Backyard Dreaming: 5 Ideas to Get You Excited For Spring

It may be bone-chilling cold right now, but spring, with its colourful blooms, pitchers of icy lemonade and—most importantly—delightfully warm weather, is just around the corner. Bust out of the late winter doldrums and dream of your perfect backyard landscape setup instead.

Not sure where to begin? Here are 5 fabulous ideas oozing with refreshing recreational charm and expansive grill zones to get you on the path to paradise before the snowflakes finish falling. Spring may be a few months away, but you can start planning your weekend barbecues right now.

Water Features

If you love the sound of running water, just not when it’s dropping from the sky, consider adding a rustic stone water feature to your backyard space. The gentle rushing of a small fountain is calming, and it also helps block out noise pollution from traffic, boisterous neighbours and overzealous groundskeepers. A fountain decorated with a few flowers and charming candle lanterns can be placed inconspicuously in the corner or featured more centrally. Either way, your friends and neighbours will readily offer their compliments.

Water Features
Photo provided by one of our preferred contractors, Escarpment Company

Comfortable Seating

Every backyard space needs adequate seating, which means something a bit more inviting than a few collapsible wood chairs. Offer plush armchairs and couches with weather-resistant fabric all safely tucked under a lightweight canopy. Provide additional functionality with end and side tables, and decorate with brightly coloured pottery and low-maintenance plants for a fully fleshed out look that’s effortlessly welcoming.

The base of this living space is a modern and resilient interlocking patio surface, which clearly sets the tone for the complete outdoor living space.

Comfortable Seating
Photo provided by one of our preferred contractors, Escarpment Company

A Griller’s Paradise

The essential purpose of any backyard is to provide an outdoor location to relax, converse and, of course, barbecue. Invest in a built-in grill and create a full outdoor kitchen, replete with mini fridge, fireplace and maybe even a pizza oven. There are varieties of different materials that can be used to build you outdoor kitchen- both manmade and natural. This design combines natural- the flagstone patio, with manufactured stone/brick- used in the grill island and fireplace.

For a space this sizable, lay a large paved area outlined in river rocks. A second, more casual seating area around a brick fire pit means everyone has a place to sit and chat while the food is cooking.

A Griller’s Paradise

Poolside Pergola

If you’ve got extra land leftover, or you prefer the breaststroke to barbecued breast meat, opt for an enticing poolside pergola and pool house. A simple cottage stores the supplies and water toys away from sight, and a wood pergola cuts the midday sun for a shady reprieve with cozy seating and an oversized table perfect for a picnic. Add elegance to this casual setup by hanging a decorative metal lantern or chandelier overhead. Give the fireflies some competition.

Poolside Pergola
Photo provided by one of our preferred contractors, Flawless Designs General Contracting

A Swimmer’s Delight

It’s not a poolside pergola without a swimming pool! Embellishments include built-in fountains, diving boards and the ultimate kid-friendly luxury: a slide. Keep it classy with a professionally designed landscape using resilient materials that won’t wear with heavy use, and keep it safe with sturdy steps and handrails where necessary.

A Swimmer’s Delight
Photo provided by one of our preferred contractors, Flawless Designs General Contracting

It may be hard to picture now, but you’re a few short months away from swimming laps and grilling up some burgers. Make the most of the spring weather by using these fresh ideas to imagine your own idyllic retreat, pool oasis and all. Drop into Van Beeks in Oakville or Mississauga to browse your different landscape supply options today.

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