Creating a Backyard Summer Escape

Posted on Nov 10 2013 - 5:01pm by Ronnie

Creating a Backyard Summer Escape #backyard #summer

A backyard needs to be your escape in the summertime. When the weather warms up, you will want to spend some time outdoors – and this means you need to create a backyard that you can enjoy day in and day out. Before you begin creating your escape, you have to determine which components are the most important and what your budget is.

Consider the Landscaping

landscape garden

What does your landscaping look like right now? If you have nothing but a manicured lawn, you may be at an advantage to creating your summer escape. You may want to add some palm trees or even some shrubs to create various corners, though it’s not necessary.

If you have more of a forest than anything else, you have to work on clearing out some of the landscape. You can’t expect to put anything in your backyard if you can’t see from the back door to the end of your property line.

Be sure you have enough room to put everything you want. You can still leave vegetation around if you desire, but you don’t want it to overwhelm your backyard.

Provide Seating for Everyone

Garden seating options

You’re likely not going to be the only one to escape into your backyard, so you want to consider enough seating to accommodate everyone. If you want to take a nap in your backyard, consider a hammock. If the family is going to have dinner outside periodically, you may want to look into a wooden picnic table. As for everyone else, consider Adirondack chairs, stackable patio chairs, or even a table and chairs for people to sit at.

You don’t have to have seating for each and every person that could ever come over. However, you do want to have enough at least for how many come over on an average weekend. This should include any of your family members as well as close friends and neighbors. You can stack some of the chairs out of the way and bring them out only on social events.

Cool Off in One Way or Another


The summer heat can get out of control. If you don’t have a way to cool off, you won’t want to escape outdoors. This means you have to think about some way to cool off. One of the easiest solutions is to put a pool in your backyard. This can be an in-ground or an above-ground pool based upon space and budget. Just remember to keep it clean by using a Summer Escapes pool filter available at Backyard Ocean. A dirty pool can really be a downer in an otherwise beautiful garden!

If you’re not too keen on having a pool, you can also explore:

- Umbrellas for the tables
- Canopies for the seating
- Sprinklers for the kids

You can choose various ways to stay cool and integrate them into your backyard.

Add Some Entertainment


How do you plan to keep everyone entertained in your backyard? Establish what you like to do and find out ways to add them. Such forms of entertainment include:

- Horseshoes
- Badminton
- Volleyball
- Darts
- Croquet

If you don’t have the space for a lot of games, you can always keep things simple with some of the other forms of entertainment – like a big screen in your screened in lanai or various games that you can set up and then put away when the party is over.

You will also want to make sure you are well-equipped to feed people. You can choose a three or four burner grill or incorporate a whole entire exterior kitchen in stone in your backyard. This will depend on how much space you have, how many people you typically feed, and what your budget looks like.

There are plenty of other tips when it comes to creating a backyard escape, too. You have to be realistic about what you plan on doing in the backyard. You may be a quite person or you may be a socializing person. This will play into what you want in the backyard. Instead of walking around on the bare grass, you may even want to use pavers to create walkways through your backyard.

Be creative and look at all your options. Pay close attention to the amount of space you have in your backyard so you don’t overdo it.


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  • Debbie

    Love the pool, and the landscaping.

  • Ave T

    I would love a hammock! Thanks for great tips!

  • Krista Bainbridge

    We definitely need to pay better attention to our landscaping! We spend so much time in our backyard – but it is BO-RING! I think I’ll focus on that for next year – and a hammock would be fabulous!

  • Melissa Smith

    I so wish I had a bigger yard to be able to do half of these things. Maybe some day!

  • Fabulous Perks

    Wow! This is an amazing ideas. Definitely something to keep in mind. Especially for future home owners.

  • jrhammlett

    Lovely. I wish my backyard wasn’t overrun by mosquitoes I love outdoor living and these all look like such relaxing backyards.

  • Amy Desrosiers

    Wow, I wish my backyard had an inground pool

  • Laurie Floyd

    I’ll just move over to that lawn….so beautiful!!! I would love a backyard that I could entertain in!!

  • Melanie Roberts

    Sooo beautiful and relaxing; who needs vacation getaways with a backyard like that… just love it…

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    If I had a backyard as these images I would never want to leave my yard! I wish we had a yard other than a patio, a place for my kids to play.

  • Francine Morrell

    Oh, I like these ideas!

  • Debbie Denny

    I would not need vacation if I had those things in my yard!

  • Shannah at Just Us Four

    I can’t wait for summer to come around again so we can get back out in our backyard!

  • Shauna Torres

    I wish that we had the space for all of that… we used to have 4 acres in the country and now we have such a small yard! HA

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I so love your ideas and I really do have a big enough yard for everything, but the fire ants are stopping me from making it a haven out there!

  • brett

    we have a big backyard and i would love to use some of these ideas!

  • Janeane Davis

    It is nice to turn your home into a beautiful area. It makes it more enjoyable and more like a real home.

  • dreammua

    We need to do this with our yard but it’s so expensive.

  • Mariana

    I so wish we had a pool in our backyard! I can’t complain, though… we have a nice patio and a great play set for the kids. Can’t wait til summer!

  • homemakinghacks

    I’d love to do something more with our backyard for sure. I just fell in love with that backyard seating.. that would be amazing! Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

  • Danielle @ We Have It All

    Oh I would die for those backyards! Especially with the pool!

  • Heather Lawrence

    I so miss summer!!
    We have quite a bit of work to do in our backyard.
    Can not wait to make our backyard an extension of our house!

  • kSquaredGlamour

    oh man i would love to have a beautiful back yard like those! so beautiful

  • Christine Luken

    I miss summer already! It’s cold and nasty here. I’m definitely a warm weather girl!

  • Latrice

    What a great backyard…mine is so boring. I would spend so much time in the back if we could transform it to a mini paradise.

  • LizB4

    These ideas make outside look so cozy and fun! I can’t wait to try to do it soon (maybe next summer).