As the warmer days approach, you are likely thinking about all of the extra time you want to spend in your Irvington and Rye, NY area outdoor space. Does your current landscape compel you to spend quality time outside, or could your landscape use some significant updating? Here are some ideas that can lead to a stunning outdoor space that you will want to use for years to come.
Consider a Paver Patio
You will most likely spend a majority of your time outside on your patio. Many outdated landscapes only feature a small poured concrete square or circle of space that does not provide enough room for a gathering beyond your immediate family or give you much reason to go outside. However, in contrast, a large paver patio will give you a designated space to enjoy intimate conversations by a fire feature or dine on a delicious meal in your outdoor kitchen.
Your landscape contractor can help design a paver patio that complements the look of your home and outdoor space. Patio pavers come in a large selection of shapes, sizes, and colors to fit your taste and preferences.
Choose Features You Will Enjoy
There are many outdoor features that you can include in your landscape design. It is important to consider the addition of features that you and your loved ones will enjoy.
A fire feature can create a space that is relaxing with a cozy ambiance. If you can easily envision yourself sitting by the fire roasting marshmallows with the kids or enjoying a glass of wine with a special someone, then it may be time to add a fire pit or outdoor fireplace off your wish list. Fire features can transform your outdoor area into one that your guests will never want to leave with the addition of comfortable outdoor furniture and throw blankets.
If you like to frequently host guests for dinner parties, an outdoor kitchen and dining space could be another ideal addition to your backyard. An outdoor kitchen will allow you to prepare and cook meals without the stress of running back and forth inside to get things done while also trying to entertain your guests. In addition to an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor dining space will give guests an area to remain close by while you cook and then converse over an alfresco meal at the end of the day.
Strategic Outdoor Lighting
In order to better enjoy your outdoor space, you will also want to consider the strategic placement of outdoor lighting. Not only will additional lighting allow you and your guests to navigate through your backyard, but it will also set the ambiance of the space. For a more welcoming atmosphere, you might consider warm lighting that will provide a soft glow to the entire space.
Walkway lighting will help guests navigate where to walk without stepping into your lawn and flower beds. If you have a retaining wall around your fire feature, you might think about having lighting installed into the wall blocks or along the base of the retaining wall pointing upward. For an outdoor kitchen and dining area, you can have overhead lighting installed with dimmer switches to allow you to adjust the lighting as needed.