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2018 Backyard Remodel Trends

Fact: warmer weather is upon us -- which makes for the perfect excuse to remodel your backyard! From the patio to the lawn, there are a series of different (and fun ways) to transform this green space into a comfortable work of art! If you’re not sure where to start, have no fear -- because we’re here to provide some remodeling tips and inspiration! Sit back, relax, grab a notepad and let’s get started!

Outdoor Dining Room

Looking for one of the best ways to create a welcoming and inviting dining space in your backyard? Sure, a picnic table would work -- but that could be quite dull and uncomfortable (hello, climbing out of your seat with a plate of food)! Solution? Create an outdoor dining room!

Known as one of the most significant trends of 2018, an outdoor dining room will be the perfect way to entertain your guests in the most welcoming way possible! To start, you’ll want to find a section of your backyard that will accommodate the space perfectly. We suggest using your patio, deck, or a shaded area of your yard for this masterpiece!

Once you scout out your location, you’ll want to purchase some outdoor furniture that will replicate an indoor dining space. When doing this step, think of a long table, comfortable outdoor chairs and more -- because the possibilities are utterly endless!

Finally, you’ll want to add some fun accessories, such as outdoor pillows, a centerpiece, and table runner, to name a few. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how beautiful (and useful) this space will be!

Add a Splash of Color

In search of a way to add some color to your space? Why not add some splashes of color with outdoor accessories! Being one of the simplest ways to create a welcoming environment, this is the best way to bring the spirit of summer to your space! If you have a green thumb, then the perfect solution is to add some gerbera daisies!

These colorful flowers come in a variety of beautiful hues, such as pink, yellow, orange and more; perfect to add some summer to any outdoor space! While these flowers may seem delicate, they are quite sturdy against the elements and require maximum sunlight exposure! You’ll be enamored by how bright and beautiful these flowers will be!

If you’re looking for a more “permanent” solution, then we highly recommend purchasing some fun outdoor lawn ornaments! From happy little garden gnomes to pink lawn flamingos, these outdoor staples will make the perfect addition to any outdoor space! Whether you have a big or small backyard, a lawn ornament will be the perfect addition to bring that summer energy you’re looking for!

Create an Outdoor Living Room

Looking to make summer nights a bit cozier? Think about creating an outdoor living room! Of course, you don’t want to put your great grandmother’s Victorian couch outside -- but you can certainly purchase some fun outdoor furniture! From sectional sofas to coffee tables, there are a variety of indoor items that have weatherproof twins that will do just the trick!

Once you purchase your outdoor furnishings, it’s then time to find the perfect spot to “build” your outdoor living space. Just like your outdoor dining room, you’ll want to use either your patio, deck or a cool, shaded area to place your furnishings.

Looking to bring your outdoor living room up a notch? Think about implementing a fire pit! Whether you build the fire pit from scratch or purchase one from your local home improvement store, this will be the perfect addition to add a cozy element to your space -- and makes for the ideal opportunity for some s’mores gatherings, too!

Decorate with Landscape Lighting

Believe it or not, landscape lighting isn’t just for country clubs: it can be used in your backyard, too! Whether you’re looking to brighten up your patio/deck or add some whimsical charm around your walkways, this will be the perfect way to create the summer glow you’re looking for!

One of the best ways to decorate with landscape lighting is to place it around any bushes/shrubs in your backyard. Of course, when you hire our team of professionals, we’ll help pick the perfect lighting for your outdoor space that will help it shine in the most efficient way possible!

If you’re really looking to maximize the illumination in your space, then adding some outdoor spotlights will do the trick! Here at Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing, our team of licensed electricians can add light, or an outlet, just about anywhere in your backyard or home. No matter what your vision may be, we can certainly make it an illuminated reality!

Find Your Focal Point

Just like an elegant dining room, your backyard needs a focal point. Not only will a focal point create a visually appealing spot on your property, but it will also tie the backyard together (just like a room in your home). If you’re looking for the simplest solution, then a fountain or birdbath will do just the trick!

Before “plopping” down your focal point item of choice, you’ll want to measure your yard visually, looking for the center. Once you claim this spot, you can then place the fountain/birdbath there to mark the spot. If you want to increase the visual value, you can certainly add some flowers around it and maybe some waterproof solar lights, too!

Create a Path

Looking to create some walkways in your backyard? Instead of having concrete sidewalks placed among the greenery, create some paths using stepping stones! Perfect for any space, stepping stones are the best way to make a custom walkway with style!

One of the best places to create a walkway is to find an area of grass that seems to get the most walking-traffic. Before you make this fabulous path, you can purchase stepping stones at your local gardening store for a relatively inexpensive price. From there, you can either create a straight or bent path; the possibilities are entirely endless (and fun)!

Not only will a custom walkway with stepping stones create convenience in your backyard, but it will add a splash of character to your outdoor space that will undoubtedly spark a conversation with your guests!

Whether you’re looking to illuminate your backyard, repair your AC, or need to unclog a toilet, we’re here to help! If the DIY route isn’t one you’d like to follow, just give Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing a call at (866) 978-9297 for friendly, reliable and efficient service!