Depending on where you live in the USA, your region may experience gorgeous weather during certain parts of the year, or if you live in a mild climate, it may feel like a year-round vacation. With such agreeable weather, you want to be able to enjoy your backyard to its fullest. Whether you appreciate being surrounded by plants, stunning water features, or comfy furniture, you want your landscaping and furnishings to help you feel like your yard is a relaxing space, a private oasis that only you and your dearest loved ones get to take pleasure in. There are many ways you can transform your space into a backyard oasis. Read on to find out how!
Top Tips to Transform Your Property into a Backyard Oasis
1. Lush Landscaping
With neighbors nearby, adding privacy is the key to transforming your backyard into a vacation space. Plant tall shrubs, grasses, and small trees to ensure that you are blocking out any prying eyes or unattractive structures or streets. You will feel like you are in a secluded oasis! Plus, adding lush landscaping helps to create a sound barrier. Not only will it keep the sound of your children playing in the yard from annoying your neighbors, but it works both ways. You will experience minimized road and neighborhood noise.
2. Design Your Dream Pool
Any genuine oasis needs an epicenter that embodies water, and what better symbol than a pool where you can splash and play? If you have the space and budget, think about adding a pool to your backyard oasis. Add shallow ledges or zero-entry spaces for convenient access for everyone. You can also use this space to relax or have lounge chairs in the shallow water. Don’t have enough space for a pool? That’s fine! You can utilize hot tubs, ponds, or other water features to get that backyard oasis vibe.
3. Pool Toys
If you have a pool, think about all the fun things you can do with it! Investing a little bit of money into some fun toys can transform your house into the place to be. Try ordering some giant inflatable rafts in fun colors or shapes, or even some sporting games played poolside! If your backyard is centered around adult-fun, you can get floating beer or wine holders and other more challenging water sports.
4. Turn Up the Music
The ability to blast some tunes or turn on quiet background noise in the backyard can dramatically change the vibe of any pool day or event. A high-quality speaker system around your space can be an excellent investment that truly elevates your entertaining! We recommend investing in quality outdoor equipment to ensure longevity and ease of use.
5. Lounge Around
To truly tap into the luxurious feel, invest in high-quality outdoor furniture. Plush and comfortable pool loungers make all the difference when building a backyard oasis. Try a woven hammock or swinging chairs with pillows. For group seating, you can even include raised platforms with comfy cushions to build a nest or an overstuffed couch for hanging around with friends!
What does it cost to build a backyard oasis?
As with any landscaping design, the size and quality of the project and its materials will determine the overall cost. On average, landscapers estimate that an outdoor space will cost about 7% of the value of the home if you want a high-quality project that will last for years to come.
How do I make my backyard into a tropical oasis?
So you don’t want your average oasis; you want a tropical one? To get that tropical paradise aesthetic, we recommend utilizing the following in your project design.
1. Lots and Lots of Plants
Tropical paradises are defined by their plethora of plant life, often featuring bright colors, bold textures, and lush aesthetics. To get that overgrown, tropical jungle feel, we recommend incorporating a variety of deep green, leafy plants and bright, exotic plants (as long as they aren’t invasive to your region.)
2. Bubbling Water Feature
A tropical aesthetic is more than just what can be seen, you must hit the other senses as well. A bubbling or trickling water feature creates that relaxing feeling of moving water that calms the mind. A little fountain or pond will do the trick.
3. Stone Accents
Flat concrete and rigid right angles don’t give off that tropical oasis vibe; more like a concrete jungle. By introducing stone accents into your aesthetic, you can add a charming quality. Our favorite technique is to place plants or vines along the stones to create that oasis-like appearance, or, if you live in an area with moss, you can try to coax the moss to grow over the stones for that overgrown oasis mood.
4. Soft Landscape Lighting
Lasting, oases are rarely accompanied by bright stadium lights, but rather with subtle lighting that provides just enough to be able to see and function. We recommend installing soft landscaping lighting to create a warm and cozy backyard oasis atmosphere that still provides enough light to walk around safely at night.
Design Scapes – Transform Your Property into a Backyard Oasis Today!
Do you want to add pergolas, walkways, or other hardscaping elements to your backyard vacation destination? We at Design Scapes are a team of experienced landscapers and hardscapers who can design and implement an incredible outdoor space you want to play in daily! Give a call today to book a consultation, or visit our website to learn more.