When the weather starts to get nicer here in MN, it's finally time to start thinking about backyards and spending time outside. But as nice as the idea sounds, many of us eventually find that we're not really sure what to do with our backyards. They're often not set up to meet our needs or to fit within the lifestyle that we have. If you're starting to consider backyard landscaping or other ways to make the most of your outdoor areas, consider some of these ideas!
1. A Concrete Patio
Try setting up chairs or a patio set on grass and you'll likely find a couple of things to be true right away: 1) Sitting still in a grassy area leads to bug bites, 2) Leaving chairs and patio sets out makes for lots of dead grass. Because of this, one of the best ways to start making better use of a backyard is to set up an outdoor patio. Concrete areas like these create all sorts of opportunities for relaxing a little bit more comfortably all while still having the opportunity to enjoy being outside. When installing a concrete patio, you have all kinds of options to make the spot a unique part of your home's landscaping. You'll have the option to choose between tons of different colored and decorative concretes. Otherwise, you can stick with a classic style like the one our client chose in the photo below.
2. A Pool
Sound like a crazy idea? It isn't! While many people are familiar with pool horror stories, they often aren't as bad as they sound. In fact, upkeep can be fairly easy for someone who's gained a little bit of experience over time. Not to mention, there are tons of great sources here in MN that you can lean on if you run into some difficulties. That said, it's definitely true that installing a pool is likely to only be worth it for those that really love swimming. Anyone who's not that interested will probably find the work to keep everything in order annoying. But that small amount of hassle can be well worth it for a big swimming fan! If you do choose to install a pool in your backyard, be sure to call on us as your concrete contractor! We'll make sure the job gets done right.
3. A Brick or Stone Fireplace
Fireplaces are one of the best places to gather, and adding a permanent place for one in your backyard is never a bad idea. By choosing a high quality brick or stone fireplace set up by skilled masons, you'll be able to enjoy summer nights just a little bit more than you could have before. If you're a big bonfire person or enjoy the taste of food cooked over an open fire, you might find that this is one of the best additions you could ever make to your backyard. You can even consider complementing your fire pit with a concrete patio or a larger landscaping setup with the fireplace at the center.
Whatever you may choose to do with your backyard, remember that the primary goal is to get just a little bit more enjoyment out of a setup that's perfect for you. There are so many great ideas out there, but no one knows you like you. If you're interested in talking a little more about some of the ideas you have about your backyard, give us a call! We're a construction and concrete contractor here in MN, and we can help you to make your dreams into a reality.