Transform your deck or patio into a summer entertainment spot

Whether you get to celebrate the change of seasons four times a year or just twice, there may be a majority of us who love to entertain outdoors when the weather is just right. Is your backyard ready?

Everyone has their own idea of the perfect backyard entertainment area. Depending on your lifestyle and hobbies you enjoy, you may prefer your backyard to be more gathering oriented or a more relaxing retreat. No matter what your ideal is, these tips can help you transform your space.

Where to start?

Start with the bare bones- the patio or deck and the landscaping. Think strategically with your final outcome in mind. How much shading do you need? What source do you want it from- trees or pergolas? Where would the gathering places be? How about the outdoor barbecue? Once you have an idea of what you would like, it’s time to get started.

The patio or deck is an ideal gathering area. You want it to be comfortable enough for people to relax and enjoy themselves. Large outdoor pillows placed with outdoor furniture make the space cozy and inviting. Add pops of color either with furniture such as a colorful side table, or eye-catching accessories. Use the furniture to create areas for people to relax and enjoy conversation together. Add a vibrant outdoor rug to really feel like you are bringing the living room outdoors.

Adding pops of color through outdoor furniture or accessories can add interest to your patio or deck.
Adding pops of color through outdoor furniture or accessories can add interest to your patio or deck.

A barbecue grill on the patio or deck is an ideal way to have the cook participate in the festivities. It could be as simple as a grill itself or as elaborate as an outdoor kitchen complete with sink and preparation area. Cooking outdoors could also save on your cooling costs by keeping the interior of your home cool.

Outdoor lighting could make the transition of entertaining from daytime to evening simple. Lighting shouldn’t be restricted to the patio or deck. What about in the yard itself? Use string lights around the pergola or place lighting on some of the more interesting foliage and plants in the yard.

Fire pits could make a summer evening a great place to make s’mores or simply gather around for delightful conversation. You can build your own DIY fire pit or have a gas fire pit installed. Or how about going all out with an outdoor fireplace? This is your backyard. How do you want to entertain?

Now that you have the basics down, it’s time for you to make your backyard your own. These before and after transformations should provide inspiration. Don’t be afraid to choose something unique. Are you a Scrabble fanatic? Make a giant Scrabble set for your yard complete with seating areas for you and your guests to have the competition flowing this summer. Or build a star gazing retreat for you and your loved ones. Let your imagination run wild!

If your imagination is bigger than your bank account, you may want to consider a refinance in order to fund your new backyard. A cash-out refinance could turn your home’s equity into the backyard you have always wanted.

If you would like to fund your backyard transformation through a cash-out refinance, talk to the lending experts at Lenox/WesLend Financial or call 844-225-3669. As heard on the radio, it’s the biggest no-brainer in the history of mankind. 

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