We tend to think that home renovations start from the inside of our house, but we should pay as much attention to the exterior as to the interior. A well-kept garden, outdoor lighting and a beautiful patio can completely change the look and feel of a house. So when redecorating your home, be sure to give a lot of attention to your patio/barbecue area and gardens. In this article, I will give you some useful tips on how to transform your patio/barbecue space into a place that acts as a beautiful transition space from the outside to the inside and save you some money in the process.
Choose your style
Whether you are building your home from scratch or remodelling your home, you should carefully consider the style of your patio. There are many styles you can choose for your home, but it is important that the style you choose relates to the rest of your home. If you’re redecorating your home to look like a beachfront house, then a wooden patio would suit your home style perfectly, while the tiles would work better in another design. You might want to match the style of the pathways around your house.
You don’t necessarily need to hire a professional landscaper. You can follow DIY websites or influencers social media pages to get ideas. If you do your research before you start, it might end up saving you from costly mistakes. Take advantage of other people’s experiences.
Decide on type of space
Some people enjoy turning their patio into a comfortable outdoor seating area for guests, an area to host parties, while others prefer to use their patio/barbecue space as a quiet place to read and relax. Decide what you want to do with your patio. Once you have decided what you want to create, you can start buying the materials needed to transform the space. The basic furniture for the patio/barbecue space would be a table, chairs and a sofa. You need to buy furniture of the right size for your outdoor space. Never place large pieces of furniture in small spaces and small pieces of furniture may seem lost in large spaces. The trick is to find the perfect balance. Always measure your spaces and pay attention to the dimensions of the furniture you plan to buy before you purchase anything new.
Because your yard is outdoors, you must have lots of flowers to make you feel that you are still outside. Its patio area really is the meeting point between nature and the living room. This is the reason why plants and water characteristics play such an important role in the fusion of both. The way you merge the two areas is placing pots in your yard. These flowerpots can be filled with colourful, leafy or even succulent plants; the choice really depends on the style of the house and your preferences. Don’t place anything sharp or prickly where people would be walking or sitting.
The sound of running water immediately calms the nervous system and puts people in a relaxed state of being. A water source in your yard, like a fountain, makes the outdoor space much quieter and easier to set up. Miniature fountains can be purchased at many hardware stores and garden stores and are relatively inexpensive, depending on size and characteristics.
There are many great ideas you can find to create patio/barbecue spaces online, so gather ideas from different places and turn your patio into a sanctuary. With the above ideas, the process of landscaping will be amazing. You could do it on your own or find a contractor to help you install it.
Add heat and light
You will need outdoor lighting for evening and night time. Adding an outdoor fireplace will allow you to host into the evening and will provide warmth and light for your guests. Adding a brazier can give a great atmosphere and your guests can roast marshmallows into the night. But another option is installing a bioethanol or gas fireplace. They are perfect for warmth and real flames, but without any smoke blowing into anyone and no ashes to clean up afterwards. Bioethanol or gas outdoor fires can be turned on and off, so there’s no chance of embers creating a fire after everyone’s gone to bed.
Enjoy your new area
Nothing can compare to the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction of creating a comfortable outdoor area for your family and a great new barbecue space for your guests to congregate. Finally, a place to put that outdoor furniture you’ve been saving. A great place for birthday parties. More space for your guests to spread out. That indoor-outdoor flow you’ve always wanted. Or maybe you just want a nice, quiet space to read a book or listen to a podcast, close to nature in the privacy of your back yard.