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5 Essentials When Designing Your Backyard Oasis

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by Jimmy Williams, CEO of Churchville Contracting

Depending on what part of the country you live in, it’s time to get your backyard ready for summer. Is it set up to maximize your outdoor living experience? If it isn’t, you should know how a simple makeover could drastically improve your standard of living. But like any renovation, this is something you only get one shot at. Based on the fact that you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re ready to get down to business. Here, then, are five essential guidelines to keep in mind when revamping an outdoor living space:

1. Work with the Best
If you’re not going the DIY route, make sure you shop around for the right pro. I always recommend interviewing several landscapers before making a selection. Each contractor will offer a unique design, and his/her own way of getting the job done. So choose the one who understands and exceeds your expectations. And whatever you do – don’t be fooled by unusually low quotes. If it’s discounted, there’s typically a reason.

2. Prepare to Share Ideas

The best designs are collaborative efforts. But it’s always best to know what you want before you bring a contractor on board. That way you can make the most of your consultation.

3. Define Your BBQ Space
An outdoor kitchen can help maximize your time spent with guests while entertaining. Instead of being locked up in your hot kitchen, you can enjoy the heat of the sun while cooking in nothing but a swimsuit, some flip-flops and a “Kiss the Cook” grilling apron.

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4. Choose the Right Materials
When you are creating an outdoor space, nothing beats natural building materials. The aroma of Western Red Cedar screams summer!

5. Don’t forget to Chill
Once you’ve transformed your backyard, it can be your #1 staycation destination. Lying in a hammock under a Western Red Cedar pergola may just do the trick, and at a cost that is reasonable. After all, when you only live steps away from your favorite resting spot, you’ll start feel the stress melt away.

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