With summer fast approaching, you’re probably thinking of all the ways you can spend your days outside in the sun (and in the shade). We are here to help you make your outdoor kitchen area just as fabulous as your indoor one. You might want to checkout the Local Tree Experts.

1. Adding a pergola

When outside on a hot day, you probably want nothing more than to just relax and enjoy your surroundings. Adding a pergola is the best way to achieve this.

There are many types of pergolas, from metal ones to lavish wooden ones. However, the most luxurious-looking might be those that are supported by marble columns. As you are not likely to build this on your own, consult with an architect to get their opinion on what design would look best and what material you’ll need.

As for the roof of the new structure, you have plenty of options. First, decide on the type; will it be open or closed? Now, the material. There’s wood, glass, plastic, metal, concrete, fabrics. Of course, you don’t have to use just one material. You can make an open construction out of wood and then cover it with a fabric that has an amazing print to elevate the look of the space. The great thing about these shades is that they can be retracted and let you enjoy the sun when you want to.

Yes, the construction itself is important, but what gives the pergola its luxurious look is the way it’s decorated. So, you can opt for a comfy modular sofa which you can rearrange any time for any occasion. If you plan on hosting lavish house parties, then add some more pieces like armchairs and soft floor cushions. However, if all you want to do is escape this hectic world, get a huge canopy bed and spend your days not thinking about anything but yourself. Get plenty of pillows, in all sizes, textures, and patterns. Think about putting up lush, thick curtains on the sides. Furthermore, don’t forget about the lighting; having in-ground lights makes it safe for everyday use. However, add some string lights as well, for when you want a romantic atmosphere. Another way to make this space unique is to have mason jar lights which you can make yourself if you’re an artsy person.

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2. Water features

If you have enough space, you do not have to limit your luxurious yard to having only a pergola. Sure, you’ll go on a beach holiday, but that should not stop you from building your own little oasis full of water features right in your backyard.

As you are probably aware, there is a wide range of water features you can install and build. Obviously, most people go for a pool in their yard. However, you can take it up a notch and add a hot tub, or even make it a full spa area. You can even enclose it if you always have nosy neighbors looking at you.

An extravagant fountain is always a welcome addition to a backyard. As there are many designs and options available, let your imagination run wild. Yes, running water is amazingly soothing to have when you’re trying to de-stress. So, think about adding a stream or even waterfalls to your relaxation space. If you prefer still water, you can go to a pond. Talk to professionals to see how this can be achieved.

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3. Fire features

Okay, maybe you’re not a water person. A fire pit can be the focal point of your backyard, as you can have a comfy seating area around it. This is amazing for roasting marshmallows and telling stories about your day. You can even take it up a notch and prepare meals there. However, if you feel like having a full outdoor kitchen, go for it. Just make sure you are following all the safety procedures to avoid starting a fire.

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4. Soothing greenery

You should have in mind that no matter how lavish and outrageous you make your backyard with constructions and added features, it will all be in vain if your greenery is not up to par. Depending on whether you have neighbors or not, you can enclose your whole yard with tall shrubbery. Plant big trees that can give you a lot of shade, and have yourself a designated corner for flowers or edible plants, even.

Maintenance is key here. If your backyard is enormous and you have a gardener that takes care of it, great! They know all the tips and tricks for having a lush outdoor space. However, if you have a green thumb and love taking care of your plants and flowers, you need quality equipment. Make sure your trees and shrubs are trimmed regularly, for which you’ll need a quality pole pruner and shears. Get a top-notch mower as well as sprinklers to keep your lawn looking splendid. You can even think about building a cute little shed where you can keep all your tools.

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5. Decoration

Now that your greenery is looking lavish, you can decorate the rest of the space. Think about adding sculptures; whether they are made from marble, bronze or something else depends entirely on you and the previous design decisions you made.

You can put a little path that leads to the features you have installed, so as not to step on the grass. Make sure to put enough lights around the path to avoid accidents. Decorate the rest of the yard with rocks, cute benches, maybe even an arch covered in flowers and vines.

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There you have it – you can’t really go wrong when decorating your yard. Make sure it’s nice and tidy as that is the main aspect of a luxurious garden. Adding comfy seating and soothing features will only take it all to a new level of grandiose.

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