Feel like getting away without leaving home? It’s easier than you think! Here are six original ideas to spruce up your backyard into your own personal resort!
Put in an outdoor kitchen
Recreate that holiday vibe at home by setting up an outdoor kitchen… because after all, everyone knows the best parties always happen in the kitchen! From top-of-the-line barbecues to full kitchens, bar fridges and pizza ovens, the possibilities are endless!
Set up an inviting living room
Bring out the rugs, coffee tables, throws and cushions to create a comfortable and inviting space to relax. From gathering with friends to a late afternoon nap, outdoor furniture is becoming more comfortable, versatile and attractive. And let's not forget the hammocks and hanging chairs, a must for la dolce vita!
Have a sunny spot? Why not create your own private beach? It's easier and more affordable than it sounds: protect the surface from weeds with a geotextile fabric and cover it with at least 30 cm of sand. Add an umbrella (or palapa), lounge chairs and you can soak up some sun with your toes in the sand!
Colourful, fragrant and lush, tropical plants add exotic flair to your yard. Canna, bougainvillea, hibiscus, palm, yucca, passion flower and coleus are just few of our favourites. Here’s a tip: group particularly fragrant plants near the spa or pool. You'll feel like you're swimming in the tropics! For the pots, choose bright colours, such as yellow, orange or red to add to the exotic feel.
Create a games zone
What better way to feel like you're on vacation than with games? If you have enough space, create a petanque court: cover an area of about 3 by 12 meters with fine compacted gravel. Install a net (at a height of about 2 meters) for volleyball and badminton games. Do you have a tall fence? Hang a dartboard on it.
Design a bar area
A bar is a great place to entertain, plus it can lend a certain personality to your outdoor space, especially if you choose a theme (Hawaiian, rustic, etc.). You can keep the set-up fairly basic, with some storage and a cooler, or go all out with a bar fridge and sink for greater functionality.