If you have a substantial backyard or open area on your property, you may be trying to figure out how to make more use of the space. Grass is great for running around on, but you may want to develop the area for something more. You can have your cake and eat it too by placing appropriately sized structures in your yard, which will make that emptiness more exciting and inviting at the same time! Here are some ideas for what to add.
Garden bridges. If you have a sizeable property, there may be a small ditch or channel to accommodate runnoff during heavy rains by keeping it away from your house. If not, you may want to add one. Directing the flow of water can improve the ground as well, since rushing water can carry nutrients away with it, break up soil and drown or uproot the plants themselves. More complex gardens may even incorporate a channel as part of a planned irrigation system.
If you just leave a ditch in your yard, however, it can be a pain to cross and potentially an eyesore. With a garden bridge, the channel stops being an irritating obstacle and becomes an interesting terrain feature, breaking up flat areas. A tasteful bridge can also be pleasing to the eye on its own.
Bridges may come in a variety of materials, such as cedar, redwood or metal, to match any other outdoor decorations or structures you have. Consider starting a theme suited to your preferences. They may have rails, depending on whether you're more concerned with safety or an unobstructed view, and come in varying lengths.
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Fire pits. Fire pits can serve several purposes in a yard, starting with providing warmth. If you like to spend time outdoors, but find yourself getting chilly, a nice flame can be the solution. At the same time, a fire pit can add atmosphere to a yard even when unlit, serving as a focal point and a location for you, your family, your friends and any guests to congregate around when relaxing.
With the added glow you'll be able to sit outside later in the night - and the year - than before. There's just no substitute for a real fire, and having it there can encourage you to get outside more often and vary the scenery of your life.
Of course, a fire pit can also serve as more than a decoration and heat source. A properly set up fire pit can be a great place to cook outdoors, particularly for summer parties and barbecues. Thanks to those glowing embers, you'll be able to start going outdoors earlier in the spring and stay out later into the fall. The entire time, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite home-grilled food.
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Outdoor fireplaces. A fire pit can go almost anywhere, although you should be mindful of proper fire safety. If you have something more extensive in mind, and want a well-defined structure, then an outdoor fireplace may be right for you.
An outdoor fireplace can be a small, independent structure or be built into a wall. Why add a wall to your garden? Well, it can offer some privacy for you and your neighbors and break up space. You can separate the cooking and party area from your garden and designate the latter as a quieter space for people who want to relax.
It can also serve as a windbreaker, making it a lot more comfortable to stay outside on days when the weather doesn't cooperate and decreasing the likelihood that paper plates, plastic wrappings and other items will blow away the second you put them down. That way, it'll be easier to maintain your fire and eat your food once you cook it.
Strategies for space. You don't have to fill up every inch of available space with these items. A bridge connects areas, giving you more room to use. Fire pits can be small and placed off to one side if you want to leave room for a game of catch or something similar. A fireplace may even help you separate the play area from the cooking and sitting area, so you don't have to worry about a football landing in your freshly grilled ribs or knocking over the salad dressing.
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