Backyard recreation is not limited to children playing on a swing set. Most people spare no expense decorating the inside of their homes, in an attempt to create an interesting and inviting atmosphere. However, not many people treat the backyard the same way. The backyard should be considered and treated as an extra area of the home, one that is dedicated to relaxation and fun for every season of the year. This special extension of the home can be utilized by children and adults, either at the same time or separately. With proper planning, you can create a backyard that allows you to relax and have fun without compromising the esthetics of the landscaping. The only requirement is a little imagination and flexible budget.
All children, even the older ones, enjoy the activities provided by a swing set A vintage wooden swing set can enhance the design of your backyard. Erecting a multi-function cedar set near a large tree and adding access to a tree house from the set will provide hours of fun and exploration, while keeping children safely within view.
Providing a small tent will allow children to enjoy a camping experience in their own backyard. A tent provides shade in hot weather and protection from cool winds. It can be be stocked with a thermos of either warm or cold drinks, depending on the weather, and used as a haven for rest periods and refreshments between activities.
Backyard (or front yard) sports are always enjoyed by young and old alike. A paved driveway is easily transformed into a basketball one-on-one area with the installation of just one hoop, either free-standing or attached to the garage. A simple net can be used for volleyball or badminton between for two or more people. Since all these sports require a good bit of movement, they are easily extended into the cooler months and provide the valuable exercise.
You probably already take full advantage of your backyard for barbequing during the summer, but this can also be extended into the cooler months with the addition of a fire pit or propane patio heater. Providing comfortable seating will make the backyard the favorite relaxation spot to soothe away the stresses of the day.
A beautiful and restful area can be created with a fountain, landscaped with mulch or pea gravel and illuminated with solar lights. Provide comfortable benches within the fountain area for relaxing seclusion. Locating this area within sight of the patio adds a special touch to your backyard decor, while adding to the relaxing atmosphere.
These are only a few suggestions to help get you start enjoying backyard recreation and relaxation. Your imagination will surely find many more useful additions and activities.