Stuck with a boring strip of grass to mow? Looking for a chance to spend some more time in the outdoors? Love to entertain? Summer may be well underway, but that doesn't mean it's too late to add a little oomph to your backyard gatherings. If you're looking to make the perfect addition to your backyard before autumn arrives, and to make the most out of summertime, here are five suggestions that are a great fit for many Edmonton homeowners.
Next Level Barbecuing
Love to barbecue? Why not take your grilling game to the next level? Aside from upgrading the BTUs on your grill, additions like wood-fired pizza ovens or smokers can expand your outdoor cooking possibilities immensely. If you're looking for more, consider a full-scale outdoor kitchen, which can include modular sinks, side burners, preparation areas, ice bins, and much more. While many barbecues tend to be utilitarian when it comes to looks, the most opulent of outdoor kitchens can include a touch of style that matches any interior, including handsome stainless steel, stained oak cabinetry, and tile backsplashes.
Speaking of flames, there may be nothing better on a cool summer night than gathering with friends around a warm fire. While it's easy to overdo it when it comes to flames, a stylish fire pit can add a cozy touch to any outdoor area, and many modern designs are small enough to fit even modest yards. Before you set out to install a fiery pit of hellish proportions, though, keep in mind that the City of Edmonton maintains fairly strict community standards when it comes to the size, placement, and materials of your fire pit.
Equal parts shady and open, the pergola has become a popular choice for extending your living space out into the backyard. Unlike traditional structures like gazebos, the pergola has the benefit of a more open design. Whether you use pressure-treated wood, low-maintenance vinyl, or even fiberglass, you'll find a variety of handsome pergolas that add both shade and comfort to your backyard.
Given how few days of truly sweltering weather we experience in Edmonton, the investment of time and money necessary to install a swimming pool would probably be wasted (and you won't recoup it when it's time to sell, either). But if you love the idea of getting into hot water, then consider adding a hot tub or whirlpool to your backyard. Unlike a swimming pool, an outdoor tub won't break the bank and with a proper enclosure, you can enjoy the benefits of soaking all year round.
If your home isn't particularly close to the neighborhood playground, and your kids are running wild, you might want to consider installing backyard play structure. Though a basic playset, with swings and a slide, can be installed for less than $300, you'll find that high-quality, hand-crafted, and customizable play structures can sell for much more. Regardless of your budget, be sure to invest in quality, all-weather materials that are kid safe, like natural woods.