What is the most fun area of your house? Recently, the basement (or “man-cave”) has made a run to the top of many lists. The finished basement has replaced the old concept of a basement as simply a storage unit. Whether it is a movie theater with a big screen TV, a display of sports collectibles with memorabilia adorning the walls or rec room/arcade with a ping pong table and video game systems, the basement has become the preferred area of the house for kids and adults alike. Despite the growing popularity of the basement, it has not yet eclipsed the classic place for fun in any house. It may not come to mind immediately, and that’s because it isn’t technically in the house. It’s the backyard, of course. Backyards have become synonymous with fun because they bring people together. No longer confined to the individual rooms of the house, entire families and groups of friends are free to connect in the backyard. But just being in the backyard isn’t enough. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. With that being said, here are a few elements of a successful backyard, no matter where you live.
The backyard is somehow both inside and outside, a transitional step in between the wilderness of nature and the comfort of your home. In this sense, you can think of your backyard’s natural, outdoor features as elements of a room. The sun is your skylight. The sky itself is your vaulted ceiling. And the grass is your carpet. A well-maintained grass becomes a lawn. The better maintained your lawn, the more comfortable folks are going to feel in your backyard. A well-kept lawn is a per-requisite for further backyard activities. A good lawn mower can be purchased from any local home improvement store. Depending on the size of your yard, you may need to visit an agricultural equipment dealer in the area.
No smell mixes quite as well with freshly cut grass as smoke from the grill. Once the lawn has been mowed, you’re ready for a gathering—and no gathering, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, a holiday or just the weekend, is complete without food. The meat for the grill of course, whether it’s hot dogs, hamburgers or steaks, is going to come from your local supermarket. The grill will probably be available at the same home improvement store where you purchased your lawnmower. Grills have undergone quite a revolution recently, so if you already have a grill but are worried it might be getting a little long in the tooth it might be worth your time to investigate the new models that are available. Many newer models are perfect for smoking meats, which is sure to bring the necessary flavor to your backyard.
Of course, the Holy Grail of backyard festivities is the pool. Nothing beats a hot summer day swimming in the pool (or a cold winter’s evening soaking in a spa). Even if you don’t get in the water, reading a book or listening to music by the pool is the perfect form of backyard relaxation. Even working—form yard work to cooking—done in the backyard is somehow more meditative if its done in sight or sound of a pool. Of course, the relaxation of a pool requires regular maintenance and upkeep, just like your lawn or grilling skills. So if you’re looking to invest in your backyard by getting a pool or thinking about making the necessary seasonal adjustments to your current pool, track down a Fairlawn pool services store or company and make sure your backyard is ready.