It’s that time of year again; summer in Minnesota! Now is a great time to prep your backyard to enjoy all the amazing moments you’ll have with friends and family this summer. Here are some creative outdoor living tips to make the most out of your backyard during the summer season:
Make It Grill-Friendly
Make sure you have a flat space for grill storage and use. If need be, put in a mini concrete patio just for this seasonal activity — you won’t regret it! If you want to take things to the next level, create an entire grill station! Need some inspiration? Take a look at some of the amazing grill patios featured in Country Living here.
Create a Comfy Dining Area
Whether it’s the typical patio set or some cozy interior-looking chairs next to a mini round table, make sure you have seating and tables that allow you to casually munch on snacks or enjoy an entire meal.
Consider a Rolling Cart
Indoors you have your entire kitchen; outdoors, we often try and prep meals on one little tray! To add ease to your food prep, serving, and dining experience, find or create a rolling cart and load it up with serving basics.
Dazzle With Decor
A little bit of extra effort will go a long way in making your yard an attractive place to be. In addition to flowers and greenery, consider lanterns, candles, outdoor pillows, potted plants, or a mini fountain. Take a peek at some creative ideas found on Pinterest here. A great way to plan decor is to place decorative objects at least three levels; have one or several beauty items on the ground, at eye-level, and hanging above.
Light It Up
With easy access to solar-powered light bulbs and lanterns, there’s no reason your yard can’t look as pretty at night as it does during the day. Strands of solar-powered string lights can make a big impact for a minimal investment.
Focus on a Firepit
What’s better than s’mores after dinner, you might ask? Gourmet s’mores! Check out some fun recipes for unique s’more combos here. After your guests have enjoyed a relaxing night of backyard dining, cozying up around the campfire is the perfect way to connect and unwind.
Create a Pet-Friendly Space
If you have a dog, they’ll thank you for defining a space just for them. Consider fencing off a portion of the yard just for your pup or adding a patio play area with an attractive landscape. Check out these innovative ideas for a pooch-friendly space.
Think About Adding a Sunroom
Unfortunately, the outdoor season in Minnesota does eventually come to an end. To continue your outdoor lifestyle well beyond the warmest of days, consider adding a sunroom. A sunroom (or three-season porch) can be practical, beautiful, and valuable — and it’s an affordable way to add square footage to your home.
Need help making your backyard the amazing escape you want it to be? We can help upgrade your yard with a deck or patio or by adding on a sunroom! Connect with us at Homecare Inc Remodeling to chat with our experienced remodeling team. We’re proud to serve Minnesota homeowners in Bloomington, Edina, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Apple Valley, Richfield, and throughout the entire Twin Cities!