With summer temperatures on the way, many of us are beginning to think about how we can create a welcoming space to gather with friends & family and really create an integral extension of our homes! If your current space needs some sprucing up or you're just starting to make plans to create an outdoor space you'll love, you're in the right place. We're going to share some ideas and must-haves to create the perfect outdoor oasis!
Before you start purchasing items to furnish your space, you'll really want to figure out how you intend to use it and what kind of outdoor lifestyle you envision. Do you like to host and have parties? Do you have kids and need to create a hybrid space that is fun for them and relaxing for you? Do you want dining space, chat-style seating, a fire-pit, bbq setup, space for laying out food & drink for parties? Maybe you need a combination of several of the above.
It is easy to get inspired by all the Pinterest-worthy spaces out there on the web, but remember you'll need to be realistic about the space you have available and then prioritize how you can make that space work for your needs.
Whether you want your place to be the go-to for neighborhood BBQs, family picnics, or a respite from everyday responsibilities, making your backyard a hub for relaxing, entertaining, or simply soaking in the warm weather is easily achievable! All you need to do to start is make a plan!
We'd highly recommend measuring and even sketching out a plan on paper. It will only make purchasing furniture or other functional items that much easier. You can even revisit our previous blog post, "How to Create a Mood Board" to help you design the look and feel of your outdoor space.
Always make sure you have the right equipment for the job. If placing hardscape, make sure to remove existing sod with a sod cutter and then compact place substrate with a plate compactor to prevent settling. We have the right equipment available for your project at West Ashley Tool & Rental.
One of the best things about summer is the smell of food cooking on the grill! Since food & drink bring people together, a grill will likely be a necessity. Whatever your preference gas, charcoal, smoker, etc investing in a good grill will be money well spent!
Another outdoor essential to snatch up is a utensil caddy. Having a clean, organized place for utensils is a good idea and is easy to grab and carry when preparing to dine outdoors.
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