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Most of us lead hectic lives. At the end of a long day, there’s nothing quite like retreating to an outdoor space that showcases your yard and its luxury landscape. Your outdoor sanctuary can be your happy place and help you create lifelong memories with friends and family. If you’re looking to transform yours into a relaxing, enchanting place to enjoy this summer and beyond, here are a few ideas for inspiration:

1. Cover the patio.

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If you really want to enhance your outdoor space and make it useable all year long, adding a cover or roof is one of the best ways to do so. Sheltered from rain or snow, your living area will be able to accommodate furniture and more.

2. Add plenty of seating.

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Underneath your patio cover or veranda, add a variety of seating to create an inviting atmosphere that can comfortably accommodate impromptu gatherings with a few friends or larger summer parties.

3. Deck out the dining area.

Al fresco dining is what summer is all about. If your yard gets lots of sun, consider a pergola or trellis to add shade, which you can cover with fragrant flowers or climbing vines. An oversized farm table with benches is a great solution for those occasions when your guest list is larger.

4. Let your trees, plantings, and flowers take the stage.

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Bright, spectacular perennial flowerbeds. A colorful flower and vegetable garden. Trees with large canopies spreading shade in all the right places. Evergreen shrubs mixed with continuous blooming bushes. No outdoor space is complete without a luxury landscapefull of natural beauty.

5. Build an outdoor kitchen.

Take your culinary prowess outside by adding an outdoor kitchen to the backyard. The possibilities are endless, but at a minimum, your kitchen should include a built-in grill with adjacent counterspace. Additions like a small refrigerator, trash compactor, stovetop, and sink will take your entertaining during the warmer months to a whole new level—and extend the use of your patio into the fall and winter months.

6. Create a custom fireplace or fire pit.

Nothing says cozy like the glow of a fire on a mild summer evening. Stone and brick fire pits and fireplaces often become the stunning focal point of a backyard’s living area. After dark, you and your guests will gather around to share glasses of wine and stories, toast marshmallows with the kids, and much more.

A home’s yard offers so many amazing possibilities to build a luxury landscape that evokes serenity and happiness. Your outdoor haven should be the place where you relax and watch the sunset at the end of the day, celebrate good times with loved ones, and enjoy quiet, mindful moments. Make it your own by incorporating one or a few of these elements.

Let The Todd Group help you create your dream space. Our varied expertise in luxury landscape design and installation, stone masonry, building landscape structures and other features, and more allows us to create incredible spaces that homeowners can enjoy for many years to come.