Design The Perfect Patio For Entertaining

On March 20, 2020 by Preeti Shah

The Perfect Patio For Entertaining

Outdoor space is one of the essential features of a home. In good weather, your backyard becomes more like your living room, and with the right set up, you’ll spend as much time as possible, enjoying the warmth, sunshine, and fresh air.

A shaded, comfortable patio is the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee and newspaper, dinner, and a glass of wine, or hours working on your garden. It’s also a great place to entertain.

One of the joys of living in an adult-oriented community is that your neighbors tend to be a lot more tight-knit. It’s a great move to make if you’re the type of person who loves entertaining and making friends who live in your community. Now, all you have to do is make sure that your backyard has the perfect set up to handle all your entertaining needs.

Check out these tips for making the most out of your backyard space.

  1. The Right Table

Entertaining starts around the table! While a small bistro set may be ideal for your morning coffee, if you’re planning on hosting barbecues or having family dinners out in the fresh air, you’ll want to look at outdoor dining tables that accommodate larger groups of people.

  1. Seating

For informal parties, not everyone needs to be seated around the table at once. You can add more seating room with benches, moveable chairs, outdoor loveseats, wicker chairs, and other outdoor-appropriate furniture. Benches are the ideal way to maximize seating in constrained spaces.

When it comes to seating, make sure you have enough room in storage for it all so that you can stow it away when the weather gets cold and protect it from the elements.

  1. Create Shade For Hot Summer Afternoons

A bit of sunshine is significant, but on long, hot summer afternoons, you’ll also appreciate having some shade in which to cool down and enjoy a cold beverage. You can use pergolas to create an extension of your home in the outdoors, providing a shaded transition space. Covered terraces are ideal. Other ways to provide shade throughout the backyard include:

  • Gazebos
  • Planting Shade Trees
  • Hedges;
  • Umbrellas
  1. Creative Lighting

If you’re going to be hosting in the evening, lighting creates a distinct atmosphere. Often, standard outdoor lights are harsh and unflattering. You can create a more diffuse, low lighting using string lights or ground lights. One great idea is using string lights on a shade umbrella. Instead of closing it up at night, it becomes the perfect lighting surface.

  1. The Right Grill

While some backyard enthusiasts insist on having a bar or even an outdoor kitchen, all you need is the right grill to make entertaining a blast in your backyard. With a barbecue, you have pretty much all your culinary needs taken care of. There are even plenty of great winter barbecue ideas that will have everyone thanking the chef for braving the cold.

  1. The Right Materials

If you want low maintenance and long-lasting good looks, choosing the right materials. Concrete, paving stones, or composite decking are preferred choices, and aluminum railings are much superior to wood railings.

An excellent evening entertaining starts with good design. Make sure your backyard is ready for the spring and summer with some of these tips.

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