Creating a Backyard Oasis with Safety in Mind
Six ways to extend your living space—outdoors!
Many of us look out onto a huge backyard, but don’t know what to do with it in order to extend our living space. In the warmer months a backyard oasis can be an extended living room, dining room, or even a cooking area to invite and entertain friends and family. It really doesn’t matter if your backyard is large, small, or in between. There are ways to make the most of this outdoor space, while keeping the safety of your family and guests in mind.
Here are my tips for creating a backyard oasis with safety in mind…
1. Start with a patio
A patio is the foundation for your backyard oasis. It provides a gathering spot that’s either surfaced with brick or stone (poured concrete), or you could make a wooden deck off of the back of your home. In order to protect your family and guests from the blazing hot sun while you still enjoy the cool breeze and fresh air, add an awning, a gazebo, a sun umbrella, or a roof to protect you from UV rays and the elements.
2. Add some privacy
Your outdoor oasis will feel more like a spot for relaxation and privacy if it has some type of enclosure around it—for instance you can use a screened room, a fence, a garden wall, landscaped trees, or even lattice work weaved with fragrant vines or flowers. All of these suggestions will help define your outdoor space and create a sense of privacy from neighboring houses and nosey neighbors.
3. Furnish with creature comforts
Your outdoor space can be whatever you desire—a plush outdoor living room with a wicker chaise lounge and thick cushions, or the perfect place for outdoor fire (with a chimnea or fire bowl) surrounded by wooden Adirondack chairs, or maybe you prefer some classic wrought iron and cast iron furniture to create a true secret garden. You could even indoor furniture and really snazz things up if you have the proper protective coverings. Remember, with new, weatherproofed furniture, gazebos, and floor lamps you can truly create a durable outdoor oasis.
4. Extend your kitchen—to the outdoors
Grilled meats are in the air as soon as the springtime hits, and you can grill and dine outside all season long thanks to the many outdoor kitchen options. From fancy barbecue grills to outdoor islands complete with sinks, counter-tops, and even stove surfaces to outdoor conveniences such as bar fridges, full stone ovens, and full storage options—your outdoor oasis can mean dining outdoors all summer long.
5. Light with safety in mind
To enjoy your backyard oasis safely after the sun sets, include outdoor lighting—including fixtures like porch lights, ambient lighting, grill lighting, candles, dimmable electric lamps, and walkway illuminated that includes solar-powered accent lights or low-voltage lights to safety highlight garden pathways and prevent a fall.
6. Top it off with waterworks
A water fixture—such as a pond, waterfall, hot tub, or even a lap pool can add a relaxing element to even small backyard spaces. Think about coming home to soak in your private hot tub or take a few laps in your personal wave pool the end of the busy workday. Just remember, any water fixture should be closed off with a small fence or cover to prevent unsupervised children and pets from going for a dangerous dip.
Gina M Casillo is a staff writer for Serenity Living Stores, your Ergo-friendly place of choice to buy a Noguchi Table. Gina enjoys writing about home décor—especially when it comes to the spaces she’s most intimate with.