Backyard Essentials

by Tony Carter, Realtor® 08/04/2019

Look outside your back door to your backyard area. Do you like what you see? Does it inspire you to throw a barbecue and sit around with friends and family to unwind? Backyards come in many shapes and sizes. They should be a place to sit back and relax. Create an oasis to escape the stress of everyday life without having to leave your home. Having a place to be active and play together as a family. A backyard is an arena to build memories. From playing a game of catch, water fight, tag or building a fort, all of these can happen in your backyard with some planning and elbow grease. 

Fire Pits

The atmosphere created from sitting around a fire builds relationships and connections. Making s'mores or just sitting around telling stories and laughing, fire pits bring people together. For a small patio, a metal pedestal fire pit with a grated cover will work well in these areas. The cover will protect the surroundings from fire embers. If you do not mind digging a hole in your yard, you can create an in-ground fire pit lined with stone or bricks. For a more ambitious project, build an above-ground pit by layering the stone or brick into the desired shape. Always keep in mind safety, choose an area free of any fire hazard.  

Seating Areas 

Creating a seating area is a great idea. A dedicated space that you spend quality outdoor time enjoying and makes your backyard more inviting. No matter what the size of your yard, it can turn into a place of relaxation. You want to create opportunities to have conversations. Seating should be comfortable to use but also mobile in order to change arrangements or put up out of the way of bad weather. There are different styles and materials to choose from when it comes to seating options. Seating areas on the patio, garden, poolside, fire pit and need different kinds of seating. Your local weather patterns also have a lot to do with what materials you choose. You are limited only by imagination, space, and money.

A fire pit or seating area is not the only way to create a comfortable backyard experience. A few more ideas are:

- Water feature

- Flower garden

- Vegetable garden

- Hammock

- Built-in barbeque

- Awning or pergola

- Gazebo

Go through some open houses in your area this weekend and see what others are doing in their backyards.

About the Author

Tony Carter, Realtor®

My wife, Cindy and I, moved to Florida 9 years ago from Wisconsin, where we were born and raised. I proudly served in the United States Air Force and was stationed overseas and in The Gulf War. Became a member of The American Legion and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). After, the Military, I got into the retail business for the last 25 years. During my last position, in the retail. I was second-in-charge of a 125 million dollar a year business. Thatis where I developed my passion for customer service and taking care of the customer. With that passion, I became a full-time licensed Realtor in the state of Florida. I understand that real estate is not just a transaction but an important personal decision, a decision that may need guidance. I am here to answer any questions and guide you and your family through the process. Whether buying for the first time. Purchasing a condo, single-family home, investment property or a time-share on the beach. I am the exclusive Realtor for the Mariner Beach Club in St Pete Beach, Florida and for the Island Gulf Resort in Madeira Beach, Florida. Please feel free to contact me with your real estate needs directly at cell 262-894-8135 or via e-mail at [email protected] or website; Timeshare on St. Pete Beach, Florida. Video of the Mariner Beach Club, St. Pete Beach, Florida. Website to the timeshare at Madeira Beach, Florida.