Backyard Bahamas: How to Create Your Own Private Paradise

Backyard Bahamas: How to Create Your Own Private Paradise
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    Outdoor living spaces are the new craze for DIY home improvement projects.

    Everything from fancy outdoor kitchens to exotic backyard garden areas that rival a vacation at a tropical resort located on an island in the Bahamas.


CBS Money Watch details some outdoor living spaces that cost millions to make. Here are ways to develop your own paradise at home to suit your own budget and style.

Landscaping Plants

Choose large leafy plants that give that tropical feel. If you have pets or children, be aware that some plants commonly used for both indoor and outdoor decorating are highly toxic. For example, Sago palms are toxic and the seeds contain high concentrations of the poisonous substance. Use large planters for tropical varieties that are not meant for your planting zone, then overwinter them in your home or a warm garage. Be sure to purchase a hand truck to move heavy planters.


A gazebo or other structure is necessary for shade. Summertime is enjoyed because of the sunshine and warm weather, but sitting out in the hot sun on a July day can be uncomfortable. Pergolas overgrown with leafy plants, the new style of extra large outdoor umbrellas, and the metal and fabric DIY temporary gazebos all offer great shade options for creating your perfect outdoor space.

Water Features and Fun

The sky is the limit for backyard water features, but they are going to be the highlight and focal point of your private backyard paradise. Ponds, waterfalls and streams are all possible by using preformed designs or specialty fabric to make a custom water feature.

Outdoor spa tubs are a great place for you, your spouse and a couple of friends to enjoy, and a swimming pool is ideal for entertaining larger groups. This is especially true if kids are involved. They are not likely to be interested in a hot tub, but a swimming pool is irresistible on a hot summer day. Above-ground and in-ground varieties are available to fit any budget, but be sure to include a sturdy pool fence, such as one from Diamond Fence (Aust) Pty Ltd, to comply with code requirements and to help prevent accidental drownings.

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Outdoor Furniture

Today’s outdoor furniture comfort rivals that of your best pieces of furniture indoors. Everything from outdoor recliners to comfy couches are available for your outdoor tropical getaway in your own back yard. Durable and strong resin or powder-coated metal frames are coupled with overstuffed cushions made of durable UV and mold-resistant materials that are easy to keep clean and stand up to many seasons of all that Mother Nature can dish out. Outdoor tables are available with a propane fire pit built into them. You do not have any ashes to deal with, but you can still enjoy a nice fire to gather around in the evenings.

Choose things that fit your budget and style. Just be sure to provide some plants that give a tropical feel, something to provide shade, a moving water feature or place to take a dip and cool off, and a comfortable place to sit. The water feature is more important than many might think. Water, especially moving water, has the ability to cool the area surrounding it. This can be a welcome comfort on a blistering, hot day.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.