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Backyard Renovation: Transform Your Space to a Resort-Like Oasis

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06.27.2021

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Imagine this: you step outside and into a stunning, relaxing, beautiful oasis with a hanging rattan chair, softly lit garden lights with lush greenery, and the sound of water trickling from a fountain.  This backyard renovation sounds awesome, right? 

I mean this is a place you could relax and unwind and you can do it all in your backyard without buying an expensive flight to some far-off land.

You also wouldn’t need to take time off of work, figure out babysitting options for your dog, or do the summer freak out of the “I need to lose 50 lbs before I go on vacation” thing we all do.  That sounds more awesome! 

In just a few steps you could go from having a “blah” backyard to one that has all the vacation-inspired oohs and ahs you always dreamed of. 

So how do you go about something like this? Glad you asked! 

Today, we’re going to be talking about your backyard renovation. Particularly, we’ll discuss how to turn your backyard into a resort-inspired oasis. 

Take as many of these backyard renovation ideas as you want and make them your own or let them invigorate you into new ideas you come up with on your own!

5 Spectacular Backyard Renovation Ideas

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Here are amazing backyard renovation ideas to amaze your guests and family:

1. Set the mood with lighting.

The ambiance is key when creating an oasis outdoors.  And you should have more than one option available to you.  Different types of light can create different moods and looks.  A few options to consider:

Hanging Lights

These come by way of hanging lanterns and hanging garden lights.  These work well if you have trees to hang the lights from or you can figure out a way to design a lighting rig from one side of the fence to the other using wire or rope. 

There are also garden lights that come with wires so all you have to do is use posts to prop them up.  Hanging lanterns can come either empty and you can place your own candles in them. The safer option are no-flame candles.

Firepits

It used to be that these were rickety and unsafe.  But, these days you can find well-made firepits that allow you to use woo. As an alternative, you can find gas firepits where you quite literally flick a switch and it turns on.  These are really pretty and very functional.

Landscape Lighting

If you have trees, bushes, ferns, grass, and the like. Consider landscape lights, these tend to be in the background but they help light your areas up and also create a warm ambiance.

2. Create a theme.

Yeah, I said it.  Themes might seem cheesy, but if done right, these can be a fantastic way to set the mood for your resort oasis.  Mind you, your oasis doesn’t have to include a sandy beach – it can be whatever relaxes you.  Here are some backyard renovation theme ideas:

Moroccan Theme

Oooh la la!  For this idea, include vibrant colors – especially reds, oranges, yellows, and blues!  Flora and fauna are also important, especially vibrant flowers like red and orange carnation and lush greenery.  Add in some drapes, mini lanterns, and plush comfortable seating and you are well on your way to creating the perfect Moroccan vacation.

Mediterranean Theme

The first thing I think about is sandy tans and ocean-like blues.  This would be a super relaxing theme for your backyard.  Make sure that you include light-colored furniture cushions (tan, khaki, white, cream, etc) with dark-colored accents.  Also, adding a water theme would be very important in executing your backyard ideas.

Mountain Theme

Maybe you aren’t all about the warm weather – that’s fine too, maybe you like mountains!  If you do like the mountains and want a mountain theme you want to include “natural” elements such as stone and wood. That means a stone firepit, natural wood chairs and a wood table, a vertical garden wall, and metal lantern lights with glass panels or panes.

These are just 3 ideas, but you could go for any theme that you like. Just make sure you choose one that relaxes you. It also helps if the theme matches your porch design and patio furniture.

3. Choose different chair seating options.

A resort is a place to relax and unwind.  They tend to have super comfortable chairs despite what the “norm” is and you should too.  Yes, you should have a standard dining room table and chairs outside.  But, you should also be thinking about comfortable chaise lounges, lush chairs with big fluffy pillows to take a nap on, and anything else that promotes relaxation and comfort. 

You can also place these in different areas according to your needs.  For example, if you want to hang around, no pun intended, in the shade in a swinging chair – put a swinging chair in a shadier area in your yard.  On the other hand, if you want to catch some rays in the sun, place your chaise lounge in a sunnier part of the yard.

4. Try placing resort-style features.

If you have a pool and it’s something you use often but aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your oasis; adding resort features is a great place to start.  Resorts that have pools pretty much all do the same thing because it works. 

This means adding umbrellas, furnishings, and fabrics in fresh colors. It also means placing chaise lounges and tanning chairs around the pool.  You can also roll up towels and place those in a poolside basket to maximize the poolside resort style.

5. Add a water feature.

Adding a fire feature is important, but adding a water feature is also important.   Not only can it transform your outdoor space into a relaxing oasis and essentially the perfect backyard, but depending on where your house is and how noisy “outside” noise is, water can help mask noises such as traffic or kids playing outside. 

The nice thing about water features is they can be as small or as big as you want.  It depends on you, your budget, and your space.  If the perfect backyard for you has a waterfall – do a waterfall!  Maybe the perfect backyard for you means a fountain or a pond with running water or a vertical water wall.  Whatever you want you can and should have!

Conclusion

There you have it─ five amazing backyard renovation ideas that will surely tickle anyone’s fancy. If you like these backyard renovation ideas, why don’t you start doing them now? Enjoy!




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