There is nothing like relaxing outdoors when the weather is beautiful. Whether you prefer the mountains, the beach, the forest or the plains, having a great space in which to enjoy it is worth its weight in gold.
It takes time to create the perfect space—and a lot of research. It also takes money. But taking time to plan it and sometimes delaying certain purchases until you can get what you want is worth it.
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Many people who now have an outdoor space they love will tell you that it has taken years to buy all the things necessary to build their perfect peaceful outdoor mecca. But piece by piece, they have done it, and now all they have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy their work.
You can too! Even if you start with a simple chair and table and work your way up, always keeping in mind the big picture of what you want goes a long way. It is all about visualization.
Before you go to a store, think about the purpose of your outdoor space. Are you planning to use it for hosting meals or do you want it to be more of a reading nook? Do you plan to use it to work from home or will it be more of a leisure space?
Once you have concreted this in your mind, dream big! Imagine that you won a Better Homes and Gardens contest to create your perfect patio where you are now and are working to design it with design professionals. Perhaps you always imagined your family relaxing on luxurious outdoor couches around a stone fire pit or have always wanted a backyard bar to entertain guests. While it might not be financially feasible now or you may not have the ideal space to do it, find small ways to bring those dreams to life.
For example, you could set up a small table behind you where you could create a small mini-bar just for when you are outside. This could include purchasing an ice bucket and special martini shaker to use only when you are relaxing outdoors. Finding even small and cheap ways to add a bit of luxury to your outdoor experience will make you like space even more and feel more fulfilled there, even if it’s not exactly what you hope for in the future.
It is also important to invest in a comfortable sitting spot. This could mean buying a new outdoor couch set, a full table, and chairs, or even just a simple lounge chair, depending on your budget.
Does the area you want to relax in have full sun or is it generally shady? If it is getting a lot of suns, consider buying a patio table with an umbrella or some sort of outdoor retractable shades. Shades can often be more economical, however, as they can be extended on sunny days to help cool your house as well as you, which cuts down on air-conditioning bills.
Another way to add comfort to your outdoor space is to develop a green thumb. Many people have created the perfect outdoor spaces to take an interest in nature. They know the names of different plants and flowers and often walk around their yards checking them and thinking of where they can add new ones.
Overall, be sure to always keep your eyes out for new ideas. Facebook, Pinterest, and the internet, in general, are filled with pictures of people who have made the most of their patio space, no matter how small. These can be a great inspiration as you develop your own area.