Creating a custom retreat in your outdoor space into a custom retreat is inarguably the smartest home improvement project any homeowner can invest in. The benefits of doing this are many and well-rounded. In terms of monetary value, an outdoor retreat will improve your home’s resale value by a huge country mile. In terms of aesthetic beauty, green and warm spaces in your home will attract the attention of passers-by from across the street. In terms of health benefits, a serene environment is filled with clean air, is a stress reliever, and has a natural ability to calm both the body and brain. The benefits are endless.
The Ultimate Guide to Transforming Your Backyard Into a Tranquil Haven
Creating your home-sweet-home getaway is easier and more affordable than you might imagine. You don’t have to spend big bucks all at once. All you need is a master plan. You can build your dream space one step at a time- patiently and consistently- and everything will eventually come together nicely. Here are 9 additions you can invest in as you transform your backyard into a tranquil haven:
- Install swinging benches
Swinging gently on a bench that hangs securely from a strong tree branch is an underrated haven of relaxation- perfect for enjoying a gentle breeze as you listen to calming bird sounds. Swinging benches are cheap to make and don’t require a big space. You don’t even need to create a budget for this one.
- And a hammock
A hammock is perfect for afternoon naps after a heavy lunch, sunbathing, or when you want to enjoy your favorite book/magazine. For a comfortable lounging experience, throw in some outdoor pillows or cushions.
- Bring peace and serenity with soothing water features
Water features foster your home’s ambiance. The soothing sounds of running water- to die for! Water sounds reduce stress, aid relaxation, and create a peaceful space that only nature can create. The sounds also drown out all the other noises in your atmosphere, creating a calming effect that anyone would love to go home to. What’s even more amazing is that there’s a water feature for any space, personal style, and budget. If you don’t have the space for a pond, a water fountain will do. If you don’t have the budget for a standalone fountain, a wall fountain will suffice. You can even add a waterfall stream if you’re in the mood for sophistication.
- Make the backyard livelier and healthier with a lush garden
A healthy, lush, thriving garden in your backyard transforms your home into an elegant oasis. To achieve lushness, you’ll require plants of different sizes, shapes, foliage, thicknesses, colors, and textures. Colorful plants are particularly necessary for breaking the green monotony that many gardens have.
Note: You will need to regularly improve the quality and health of your soil by adding fertilizer.
- Add some outdoor lighting
Outdoor lighting serves two purposes: One, it illuminates the backyard and makes it functional past the sunset. Two, it injects ambiance into your outdoor spaces. At the very least, add wall-mounted downlights on the porch and around the work areas (e.g. the grill). Dimmable electric lamps or solar-powered accent lights would also be great additions to highlight pathways and create a magical feel.
- Inject some warmth
You can achieve this by adding a hot tub or spa on the deck. An outdoor fireplace would also add warmth to your backyard while doubling up as a natural outdoor focal point.
- Create a shade with a pergola
Sometimes you’ll want to enjoy the sun from a comfortable spot, away from its harsh rays. A shaded pergola is perfect for this purpose. You can set up a dining area in the pergola where you’ll be sharing meals, coffee, love, laughter, and stories as you create lasting bonds with family and friends. A beautiful pergola also adds elegance, comfort, and function to your backyard.
- Bring out some furniture for added comfort
Furnishing your outdoor space is easier now than before considering that there are endless outdoor furniture options. Be sure to buy sturdy and durable furniture that’s specially designed to withstand harsh outdoor weather elements. Cast iron and wrought aluminum are some of the best materials for outdoor furniture. They’re waterproof, synthetic, stylish, durable, and lightweight enough to move around with ease.
- Add privacy walls to complete your outdoor retreat
On top of adding privacy to your outdoor oasis, privacy walls also inject personality and style into the home's overall decor. That's why you don't just add any wall. You should hire a professional siding company to install a stylish and functional wall for optimal visual appeal. A professional company should be able to build a privacy wall that shields your outdoor haven from the sun or the wind without making it look too obvious or basic. They should also use natural materials (such as red cedar) to tie everything together in a nice way. Natural wood blends well with lush gardens and other outdoor features.
Creating an outdoor haven in your home will take patience, a budget, hard work, and professional help sometimes. It's a marathon, not a sprint, so take your time to design and execute the most perfect outdoor upgrade. Remember to stick to your master plan.