If you are among the growing number of households looking to move more of your entertaining outdoors, then you already know the challenges this can entail. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Taking a few proactive steps to prepare your yard will help you create a welcoming and functional area to spend time with friends and family. Here are three ideas to help you get started.
1. Add Shelter from the Elements
One of the biggest drawbacks to outside entertaining is that you never know what the weather will bring. A suitable shelter can help you minimize the impact of unfavorable weather conditions. Gazebos and covered shelters are excellent tools to combat a sudden afternoon shower. The sun can also make things uncomfortable. Adding a retractable awning over your patio can keep guests shaded while still allowing you to enjoy the fresh air and a natural environment.
2. Create Cozy Seating Spaces
A cozy seating nook may not be ideal for large parties, but it can be an inviting space for you to have a conversation with a few close friends. The outdoor furniture market has really expanded over the past several years, so you won’t have to gather around a patio table — unless, of course, you want to. There are now couches, love seats and recliners available in all-weather materials.
3. Bring the Kitchen Outdoors
Fully-equipped outdoor kitchens may seem like a luxury, but if your outdoor entertaining plans frequently involve a meal, then it makes sense to move some of the cooking outside as well. Whether purchase a free-standing unit or opt to build a custom design to complement your existing landscaping., you’ll cut down on the number of trips you have to make inside while people are over.
A few upgrades, such as a new outdoor kitchen, comfortable seating and shelter from the elements, can help you make the most of outdoor entertaining.