Like everybody else, you’ve learned something big in 2020 — it’s important to stay at home. The risks posed by COVID-19 still lingers. Some are still cautious. In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 23% of people believe it will take longer before life gets back to normal.
But while people stay at home nowadays, boredom can become a problem. You and your family crave something new. And now that spring is soon here, there’s one way to make things at least more exciting and happier.
With many restaurants closed down or accepting customers at a limited capacity only, why not create an outdoor escape for your family? It’s a great way of providing an outdoor dining experience right at the comfort of your home. You get to choose what foods to serve and offer, too.
A Reminder Before Creating an Outdoor Dining Space
If you don’t have a budget, there are inexpensive ways to set up an outdoor escape. If you have the budget, good for you. But whether you have the money to accomplish this project or not, it’s important to get the help of landscaping contractors in your area.
Landscape design can be complex, but someone who knows what to do can make it simple and easy for you. Landscaping can also be costly. An expert can provide information and tips on how you can save money with your landscaping project.
Make It Cozy
An outdoor dining space can become your family’s retreat. You only have to add a few furnishings. Make sure there are enough seating options for everybody in your family.
To make your space cozy, throw in several pillows on the chairs. Add a cushion to make sitting more comfortable. A giant rug on the grass can also be a place where you can relax. The kids can take a nap there, too.
For the design and style of your furnishings, consider the theme of your outdoor space. Choose designs that go with it. If you don’t want to take the uniform route, stick to pieces that will stand out.
Add Creature Comforts
Bring convenience into your outdoor dining space. Add a few amenities that can also make it convenient to entertain guests in your outdoor dining space. A little fridge or a tiny pantry by the corner can make it more convenient for you and your family to stay in your outdoor retreat.
A little outdoor bar, wood-fire pizza oven, and barbeque station are also convenient elements to add to your outdoor dining area.
Next time you hang out in your backyard, you don’t have to go back inside the house to get a drink or snack. Just don’t forget to restock items when needed.
Build a Small Outdoor Kitchen
Adding a small outdoor kitchen to your outdoor escape allows free movement from one place to another. According to Home Design and Living magazine, an outdoor kitchen creates cohesiveness. This is important because it encourages a more social atmosphere. When socializing, people want to move freely from one place to another. This is true when you have little kids. Children love to play in wide, open areas.
Add a Shade
Who doesn’t love a tan? But when it’s too hot outside, who would want to hang out in your outdoor dining space?
To block out the sun’s heat, add a shade right above the tables and chairs. An oversized but stylish umbrella can be a good option for a shade. It’s inexpensive and easy to put up.
You can also use curtains hanging from a temporary frame. They are great for styling if you aim to create a uniform style in your outdoor dining space.
Tall plants can also provide shade. You can also consider a pop-up canopy, or if the area’s too big, an awning will do.
Protect your family with privacy. It is a good way of maintaining social distancing with people from the outside.
There are many ways of adding privacy to your outdoor retreat. Plants, shades, and even your DIY bar can act as a layer of privacy. The ultimate privacy, however, can only be provided by a fence.
What kind of fence to put? A wood fence looks natural, but you can also go for iron or aluminum. Other alternatives include a privacy screen, steel matting, or composite panels.
Permanent structures like a gazebo, pergola, or trellis can also act as a form of privacy for your outdoor space.
The Best of Both Worlds
The bedroom, by default, is your home’s sanctuary—a place of relaxation. But with the right elements, your outdoor dining space can also be your special area to retreat. It’s a great place to spend time with family while eating your favorite food. It can be as inviting as the indoors, with fresh air and nature to boot.