Creating Your Own Backyard Sanctuary

I love watching The Block, Grand Designs and home makeover/reno shows. Magazines, Pinterest and social media have inspirational ideas.

But how do you transpose these things into your own backyard?

We are all unique – different families, homes, tastes and budgets.

Creating a sanctuary in your outdoor space involves designing a functional and harmonious area where you can relax, unwind, and connect with nature or family and friends. Here are the steps to help you create a beautiful outdoor sanctuary:

– Before starting, visualize how you want your sanctuary to look and feel. What do you/your family love to do? What would you start to do more of if you had the right space? Can you reuse, remodel or alter existing pieces? What pieces would you love to buy? Do you want it to be a peaceful retreat, a place for meditation and relaxation, a reading nook or a space for social gatherings? This will help guide your design choices.

– Incorporate comfortable seating options such as outdoor lounge chairs, hammocks, or outdoor sofas. This will provide a cozy and inviting place to sit and unwind.

– Add elements of water to create a calming ambiance. You can install a small pond or water fountain to create a soothing sound and a serene focal point.

– Consider designated areas for activities or multi-functional zones.

– Consider creating a focal point in your sanctuary, such as a beautiful sculpture, greenery and plants or a fire pit for warm and cozy evenings.

– Incorporate shade elements such as pergolas, umbrellas, or shade sails to offer relief from direct sunlight.

– Don’t forget to add lighting to your backyard sanctuary. Install outdoor lighting that can create a soft and warm ambiance in the evenings. Use solar-powered lights for an eco-friendly option.

– Add personal touches to make your sanctuary truly your own. Hang wind chimes, add lanterns and candles. Place decorative cushions and throw blankets for added comfort.

– Finally, maintain your sanctuary by regularly tending to your plants, cleaning furniture, and keeping the space clutter-free.

Creating a sanctuary in your backyard is a great way to escape the busyness of everyday life and find peace and relaxation in your own home.

Remember, the key is to create a space that resonates with your personal preferences and brings you joy. Take your time during the design process to ensure your outdoor sanctuary truly becomes a place of  enjoyment and rejuvenation.