31 Oct 5 Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway

Try these ideas to turn your backyard into a relaxing outdoor oasis

  1.  Create a Picture-Perfect Patio

    A patio can be a hot slab of concrete in the sun–or it can be a welcoming extension of your home, calling you outdoors to enjoy cool breezes and fresh air. With a little planning, you can make your patio a comfortable all season room.

    Patios are usually constructed using poured concrete, pre-cast concrete pavers, or natural stone pavers. One of the best manufacturers of precast concrete pavers is Belgard. Their products are beautiful, durable, and come in a variety of color blends and shapes. Patios can be designed to be an extension of your home’s architecture, and use planting beds, container gardens, and weatherproof furniture to decorate the outdoor space.


  3. Add an Outdoor Kitchen

    If you grill at least twice a week from spring through fall and you love eating outdoors, you need an outdoor kitchen. A grill, a countertop for food prep, covered storage and a separate side burner will greatly enhance your outdoor cooking experience. Add a refrigerator and sink to make prep and cleanup easier.


  5. Ensure Privacy

    Your outdoor room will feel more like an oasis if it has a sense of enclosure. Fences and garden walls ensure privacy for patios, but you can also add pergolas and landscaping to define outdoor spaces and screen views of neighboring houses.


  7. Plan Outdoor Lighting

    Enjoy your backyard getaway after the sun sets by including outdoor lighting.

    Outdoor kitchens, need good task lighting over the grill and work areas. For the dining and conversation areas,create a relaxed mood with candlelight, wall mount downlights or dimmable electric lamps.

    Low-voltage lights add drama and interest to the landscape and to highlight paths. Steps and walkways should be illuminated for safety.

    Combine a mix of lighting sources to make your backyard getaway a magical place after dark.


  9. Layer on the Amenities

    Fountains & Water Features, fireplaces, and fire pits enhance the beauty and usefulness of your outdoor living space.

    Fountains & Water Features add the soothing sound of water and can serve as the focal point of an outdoor space.

    Fireplaces warm and define a space and provide privacy for an outdoor room. They’re also a make a natural focal point for an outdoor kitchen.

    Fire pits serve to draw people together and extend the usefulness of an outdoor living room in cooler weather.


Make more out of your outdoor space by creating a place where family and friends can relax and have fun together. See the potential in your backyard, and get planning!

Call Alderwood Landscape Architects (866) 453-1253 to turn your ordinary patio or backyard into a welcoming, personal space for outdoor living.