It used to be that out-door living spaces were only conducive to sunny California, and weather permitting homes. However, a recent trend is on the rise, and back yards are being used more as “bonus room” than a place to play catch or have the dog run around.
Perfectly landscaped back yards, and expensive furniture can be a lot of work. Whether you are maintaining the lawns yourself or paying to have it done, it is quite an undertaking. You also have to worry about the weather, when it rains you have to run home and bring all the cushions, and tables inside before they are destroyed by the rain.
There are however, plenty of benefits to having a space like this. When you are having a backyard BBQ, or simply a quiet night with a glass of wine, they can be quite the relaxation room that you may be looking for. If you can afford it space wise, there are ways of getting around the pricey costs of weather permitting furniture and creating a little oasis for those hot summer nights.
Even if you don’t have the biggest yard to work with, you can still create a space for a little “me” time. Try using bricks to separate a space and start out with a chair and some comfy but bright colored pillows. Over time you can build up the spaces adding a table, and a couch, etc. The trick is to make it look as comfortable as can be.
Another benefit to a back yard living space is having a cool place to go after a hot day. If you don’t have air conditioning then you must enjoy being outside, because on those extremely hot days you won’t want to be stuck in a stuffy house. Use your space as a place to cool off and enjoy the nice weather (hopefully) the summer has to offer.