Relax on a resort vacay every day of the year (or at least while it’s warm), by taking on a backyard renovation project that turns your outdoor space into something special. Whether large or small, every backyard can be given an upgrade to improve its style and functionality.
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The backbone of any luxury backyard space is its layout. A luxe outdoor space has different zones for different purposes –dining, lounging, activities, etc.
A great way to designate different zones is by changing up the elevation. Steps leading down to a lounging space, or an elevated dining area will add texture and visual interest to your backyard.
Make a Splash
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If there’s one thing that quite literally defines an oasis, it’s water. In fact, the official definition of oasis is a fertile spot in a desert where water is found.
Of course, not just any water feature can give your outdoor space that ultra-luxe vibe. If you’re hoping to transform your backyard, what you need is a pool, hot tub, or swim spa. Having the ability to relax at poolside, splash away a hot summer afternoon or soak away the stresses in a steaming hot tub instantly turns your backyard into the ultimate relaxation destination.
Opting for a swim spa can give you the best of both a pool and a spa and is an especially wise choice if your backyard is short on space or if you don’t want to take on the commitment of an inground pool.
Upgrade to an Outdoor Kitchen
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The days of the solitary BBQ seem to be on their way out, as an increasing number of homeowners are choosing to outfit their outdoor spaces with fully stocked kitchens, complete with bar seating. This is a great option if you love entertaining guests throughout the summer (and maybe spring and fall).
If the kitchen is outside, so is the party. Plus, the household chef and bartender will never have to miss out on a moment of the fun.
You might not realize it, but the seating you choose for your outdoor living space can have a major impact on the look and feel of your space. If you want to up the luxury factor and give your backyard that resort feeling, consider sumptuous seating, such as beautifully upholstered sectionals, and outdoor daybeds. These pieces are incredibly inviting, and often mimic styles seen on popular, tropical resorts.
Soften Up with Textiles
It may seem to be a small, even insignificant detail, but textiles can add a big punch of luxury to your backyard space. Think vibrant pillows and gauzy drapes floating from pergolas or gazebos. Somehow, the softness and the breezy-tossed motion encourages us to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Add Sizzle with a Fire Pit
One of the easiest ways to upgrade the ambiance in your backyard or cottage is with the addition of a fire feature. Not only does it create a cozy, interactive gathering place during the summer months, but it can also extend the enjoyment of your outdoor space into the cooler months of fall.
Of course, it’s important to note that fire pits and tables aren’t legal in all parts of Canada. Before purchasing a fire feature for your backyard, be sure to learn about your region’s open burn policy.