An Entertainer’s Dream: Top Backyard Upgrades Your Summer Guests Will Eat Up


The temperature is rising across Kentucky and that means it’s time for summer entertaining with backyard barbecues and gatherings. This summer, think about going beyond a few lawn chairs and a table to create an area of your home that’s almost an extension of your living room. You can transform your yard from a place to just hang out, into an orchestrated space for relaxation. These upgrades are so good that your guests might not want to leave. 

Make it comfortable

Uncomfortable patio furniture is out and outdoor furniture that’s more like what you’d find in your living room is in. This year, real estate agents are talking a lot about backyard upgrade trends, and one of them is opting for weather-resistant couches and oversized chairs that bring comfort to the great outdoors. A neutral setup in gray or tan can be livened up with brightly striped pillows or a coordinating shade umbrella for your table. When planning your outdoor furniture layout, think about creating dedicated areas for eating, relaxing, and maybe even lounging if your backyard has a pool, or if your guests might want to sunbathe. Updating backyard furniture is a surefire way to present your home in the best light to potential buyers too if you are thinking about selling your house for cash soon. 

Get cozy

For an upgrade that’s another of the hottest backyard trends this summer, you can add a firepit that will give your family and your guests a chance to roast marshmallows and keep everyone warm if the temperature dips at night. Fire pits can be created using stone pavers or bricks to create a small structure that can be a permanent fixture in your backyard — an outdoor feature that potential buyers will love. Budget-friendly additions also include moveable above-ground kits that you can take wherever the party goes. If you are researching DIY options be sure to keep your fire pit away from furniture and other flammable items in your backyard, with an emergency plan to put out fires whenever you are using it. 

Add lighting 

The quickest way to turn your backyard into an inviting space for nighttime entertaining is to add lighting. You don’t need to spend a fortune installing overhead lights to make this upgrade though, there are creative ways to add string lights to your backyard that can create a whimsical party environment. Some easy lighting solutions are adding string lights to a tree, or a privacy fence or hedge. If you don’t have an obvious place to hang lights already, a few potted plants with wooden poles can be added to your yard to light an outdoor dining area. Use potted plants and beams to hang lanterns for another festive look. To make lighting part of your home decor all summer, be sure to opt for solutions that are weather-resistant to withstand storms. 

A backyard is important real estate on your property and making upgrades can help you get the most out of this space. You can also help potential buyers envision how they can use your backyard for summer entertaining.

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