How to Create The Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Area
When summer weather starts rearing its face, you’re not going to want to spend your days cooped up in your home. You want to take advantage of the fresh air and warm sun as much as possible. Sharing this experience with friends would also be a preferable option. If you want to make this happen, you’re going to need to prepare your backyard for entertainment. If you’re stumped on where to start, here are some ideas.
1. Get practical with seating
When you want to sit back and relax in your backyard, moving furniture around is the last thing on your mind. There’s always a similar dilemma: do you pick lightweight furniture that you can move around when bad weather is approaching or do you opt for something heavier? There are benefits and drawbacks to both. Most of the time, lighter furniture is less comfortable and luxurious, meaning you’re sacrificing comfort for practicality. Heavy furniture like sofas aren’t easy to maneuver, so it will often remain tucked away unless it’s particularly nice weather.
You can get pretty clever with your porch seating options. Instead of moving furniture around, make furniture part of the design. Making walls that are actually built-in seats can allow you to create the ideal weather-resistant seating option. When it’s nice outside, you can just toss a cushion or comfortable pillow and relax in your backyard as long as you please without worrying about the furniture.
2. Cook up some delicious meals
Cooking is a pretty fun activity on its own. You get to create a piece of delicious art that you can then eat afterward. The only way to make this activity even more fun is to add an outdoor element. There's nothing quite like cooking up a barbecue in your own backyard. It's a time-honoured tradition for warm weather months. After being cooped up in your home for most of the winter, getting some fresh air always feels wonderful.
Design yourself an outdoor cooking area and you can start making delicious meals right away. The most important thing you need is a custom oven since cooking will be your main focus. If you want to also prepare food while you're outside, you might want a separate surface for preparation and spices. Bench space and a sink could come in handy as well. With all of these elements, you'll have a blast preparing food for your friends at your own personal barbecue.
3. Keep it extra warm
If you have some spare space in your backyard and a penchant for cooking marshmallows, you might want to consider adding a fire pit. Is there anything more charming than sitting by a fire late at night and having a chat? It’s not something you want to pass up if you have the means to make it happen.
Creating a firepit shouldn’t be too difficult. It really depends on how big you want the pit to be. If you want something that will last, you might want to create a dedicated arrangement for the firepit. Install some heat-resistant seating around your designated firepit area and start building from that. You’ll get your fire pit and a cozy seating area to boot!
4. Weather the storm
The only downside to having fun outside is that you're at the whim of the weather. If the weather turns sour, you're pretty much out of luck. You're not going to be able to have your coffee outside or barbecue with your friends. That is unless you have some shelter to keep the rain and wind at bay.
Your outdoor entertainment area could always use a little bit of protection, just in case. Even the most favourable season is going to have a few bad days that don’t allow for outdoor fun. Installing yourself a lightweight alfresco roof would help you protect your backyard area from rain and snow throughout the year. You could even place it above your barbecue, allowing you to keep cooking even as the weather turns sour. As long as you have some coverage, you can keep entertaining guests as long as you please.
5. Create an appealing view
What good is a backyard if you don’t have a gorgeous view to go with it? Half the appeal of spending time outside is enjoying a little bit of natural backdrop. If your garden isn’t looking up to shape yet, it might be time to turn it into a gorgeous natural oasis.
You can start by adding a few flowers here and there. That’s the easy part. The difficult part is maintaining them. You need to know the right type of soil to add that will help the flowers last. Watering them on intuition alone won’t last too long. You need to make sure they’re getting the exact amount of water they need. Afterward, it’s all smooth sailing.
Preparing your outdoor area for fun and games isn’t all too difficult. You just have to think of ways to make it convenient. Start with some of these ideas and work from there. In no time, you’ll have an ideal outdoor area for your friends and family to enjoy.