I consulted with an interior designer in order to get a professional perspective on outdoor space. Oftentimes, people forgo hiring a designer because they feel it is a lavish expenditure. I would argue that hiring a designer can help you save money because they maximize the beautification of your space within the parameters of your budget.
I consulted with Claudia Tejeda from Claudia Giselle Design for how to best arrange and decorate the backyard. Her approach is to think of it in the same way you would the interior of your home (a novel idea to me).
We walked about the yard and together we designated a space for the “kitchen” (grill); “living room” (sofa with cushions, pillows, a coffee table & side chairs), “dining room” (outdoor table & umbrella) and finally a nook which would consist of a bench surrounded by plants where Fiancé and I can sit underneath the stars enjoying sweet tea vodka and an earthy IPA 🙂
Here are Claudia’s tips on kicking off the summer season:
It’s a good idea to keep your patio clean otherwise it won’t be an inviting or appealing space to be in! Don’t let it become a storage space, and treat it as deliberately as you would any other room in the house.
When the weather starts to warm, it’s a good idea to make a list of all things you need to do get your patio ready. Make it fun and get your children, spouse, friends and family involved, and reward them with a nice kick-off party/ bbq to celebrate all their hard work. Or this could just be an opportunity to have a romantic evening with a loved one over a glass of wine under a starry sky.
The key is to break down the tasks and try not do it all at once. Here are some things you will need to do to get your patio ready!
1) Remove all furniture, potters, bbq grill, etc.
2) Clean the patio floor. Whether it’s brushing it, hosing down or power washing. Make sure the floor is clean. And inspect it to evaluate if it needs any repair, refinish or restoration. Take special care where there was existing furniture; and in the corners, around planters, remove weeds, dust, moss, leaves, etc.
3) Clean the furniture, wipe it down before putting it back on the patio. Don’t forget to also clean your umbrella.
4) Clean window screens, wipe down the sliding glass door, and check to see if door hinges need to be lubricated.
5) Clean the light fixtures, wipe down any cob webs, dust off the bulb, or replace it.
6) Clean your bbq grill
7) Refill your propane tank
8) Empty fire pit and hose down.
9) Add new soil to your planters for gardening and clean the pots.
10) Clean the gutters.
And once your patio is nice and clean, bring out the outdoor cushions, candles, and accessories that will make the patio a relaxing and fun part of the house to enjoy.