Des Moines often sees some great weather, especially during the summer and fall seasons. As such, many homeowners often want to have outdoor living spaces constructed in their backyards to take advantage of the weather. Fortunately, working with respected landscaping companies is a great way to achieve this goal.
Naturally, your patio should be designed to match the outdoor activities you plan to do—and what better activity is there than hosting a fun backyard barbecue for your family and friends? If this is how you plan to use your new patio, here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your new outdoor living space:
Long Food Prep Table or Countertop
Does your family share your passion for barbecue? If so, you may want to invest in a longer preparation table or countertop to allow for multiple people to prepare food together. The countertop can easily double as an outdoor bar or buffet table when it’s time to host the next family get together. When designing the cooking area, try choosing natural materials like stone. This helps make your cooking area a natural fit with the overall feel of your backyard.
Covered or Pergola-Style Dining Area
Don’t let rain put a damper on your party! Consider having a cover added to your patio as a “best of both worlds” solution. Not only do you stay nice and dry during an unexpected shower, but you can all still enjoy the fresh air in your backyard. If covering the entire area is not an option, try having just the cooking area covered so you can still use your grill.
A Colorful View
Grilling up hotdogs, steaks, and burgers for a large group of people can be tiring for the cook. Thoughtful landscaping can help with this by planting a beautiful view of prized flowers directly within the line of sight of the cook. You’d be surprised by how effective beautiful flowers can refresh the mind and help people focus on the task at-hand.
Split Level Patios
If space is a premium in your backyard, you may want to consider split-level patios to maximize the area. In such a patio, keep the grilling area at the top section to keep smoke away from guests. The dining area can easily occupy the bottom section. Another alternative to this would be to have a small entertainment area with outdoor seating or furniture to keep guests comfortable and makes them feel at home.
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