Cooler temperatures may be rolling in, but that doesn’t mean those backyard barbeques need to end. Fall is a great time to play, grill, and hang out with friends and family outdoors. To make sure your backyard is in tip-top shape to entertain, we’ve shared a few tips from HGTV’s Chip Wade, which originally appeared at the Examiner.com. Have fun!
- Wade recommends adding creative seating to your backyard space. Wade says it is important to think about the versatility of the piece. If you’re a beginner, start with a stationary piece and make it mobile by adding 8” diameter casters to the seating. Cozy seating, Wade says, is a great way to bring people together (and keep them warm).
- Wade suggests a flexible outdoor and indoor space when brisk weather starts to settle in. Wade says you should consider extending spaces off of rooms that are often used for gathering, such as a kitchen, family room, or basement. Extending these spaces to the outdoors with a well-planned design adds extra versatility to the existing space. For temporary solutions, try a rental tent.
- Wade recommends changing up your trellis from something ordinary to extraordinary. Consider changing the color or hooking up a swing between trellises. A swing will lift your seating area off the ground, adding to the atmosphere and making cleanup a breeze.
- Daylight savings time means shorter days, making fall the perfect time to add some outdoor exterior lighting. Wade says overhead structures are best for adding lighting but aren’t the only option. Wade says you can use LED lights and place them around focal points in your backyard, such as a water fountain or tree.