No budget for a recreational home? No problem! A backyard oasis will expand your living space and provide a getaway experience right where you are. Many savvy homeowners are foregoing the costs of purchasing, furnishing and maintaining a second home, by creating outdoor living rooms just outside the back door! And one of the biggest advantages is zero travel time to your staycation destination.
A water feature focal point such as a pool, hot tub, and/or ponds is often a great starting place. Add decking, patios and private landscaping including all-season evergreens and stone features to replicate the Muskoka environment in your backyard. Also trending at the moment are outdoor kitchens complete with fridges, running water, and food prep counters, with multi burner barbeques that include side burners and warming drawers being the centerpiece. True foodies may also opt for smokers and pizza ovens. The sky and your resources set the limits!
No one needs to tell a Canadian that the summer season is short lived. Natural gas fire pits, patio heaters, fireplaces, and gas lanterns can extend the usability factor. You can go from toasting marshmallows in July to chestnuts in December.
Whether you have a sweeping vista or a courtyard terrace, a liveable outdoor room is in your future. Like any room, there are walls, flooring and amenities to consider. And if the above descriptors aren’t on your wish list, perhaps a wildlife corridor, secret garden, or grassy areas for impromptu lawn games will call you outdoors. Whatever you choose, know that exterior living spaces offer superb return on investment. Then again, you may not ever have the inclination to move when all you need is right where you are!