Studies show that spending time outdoors actually increases brainpower and creates a feeling of calm and overall wellbeing. But the heat and humidity of the North Texas summer can make it a challenge to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
While a swimming pool provides a cool respite on its own, adding some landscaping, furniture, lighting and an outdoor entertainment area set the scene for your own personal oasis just steps away from the comfort of your Carillon Southlake home.
The North Texas sun can be brutal, so shade is a must. If your backyard is lacking in mighty oaks, you can either go to the expense and hassle of transplanting large trees, which might not survive, or install a shade structure and wait for your small planted trees to grow. A pergola, arbor or gazebo not only offers a shady reprieve, but also accents the yard’s landscape. Drapes hung from the sides give the structure a resort feel and can be drawn to block the sun, wind or rain.
Modern patio furniture is much more than the lawn chairs and umbrellas of yesteryear. Today’s backyards are designed with comfort and entertaining in mind. It’s not unusual to find a large wicker or glass-top dining table with six to eight fully upholstered chairs next to an outdoor kitchen perfect for outdoor meals. Canopy daybeds alongside sleek lounge chairs make snoozing by the pool even more relaxing, while an outdoor sofa and chairs around a built-in fire pit are perfect for conversations spent sipping wine or summer libations.
Although Southlake is currently under Stage 1 water conservation, tougher restrictions will be implemented if drought conditions worsen. To prevent the potential loss of your landscaping investment, install drip irrigation and use native drought-tolerant plant species in your backyard design. Drip irrigation trickles water directly to the roots, eliminating premature evaporation of water and decreases the need for water, fertilizer and insecticides when coupled with plants native to Texas.
Outdoor lighting is often seen as a necessity and not as an element of landscape design, but with the right lights in the right places, you can add drama and beauty to any backyard. Mount fixtures in the branches of a large, gnarled oak tree to illuminate its grandeur. Place path lights near interesting low-growing plants to add color and texture. Take advantage of your pool’s reflective properties by letting light reflect off the water surface or stringing waterproof LED lights inside and around the pool.
Your backyard is a relaxing and fun retreat for you and your family, but it’s also a place where you entertain friends and throw summer outdoor parties. Set up a large flat-screen TV to catch the Rangers game, or perhaps install a sound system that will play music throughout the backyard but won’t disturb your neighbors. If you’re building or redesigning your pool, consider adding a swim-up bar with tiled built-in seats in the pool and bar stools behind the bar for non-swimmers.
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