The warmer weather is upon us and that means we need to get our homes ready for summer gatherings. Not every home has the perfect backyard complete with fire pit and sophisticated outdoor kitchen like 133 Partridge Lane in Carlisle. However, if you have the space and resources, here are some great tips to step up your backyard game.
Add Harmony – Consider the style of your home’s architecture when you design your outdoor spaces. Keep things consistent when recreating your favorite details. Furniture, containers, colors of plants and surfaces all can tie in together.
Make a Plan – Look at nearby homes, online or in magazines for ideas. Save these for consult and make note of your favorite plants, colors and combinations.
Assess the Sunlight, Shade and Soil – Start with the areas closest to the house for function. Decide which are best for eating, cooking, sitting and general outdoor enjoyment. Consider which are in direct sunlight and are most hot. Create more shade with appropriate plants or select more hardy ones should they be in dry or moist areas.
Create some Views – If you don’t already have great views, the good news is you can create some. Don’t live along a pond or picturesque forest? No problem. Build a trellis with some colorful growth, consider a wall with ivy or even a water feature surrounded by rock, plants and flowers as a focal point.
Appeal to the Senses – Consider all five senses when doing your planning. Plant herbs to provide a great aroma, perhaps a water feature with a tranquil noise or a flower garden with robust colors.
Build Gathering Spaces – This is among the most important. Summer is when our yards become an extension of our living areas so it is wise to create areas that are conducive to these get togethers. Invest in a comfortable patio set, welcoming chaise lounges or even a fire pit for those perfect summer nights.
If you are looking to purchase a home that offers some of these comforts or affords the opportunity to add them, contact us today.