10 ways to create a backyard getaway

Last Updated : July 18 2017

10 ways to create a backyard getaway

by Erick Shaffer 2017 July 12

10 ways to create a backyard getaway

For many people, the backyard is often the at-home getaway. It's where you go to relax with your family, enjoy the outdoors at home, and have gatherings and barbecues with friends and family. For most people, an ideal backyard is private and secluded but provides the ideal setting for relaxation and enjoyment. However, an overgrown and unkempt yard can end up being more uncomfortable than relaxing. If your yard is more of an eyesore than a sanctuary, perhaps it's time to do something about it. This article aims at enlightening you on how you can turn your gazebo into a backyard gateway.

10 Tips to Turn a Gazebo Into a Backyard Getaway

1 - If you use your gazebo in the evenings, you know that bugs are always an issue. Even though you're under the cover, the large open air windows allow giant breezeways for the pesky pests to get in. Instead of buying citronella candle after citronella candle, investing in some screens for your gazebo's large open windows will help you solve the problem. With all of the money, you'll spend on bug spray and candles; you can spend it on a one-time investment that will continue to benefit you.

2 - If you have space in your gazebo, adding a table to the center is a great idea. If you find yourself constantly lugging small tables from inside the house to play a game or use to set food on inside the gazebo, having a table inside the gazebo at all times will make your life much easier. You can easily permanently attach the table to the gazebo floor and even add fun, seasonal centerpieces for a little extra décor inside the gazebo.

3 - Many homeowners use their gazebos as an entertainment feature for nighttime gatherings, so installing a light fixture in the gazebo itself will help you to keep the party going even after the sun goes down. There are many safe, outdoor lighting fixtures available at any hardware store that you can easily install and maintain. Instead of dragging everyone inside to play a game of cards, you can stay right where you are and just flick on the lights.

4 - If your gazebo has become a play shelter on sunny days for the kids, it's an ex to an excellent idea to keep a small toy chest in the gazebo for them. By keeping outdoor friendly toys there & limiting which toys can be used in the gazebo (stay away from things with a lot of small parts or paper that can be blown away by the wind), you can be sure that toys and game pieces won't be lost outdoors.

5 - Although it seems simple, creating a walkway with stepping stones leading through your yard to your gazebo is an excellent way to make it feel even more like a true "extension of the home." It will also help the grass that is normally walked on to access the gazebo from getting too "trampled" looking, ruining an otherwise perfect landscape.

6 - If you often use your gazebo for entertaining, some simple landscaping can make all the difference in the impact that shelter has on your guests. A gazebo alone is beautiful, but adding some small shrubs and flowers along the base and entryway of the unit will help to truly set it apart as a feature of the backyard. Coordinating flower colors to the shades of your home (and your gazebo if it's painted) will help tie together the theme of your backyard just like a professionally designed room.

7 - If your gazebo currently isn't painted, you can add some color and coordination to it by painting it in the same colors as your house. Just as you would coordinate items in your living room, your gazebo is an accessory to your home. By having it match its surroundings, you can give it an entirely new look and feel.

8 - If you don't want to install screens in your gazebo, but you're still looking for something to fill those big open windows - hanging baskets of flowers or greenery, as you would on a front porch, will help to fill up these gaps and give your gazebo some beautiful accent pieces. You can swap out the flowers depending on the season, and the baskets are easily removable for the winter months.

9 - If you use your gazebo for a food buffet during entertaining, it might be a good idea to place some picnic tables or benches around it so guests don't have far to walk after they get their food. You'll also be able to use the tables for other things during the year like outdoor dinners at home or even an outdoor activity place for the kids during the summer.

10 - Finally, a gazebo is truly an extension of the home and a beautiful asset to any backyard. By keeping it maintained and ensured that the landscaping around it is always properly cared for, your backyard will truly seem like a getaway. As a homeowner, it's your responsibility to keep your backyard looking it's best - and paying some extra attention to your gazebo will help you accomplish just that. By getting the most out of your backyard shelter, you'll be getting the most out of your backyard.

Erick Shaffer
#1 Erick ShafferAuthor 18 March, 2014, 12:37 Erick lives in Southern California with his family. He is an adventurous person and he enjoys hiking and biking.