Are you excited by the idea of being on an unending vacation in the comfort of your own home?
Twinkling lights, an inviting lounge area, and luxurious accents are some of the things that contribute to a resort-like feel.
Imagine your outdoor space with glowing garden lights, swaying hammock, the sound of flowing water, and a bold tropical foliage. It brings luxurious relaxation vibes, right?
Did you know that you can enjoy all these without paying for flights, hotel accommodations, and other fees?
Yes, you can have all these in your backyard. Of course, not every element is ideal for your project.
Take cues from those expensive resorts and see what fits within your small patch of green.
In our blog, we’ve compiled some of the most important tips you should consider when turning your garden into a resort-like retreat. Read on to learn more!
1. Privacy Is Paramount
The first step in your project should be to improve your backyard’s privacy.
Of course, many properties already have such an environment, but if yours doesn’t, then make it a priority on top of your to-do list.
Wood fencing is one of the best and cheapest ways of enclosing your backyard.
It’s worth noting, though, some backyard layouts are not ideal for any kind of fencing.
It’d be prudent to consult an expert and find alternatives, like retractable backyard screens or planting trees around your property, before commencing with any fencing project. (1)
2. Decide on a Theme
Every resort has a theme, and it’s important that you decide on one before purchasing what you need for your project.
With this in mind, it’s quite easy to bring your backyard together for a cohesive appearance.
Whether you’d like a comfy outdoor deck for your patio or a garden inspired by the tropics and mountains, you can always recreate your favorite environment with the right tools.
Research on the most popular themes and find one that catches your eye.
3. Build a Gazebo
A space where you could find shade from the sun after a day of gardening or a place to sip wine and talk with friends, gazebos are popular mainstays for resorts and homes.
The versatility of gazebos is nearly endless, where you could host a garden wedding one morning; buy a few steaks, fire up the grill, and have a barbecue the next day; and have your kids’ birthdays and playdates in between.
And as such, most families are keen to add gazebos in their properties (which would potentially increase the property’s value, mind you).
If you’re thinking of adding one, keep your theme in mind, though, when choosing the right gazebo you’d like.
Depending on your landscaping and theme, property size, and your needs, gazebos could be made from steel, vinyl, or wood. Some gazebos are built as deck extensions or as separate constructions in your yard.
However, remember like any building or addition to your home, this is a sizeable investment but one worth venturing in.
To keep costs down, there are retractable ones you could set up and disassemble after one event or when you just feel like having lunch outdoors with your family.
That way, you save on building and maintenance costs and save on precious yardage.
4. Install the Right Lighting System
The whole point of a resort in your garden is to enjoy a relaxing environment. Lights play a good part in calming your mood.
If you love spending time in an outdoor space at night, a set of hanging light bulbs should be your priority.
Apart from the security pathway lights give, you might need to hang a few bulbs on your patio, gazebo, and other outdoor spaces where you enjoy spending time with your family.
String lights, for instance, have become quite popular because they produce soft lights and don’t consume a lot of power. (2)
Also, different colors elicit different emotions, so that’s something to consider.
Blue lighting, for one, has been known to calm one’s emotions and accelerate relaxation.
Depending on your needs, be sure to research on the right color to avoid something you might not like.
5. Include a Water Feature
No mini resort is complete without the sound of running or trickling water. Nothing could compare to the serenity and peace to the sound of waterfalls.
One benefit of this addition is that it could help filter out the noise of your neighbors’ activities.
For instance, if you live near an area where there’s ongoing construction, a well-designed garden might not be enough to calm your nerves.
Building an outdoor waterfall is no easy feat, but this adds a bit of luxury to your home.
There are two important factors you’ll need to consider before embarking on this project—the waterfall’s cascading structure and the pool into which the water will be flowing.
The difficulty of building these features will depend on the space and layout of your backyard.
Inasmuch you could DIY this undertaking, maybe it’d be best to hire a professional.
Apart from an architect, engineer, or plumber, one expert you might need to consult is an electrician, especially if you don’t have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed.
Another pro you’ll need to talk to is a professional landscaper (if you haven’t already).
They’ll be able to give you advice on how you should design the water feature.
Nonetheless, after adding this feature to your yard, you’re one step closer to your own little Shangri-la.
Everyone yearns for a vacation after years of building careers or establishing businesses.
However, not everyone can afford luxurious, breaking-the-bank retreats. Even those willing to spend the cash can’t do so for long.
If you’re looking to enjoy your own piece of paradise, turn your garden into one.
All you need are a few tweaks and the right accessories and you’re ready to go.
Invest in your privacy before anything else. Once that’s sorted, you go ahead and start installing features like a deck or gazebo, your own waterfall, and don’t forget lighting.
As you do all these, be sure to decide on a specific theme as a template for all your fixtures.
From a tropical hideout to glamping close to home, you can always come up with something that meets what your family wants and ensures that you enjoy a relaxing outdoor space right in the neck of your woods.
- “13 Landscaping Ideas For Creating Privacy”, Source: https://www.thespruce.com/privacy-in-yard-4135143
- “16 Outdoor Lighting Designs To Brighten Your Night Life”, Source: https://www.thespruce.com/outdoor-lighting-designs-to-spark-ideas-4685392