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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ways to Create Inviting Backyard Atmosphere

If you have a back yard, getting outside to enjoy beautiful weather is likely a favorite past time. Whether you have a large yard or a small yard with limited space, you can create an inviting atmosphere with simple backyard projects.

A Play Area for the Kids

As a parent, you know that getting your kids outside to play is important. Physical exercise builds strong bones and releases pent-up energy that creates anxiety and sleeping problems. Select a sunny spot in the yard away from trees and shrubs that you can easily see from the house. Consider a few pieces of equipment that your kids will enjoy like a swing set, a see-saw, a jungle gym or a trampoline. If you have the space, you can also include a place for lawn games like horseshoes, lawn bowling, shuffleboard or bat mitten. If your kids are toddler age, a simple sandbox filled with toys, pails and shovels will create a fun outdoor play area. 

A Cozy Fire Pit for Warmth

A cozy backyard fire pit will provide a warm gathering spot on cool evenings. It will create a comfortable place to relax with a glass of wine, enjoy conversations with family and friends, and roast marshmallows with the kids. Fire pits are affordable and easy to build. You can find DIY kits for in-ground and above-ground fire pits at most local home improvement stores or online. There are also more decorative, prefabricated fire pits that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials that can be placed in the back yard or on the patio or deck. These smaller, more decorative models are great for back yards with limited space.

A Backyard Pavilion 

An outdoor pavilion will create a comfortable backyard area for relaxation and entertaining. Since a pavilion typically has a closed roof and open walls, it provides a certain amount of shelter from hot sun and rain. To create more privacy and weather protection, you can install outdoor draperies or panels that can be closed when needed. A pavilion is simple and affordable to build and install in most backyard areas with some flat terrain. You can build it in a size that fits comfortably in your yard and suits your needs for outdoor activities. You can choose from building materials including wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and composites that fit comfortably within your budget. 

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