closest friends by your side. Find peace in front of a fire pit or even an outdoor fireplace. They make the perfect place for making s’mores, stargazing, and talking with the ones you love the most!
Steal Away to a Secret Garden
Have a green thumb (or want to work on cultivating one)? Gardening may be the perfect answer for you! In fact, this healthy hobby not only brings you peace of mind, but it also touts several other health benefits. Make plans to begin landscaping a swoon-worthy garden, or strategically add your favorite plants and flowers to what you already have in your yard. Aromatic flowers like lavender and peppermint can also promote relaxing vibes!
Go On, Feed the Birds
Did you know that 40% of Americans regularly feed birds in their backyards? It’s no wonder why – it’s a peaceful hobby that benefits both you and your feathered friends! Set up a bird-feeding station somewhere in your yard. Read up on your favorite birds and set out the type of seed that will attract them (hint: sunflower seed is a big hit with many birds!).
Add a Water Feature
Water can have such a calming effect, which is why you should consider installing some sort of feature in your backyard. Start small with a running water feature in your lounge area or a gorgeous koi pond filled with colorful fish. If you have the space and budget, you can add a hot tub or a swimming pool to soak up all your troubles at the end of the day!
Amp Up the Privacy
You can’t quite relax when you can see neighbors or passers-by from your backyard. Create some much-needed privacy by installing some screens, walls, or even a fence to give you a sense of security. Turn it into an even more inviting oasis by providing plenty of shade and some soft lighting around the area!
Create an Area Just for You
No matter how much or how little space you have in your backyard, you should design a spot for you to do the things you love the most. Turn your patio into a place that you can easily enjoy the latest page-turner or practice yoga. That slab of concrete you have no idea what to do with? Add a few chairs, a table, and some potted plants to create your own hangout spot for you and your friends. The possibilities are endless!
Your backyard should be your own private sanctuary and a source of happiness in your daily life. Looking for a bigger or more inviting backyard? Enlist the help of The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! We can help you find the home (and backyard) you’ve been dreaming of all this time. Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started!