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Creating an Outside Retreat

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While you are creating your perfect homestead, you should also consider cultivating a place in your backyard that will work as a retreat.

Whether you want to socialize at home or create an oasis to enjoy solitude, creating a space that appeals to you can help you feel rejuvenated and enhance your love for your home.

Here are some ways that you can find the perfect fit for your needs. 

Plan Ahead

It is important when designing your perfect backyard that you plan ahead.

You want to make sure that your ideas will work well together, that they will fit nicely in the area, and that you won’t strain your budget completing the project.

You can create a scale design using graphing paper to ensure that things are drawn to scale and you have an accurate idea of what the finished product will look like. 

Find Your Style

It is also important to find a design that you are going to be happy with in the long term.

It is nice to look up ideas online, but be sure that ideas you find and incorporate really speak to you and are going to make you truly happy.

What looks good or works for some people may not work for you. 

You can find your perfect design by thinking about what you are going to use the space to do.

If you are going to entertain outside a lot, then finding good patio furniture that will accommodate your guests is essential.

If you are looking for a place of solitude, then you may prefer a hammock or garden swing. 

Once you know what is important to you, you can start collecting ideas online.

Saving them to one place will help you remember what you liked.

Then you can go back and look at them later to see if you notice any elements that show up repeatedly. These patterns will help you determine what you really like. 

Elements to Consider

You may want to consider adding unique elements that will give the space the atmosphere that you want to enjoy.

Building an arbor or pergola can help give your space a romantic feel, especially if you train climbing plants to grow over it. 

You can also add a walkway for easy access to your area.

There are many different kinds of paving materials that you can use to give it as polished to natural feel as you want.

You should be sure to set them at a slope to encourage water to runoff so they stay dry and clear. 

You may also want to consider adding a firepit to your outdoor area.

This can give you a good backdrop to add to family activities or gatherings of friends.

It can also be fun if you have children to cookout or camp outside using the fire. 

Another element you might want to consider adding is a water feature.

The sound of trickling water can act as a calming influence which will make your area peaceful.

A small pond for fish is also a beautiful addition.