With the current world landscape, we can either fight it or accept it and do something for ourselves, such as creating the perfect staycation in our homes.
Most of our summer travel plans might have been put on hold, but our current situation opens up an opportunity to make an outdoor living space for the perfect staycation spot that the whole family can enjoy together.
There are several factors to consider when planning for an outdoor living space or an indoor staycation spot. First, look at the end result; what is the feeling you are trying to create? Then, think about what you have lying around in the home that you can use. Make a list of the items you don’t have so you can shop for them later. You can create a zen area, a haven, a family zone for games and fun, or recreate your favourite vacation spot.
If you’re one of the many families who want to use this time to create a backdoor oasis that will last for years, Soares Landscaping gathered our top tips to help you relax, enjoy your time at home, and reconnect with your family. If you’re unsure where to start, reach out to our team for a remote landscape design call.
5 Tips to Help You Relax, Enjoy Your Time, and Reconnect With Family
1. Mimic the Characteristics of Your Favourite Vacation Spot.
Whether it’s Hawaii, Mexico, or the Aspens, a vacation spot has specific characteristics that make it your ideal paradise. With proper landscaping, you can create the look and feel of a vacation right outside your backdoor.
An island vibe gives you colourful plants and a blue ocean, while a resort provides a relaxing feel with a comfortable lounge area and ambience. Although we can’t bring you the ocean, we can bring you a pool to lounge in, or a pond that reminds you of the sounds of waterfalls through a hike in Hawaii. An outdoor space should allow you to enjoy a vacation in the comfort of your home with a custom design that fits your style and your family’s needs.
2. Incorporate an Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area.
The delicious aroma of summer barbecues, the clink of ice in your cocktail, and a slight breeze to cool you off. The refreshing sensations of summer are engrained in our minds for the unforgettable pleasure that the season brings.
You can create your outdoor living space with entertainment in mind. The best combination for quality barbecues and meals with your family is a state-of-the-art grill, a private bar, and a beautiful outdoor dining area.
3. Add Backyard Lighting and Cozy Fire Pits.
Adding a variety of backyard lighting and a cozy fire pit creates a cozy ambiance for a relaxing evening outdoors. Think of your favourite resort at night - when the day ends, and the sun goes down, the lighting provides warmth and comfort.
With a combination of backlighting and uplighting, you can brighten walkways, highlight garden spots, and illuminate the patio to your liking. A customized fire pit with endless design options makes it easy to cater to your style and desired look. Or to remind you of camping, the s'mores, singing, and guitars. Enjoying conversations around the fire is the perfect way to end a long summer day.
4. Grow Your Own Garden.
A garden is an excellent way to refresh your outdoor living space and give life to your landscaping. Mimic a tropical paradise with large plants and colourful flowers that can transform any backyard.
Gardens, no matter the size, are proven to improve you and your family's overall health and happiness. Gardening together can boost your family’s spirit and be a great bonding experience.
5. Create a Family Experience With an Outdoor Living Room.
An outdoor living room provides a safe space for children to play and explore beyond the four walls of your house. Create a gathering around an outdoor fireplace, custom furniture to lounge in and enjoy the sun, and fresh turf for a safe play area for the kids.
If you take a few characteristics from your favourite vacation retreats, you can create a luxury ambiance right in the comfort of your own backyard. Now, more than ever, we are seeing how important the safe sanctuary of our home is during unprecedented and unexpected times.
According to the World Health Organization, good health is much more than the absence of illness and disease. The indicator of good overall health is the presence of positive emotions, quality of life, and happiness.
Endless Possibilities, Where Will You Start?
There are endless possibilities to transform your outdoor living space into the perfect staycation spot. One of the many benefits is with proper landscaping, you’ll be able to enjoy your space for many years.
Soares Landscaping is proud to contribute to the health of communities with beautiful landscapes that enhance the lives of homeowners and their families and friends.
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