5 Unique Backyard Features to Enjoy as a Family

5 Unique Backyard Features to Enjoy as a Family
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    Having a big backyard is one of the best things about owning a house, but unfortunately it's also the one area that can go overlooked and under-utilized for years.

    Once you know how to appreciate your backyard however, it can easily become an oasis of comfort and fun, and your family's favorite hangout spot.


Below are five of the best ways to get your family together and enjoy your backyard space.


Grills are one of those features that never get old.  Because they’re so versatile, they can be used year-round without being an eyesore.  Grills are such a staple backyard feature in America, that a backyard looks incomplete without one.  No summer is complete without a day of grilling out in the backyard. Being able to cook outside is a pleasure in and of itself but is also a great excuse to get the family outdoors and all together. There are endless options for your meal. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and steak all work great, but if you prefer to go the healthier route, grilled pineapples, broccoli, peaches, and asparagus are always good choices as well.

Fire Pits

A fire pit is another reason having a backyard is so enjoyable.  It’s always a good choice for a backyard hangout. Mom and dad can cozy up in a comfy chair while kids roast marshmallows and hot dogs. There are a variety of options depending on your budget and needs. You can create your own fire pit by digging a hole in the ground, but more elaborate built-in options include wood burning, propane, fueled, and natural gas fire pits. You can also go portable with a wood-burning fire bowl, available at most home and garden stores.

Swimming Pools

Depending on where you live, you may have the option to spend a day at the beach on a hot summer day. Swimming pools are a definite unique icon in the American backyard.  Nothing beats the convenience and sheer joy of being able to jump in the water in your own backyard. Everyone loves custom swimming pools in their neighborhood.  All backyards have individual appeal, but constructing one yourself makes your house stick out. In-ground swimming pools are a great choice and can add a new dimension of enjoyment for your family. Depending on your family’s budget and interests, other options for backyard fun include above ground pools, hot tubs, and of course, kiddie pools.

Use the Lawn

Putting in a lawn takes some time, but the rewards are endless.  Being able to play sports on your natural turf that you’ve installed yourself is second to none. Activities can be as simple as playing catch with a baseball or throwing a Frisbee back and forth. You can also set up a backyard volleyball or badminton court. If you’ve got a big backyard, a game of soccer or football might be a valid option. Of course, if your family isn’t the active type the backyard is still a great place for you to let loose and play. Consider taking your favorite board game out back for a family game night.

Ultimate Privacy

Perhaps the most important step in making your backyard the go-to place for your family is to cultivate a relaxing atmosphere. Well-placed outdoor lighting, comfortable weather-resistant seating, tables, and elegant decorations can make more of an impact than you may think. Adding privacy to your backyard space may also help to make it more comfortable. Consider adding fencing or a well-placed plant or two to give your backyard that extra coziness it needs.

Now that you know these five ways to start enjoying your backyard while bringing your family together, it’s up to you to get creative and figure out what’s right for you. Every backyard is unique, and every family has their own definitions of fun, relaxation, and comfort. Start a dialogue with your family about the backyard, and see what ideas they come up with. The possibilities are truly endless, so have fun with it and experiment, and soon the backyard will be your family’s favorite part of the house.

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