The season you’ve been waiting for — summer — is finally here! If hosting backyard gatherings is on your summer agenda, you might want to think about making some upgrades that will help your guests get comfortable and keep the party going. Real estate agents are talking about summer backyard trends, and they are easier to add than you might think. Here are a few ideas that will get you on your way to turning your backyard into a full-on entertainment space.
One of the hottest backyard trends this summer is to go beyond the backyard barbecue to create a complete outdoor kitchen area. Sure, you could spend a fortune on a built-in barbecue complete with a refrigerator and a sink, or you can opt for some more budget-friendly alternatives that will still create the perfect outdoor entertaining zone. One consideration is investing in a portable bar — getting a cart on wheels that can hold all of the supplies you need for condiments and preparing drinks. A pergola above your grill can also create a dedicated space that gives your kitchen that extra sophisticated look, which is a great option if you want to quickly give your backyard an upgrade to sell it for cash.
Add creative seating and decor
Forget the standard table and chairs to transform your backyard into a lounge that is ready for outdoor dining and relaxation. Some outdoor furniture upgrades that real estate agents are talking about this summer are adding weather-resistant couches that are as comfortable as your living room furniture. You can add some fun to your outdoor dining area that will also make your house appeal to potential buyers, with a bar table and stools instead of, or in addition to, a table and chairs. This variety in furniture can help separate the lounging area from the dining area, especially if you have more backyard real estate to work with. For even more of a living room vibe, you can add an all-weather carpet to designate a lounge space in your backyard.
Keep the party going with lighting
When you have warm summer nights, there’s no reason that the fun has to end when the sun sets, and adding lighting can keep your party going. You don’t have to spend a fortune though, and French cafes can provide inspiration, with string lights. There are many ways to make string lights work for your backyard. If you have a tree this can be the ideal spot to add them, as can a privacy hedge or fence, or pergola. If you don’t already have a clear place to add lights, planters can be transformed into light posts with wooden poles. Get creative and be sure to pick weather-resistant lights so you can keep them up all summer.
With a few changes, you can turn a yard into a complete outdoor living room that your guests will enjoy all summer long.