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5 Ways To Make Your Yard An Extension Of Your Home

By RST Brands
March 13, 2016

What does your backyard say about your lifestyle? Does it reflect your passion for entertaining or your love for cooking? Is it filled with colorful plants and lush grass that encourage relaxation and invoke serenity? Whether you've already made your backyard a special place or are looking for ways to create a unique, inviting space, these five tips can help you design a welcoming yard that enhances your lifestyle and upgrades the quality of your home.

1. Build An Outdoor Kitchen

The kitchen is the nerve-center of your home; it's where guests gather and mingle at parties and where your family connects after a long day. Whether you want a simple snack or are eager to try out a new recipe, the kitchen is your go-to spot. However, by creating an outdoor kitchen, you can upgrade the quality of your "nerve-center" immensely. Building an outdoor kitchen requires much more than simply propping up a few plastic chairs and a flimsy table - to do an outdoor kitchen right, consider incorporating the following items:

  • Grill: gas, charcoal, or a hybrid of the two
  • Sink
  • Small refrigerator
  • Roof/shelter
  • A fire table with seating
  • Ample counter space
  • Substantial lightning
  • Storage for tongs, grill brushes, hot mitts, etc.

When building your outdoor kitchen, first decide on the architectural style you want so you can select materials and design items that pull the entire look together. Rustic, traditional, and modern styles are typically the most common, simply because they can blend in as an extension of your home. Also, be sure to choose a surface that is grease, fire, and stain-resistant and durable enough to withstand the elements.

2. Have Plenty Of Seating Options

Comfy benches, deep chairs, sturdy stools: the more seating options you can incorporate in your backyard, the better. Custom seating helps to create a space that everyone can enjoy and adds an element of comfort to your backyard. Consider including both stationary and movable benches and chairs. Not only does this allow you to arrange your area, but it also gives visitors the freedom to slide chairs together for a chat, or pull a bench over to join a conversation. Check out RST Brands' wide variety of outdoor seating and patio furniture options.

3. Enhance The Visual Appeal

Small accents can make a big impact on your backyard. A unique sculpture or a captivating water feature can make your space special, welcoming, and relaxing. Visit your local flea market or nearby architectural salvage shops for items that can enhance your backyard without breaking your bank. Similarly, consider using pots, vases, and containers to add pops of color and texture.

4. Own Your Zone

Even if you have great seating, fashion-forward furniture, and colors and textures that reflect your lifestyle, your space can still feel "off" without proper arrangement. By simply arranging your furniture in a clever arrangement that works within your space, you can create an outdoor living space that enhances the quality of your home. Small spaces, for example, might benefit from a bench or dining table in the corner, while larger areas can be broken up with different rugs or textures.

5. Protect Your Privacy

Lastly, if you want your backyard to be more of a private area, consider incorporating elements that help enhance that privacy. Simple shrubs or dwarf trees might be all you need to make your space special. You can also plant containers with vines that scale a trellis or add a sheer sliding curtain to maintain a truly personal space.