escape backyard oasisSo, you’ve purchased your dream home. It’s exactly what you were looking for. It has the right number of rooms, a kitchen that’s the envy of all of your friends, and we don’t even need to start about the bathrooms.  It’s in the perfect neighborhood, and you’ve already picked out the plants you want in the yard. There’s only one thing that is missing, and that is the matching backyard.

Even the perfect home is incomplete without an equally as impressive backyard. Sadly, most outdoor areas get overlooked when new construction is sold. For older construction, many home owners neglect to take as much care of the backyard as they do the front.  That’s what fences are for, right?

When it’s your turn to create the perfect backyard, simply keep these tips in mind:

Work with your yard not against it

Hardly anyone has a perfectly flat yard. If you notice hills in your backyard, don’t try to dig them out. Instead add terracing of other outdoor designs to accentuate the natural lines of the yard. Flowers and other vegetation also serve as a great way to hide little imperfects in the environment.

Add a patio or deck

A patio or deck is a great way to extend the beauty of the house outdoors.  It also can make it a lot more comfortable to be outdoors. In order to make it the most inviting, continue the design used inside the house for the living space outdoors.  Pay special attention to the colors and choice of materials used. A patio that doesn’t fit the feel of the house indoors is very distracting.

Hire a Landscaper and Feng Shui Specialist

If you want your backyard to truly be inviting, consider hiring someone trained in Feng Shui. The practice makes use of colors and nature to provide an inviting and comfortable environment. Once they make their recommendations on what would make your backyard perfect, hire a landscaper to put it into action.

Pay Attention to Your Neighbors

Unless you opt for the six foot tall privacy hedges, you probably will be able to see your neighbors from your yard or patio.  Keep this in mind when you are planning your designs. If your neighbor’s house or yard is completely unavoidable, choose colors that will complement theirs. That way their house will blend in, rather than stand out in your backyard oasis.


Remember where you live when planning your perfect backyard entertaining area. A rainy area might benefit from an enclosed patio, where as a deck that receives lots of direct sunlight could use retractable awnings. Also keep in mind to leave space for any future outdoor plans such as grills, hot tubs or pools.

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