Summer Hangout: How To Turn Your Backyard Into The Perfect Getaway

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There's no place like home. It's true and even more so when you turn your backyard into a relaxing summer getaway spot. With a little planning, your backyard dream space can become a reality.

Furnish it well

Your backyard will only be as comfortable as the outdoor furniture you sit on. If you want to cut corners and save money, furniture isn't the place to do it. Select well-designed, good-quality outdoor furniture.

Look for furniture that will hold up under extreme weather conditions. Some materials to consider are teak, wrought iron, wicker, and cast aluminum.

Teak furniture is especially durable and can last a lifetime in extreme climates. It gets its weatherproof qualities from its high oil and rubber content and requires low maintenance to maintain its natural beauty.

Wicker is heat and moisture resistant, as well as lightweight and easy to move. Wicker is cool and airy to sit on. It's also easy to clean and relatively inexpensive.

Cast aluminum furniture is lightweight and will not rust. It's available in a wide variety of styles and designs to fit any decorating style. It easy to clean and is not easily bent or broken.

Wrought iron furniture is durable, and its heavy weight keeps it in place on windy days. However, a good coat of paint is necessary over time to keep it from rusting, but it is still a good option that will provide you with years of use.

Don't forget the fire pit

A fire pit will create an around-the-campfire feeling. Whether you want to cook over an open fire or warm up on a cool evening, a fire pit is a wonderful addition to any backyard.

Hang the hammock

Hammocks have come a long way. New hammocks are available in multiple sizes and with features like built-in pillows and additional cushioning. What could be cozier than a hammock built for two? Think summer romance and refreshing naps. A hammock will not disappoint.

Open the bar

A patio bar and bar stools will help you serve up tasty drinks for friends and family. From delicious margaritas to non-alcoholic drinks for the kids, a bar will make entertaining easy.

Who needs a vacation when you can relax at home in your favorite chaise lounge chair with your favorite drink?  

Finishing touches

Pillows designed for outdoor use are a must for making chairs and chaise lounges comfortable. Bold colors and floral fabrics will create a tropical feeling.

Installing adequate outdoor lighting can be as easy as adding solar lights along walkways. Tiki torches are another good lighting option and work well if you prefer a tropical theme.

When you transform your backyard into the perfect getaway, every day will seem like a vacation without ever leaving home. Carve out a comfortable perch at home and let the relaxed living begin. Contact a company such as Casual Living to learn more.

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6 August 2015

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