Imagine stepping outside into your very own outdoor paradise. Using textiles, color and a variety of seating options helps create an appealing space that’s ideal for relaxing and entertaining. Before getting started, look at your backyard and assess the space to envision what you need. For example, unless you have naturally shady areas, you’ll likely need an umbrella, pergola or gazebo for some relief from the sun. Whether your backyard needs a full renovation or a simple makeover, these tips will help get you started.

Furnish Your Outdoor Room

Even a tiny outdoor space can be cozy, comfortable and inviting with the right furniture. Whether you have a small nook or a large yard, patio furniture is the key to creating an outdoor space that begs for intriguing conversations, lively family dinners or lazy afternoons spent lounging in the sunshine. From deep seating to sleek firepit tables, choose the style that best matches your home and personality. Minimize maintenance by choosing easy-care furniture.

Fire Up the Grill

Whether you prefer natural gas, propane, or charcoal like the Big Green Egg, adding a grill — or replacing one that has seen better days — transforms your backyard into the perfect spot to prepare healthy meals, smoke your favorite barbecue and entertain. When you’re looking at grills, consider the following details to find the one that’s best for you:
Size: Many experts recommend allowing approximately 72 square inches of cooking area per person eating
Energy Source: Although some grilling enthusiasts might argue that one type of grill is more authentic than the other, this really is a matter of personal preference

Just Add Water

Water features such as ponds, waterfalls and fountains create a soothing sanctuary-like environment. Adding even a small water feature can help you de-stress and set the mood in your outdoor space. Many of today’s waterfalls, ponds and fountains offer energy efficiency and some even help you conserve water. If you want a water feature that you can actually get in and enjoy, consider investing in a pool, hot tub or a swim spa, depending on the size of your space. Swimming pools — both above and in-ground — offer a perfect spot to cool off on a summer day while hot tubs offer the ideal spot to relax and unwind after a long day at work. Swim spas combine the exercise capability of a pool with the relaxation of a hot tub with a space-efficient design. Create the backyard of your dreams to entertain, relax and enjoy a vacation without ever having to leave your home.

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