by Katie Kroeker, Pacific Ridge Landscapes –
Is your backyard ready for the “After” times? For obvious reasons, this year’s patio season is likely going to be a bit different, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it, plan ahead and stay connected. Here are six ways to party like it’s 2021!
More space. Celebrate in social distance style! Instead of the traditional shared seating / barbecue area, look for ways to create multiple seating areas. Perhaps it’s a kids area and an adults area or a smaller spot for two people to have a chat. A pair of Adirondack chairs could be tucked under a tree with a flat boulder as a side table. Flagstone pieces can also be cut into your lawn for a casual patio feel. Don’t forget your front yard. There might be room for a new seating area that would let you safely chat with passing neighbours and stay connected to your community.
Outdoor kitchen. If you love entertaining and have the space, it might make sense to install an outdoor kitchen. This would give you even more time outside with your bubble people instead of requiring someone to be tucked away in the kitchen prepping food while everyone else visits outside.
Fire. Once bubbles are back and we can see our friends, there is going to be a lot to catch up on. A natural gas fire pit guarantees great conversations last longer into the evenings. Add in a couple of small boulders surrounding the fire; you’ve got instant heated foot rests!
Water. When we are thinking about making the most out of an outdoor space, a water feature is one of the best ways to enhance your time outside. A small waterfall cascade and little stream is all you need to attract all kinds of birds and butterflies. Watching birds play and bathe in your own back yard is a special joy, and the sound of running water has proven health benefits and is a calming influence on your mind, body and spirit. Water features also muffle sound, cloaking your conversations and that of your neighbours, giving everyone more privacy.
Work-From-Home WiFi. As soon as the nice weather arrives, everyone is going to want out of the house! Get your tech ready so you can grab your laptop and hit your patio! No need for a fancy Zoom background when you’ve got your own garden to show off. The WiFi boost will come in handy in your off time when you want to kick back and stream your favourite murder mystery (or maybe that’s just me!).
Get Cozy. On a scale of one to bliss, how comfy is your outdoor furniture? Does it make you want to curl up with a book and or furry friend and hunker down? If not, this is the time to order something new so potential supply chain delays and back orders don’t get in the way of your spring and summer relaxing. Look for thick cushions and soft fabrics. It might even be a good time to switch up your seating area altogether. Instead of one big sectional, groups of club chairs might give you more versatility if you need to create multiple seating areas.