May in Maryland brings the start of outdoor entertaining and outdoor dining. If your backyard…
Does your backyard leave something to be desired? Maybe you have an old patio that’s seen better days. If it’s hard to relax in your backyard because you see so many things wrong with it, keep reading to learn about 10 elements that can turn your backyard into the luxurious resort you deserve.
1. Custom Inground Pool
The first element you need to convert your backyard into a resort-like setting is an inground pool. With a fiberglass pool, you’ll be limited to a certain number of shapes and sizes, which may be appropriate for your needs. A concrete/gunite pool will allow you to customize every single feature, from shape and size to pool finishes such as tile, pebble finish, pool decking, and more.
Using high-end materials will enhance the resort feel.
2. Tanning Ledge/Splash Pad
When you’re building your pool, incorporate a tanning ledge into the design. This allows you to set up in-pool lounge chairs where you can get a tan but still stay cool. And if you have little ones, a tanning ledge is a built-in splash pad where they can play safely under your supervision.
3. One or More Water Features
Add a pool waterfall to make your pool even more fabulous. Whether you choose a rock waterfall with lush landscaping or elegant cascade waterfalls, the look and sound of falling water are relaxing and refreshing.
4. An Outdoor Bar
Did you stay at a resort with a swim-up bar on your honeymoon? Do you like Happy Hour? Make an outdoor bar part of your overall outdoor living design. You can have a swim-up bar at the edge of your pool, build it into your pool, or have a bar as part of your outdoor kitchen area.
5. Outdoor Rooms
By mentioning the outdoor kitchen, that reminds us. Configure your outdoor living area as a series of rooms. The pool area is one room. An outdoor kitchen is another. Add an outdoor dining room and outdoor living room (your patio seating area) and you’re set. Add even more definition between spaces by putting the outdoor kitchen and outdoor dining area under a pavilion. This protects you and your guests from the harsh summer sun as well as a stray shower.
6. Invest in Quality Patio Furniture and Pool Loungers
If you have this lovely pool and patio, don’t ruin the ambiance with plastic chairs. Invest in high-end patio furniture with attractive and comfy cushions. Consider buying new patio furniture in the off-season when it’s on sale. And get pool loungers made for sitting in the pool, so you don’t have to worry about rust or splashing water.
7. Outdoor Lighting
Don’t forget about outdoor lighting. It can set the mood for each of your outdoor living spaces. Consider an outdoor-rated chandelier for the dining area, pendant lighting for the food prep/bar area, built-in stair lights and pool lighting, and more. Consider putting your lights on a timer or using notion sensor lights to light each area efficiently.
8. Fire Features
If you’re going to create this luxurious, private resort area, you’re going to want to use it nearly year-round. By adding one or more fire pits, an outdoor fireplace, and kerosene patio heaters, you can extend your time outdoors and the number of parties you can have.
9. Landscaping and Potted Plants
Whether you’ve created an elegant resort with classic lines or a tropical paradise, don’t forget the landscaping. Choose plants and a landscape design that complement your private resort style. You can also add potted plants and change them out with the seasons.
10. The Right Contractor
Building a resort in your backyard takes planning and the help of design professionals. Make sure you find a contractor with experience in high-end outdoor living spaces so you’re not disappointed with the end results. Ask friends, neighbors, and coworkers for recommendations and who to avoid. Check their reviews and their website portfolios to see if they do the quality work you deserve. Interview several outdoor living contractors and choose the one you trust the most.
You’ll be lounging poolside before you know it!
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