Turning Your Backyard Into An Oasis

Outdoor living is both limited and limitless in Calgary. It is limited because our summers are so short here and we truly never know when winter will strike. It is limitless because Calgary protects its greenspaces and home-builders have made sure that backyards are bountiful. With the later in mind, we are on a mission to make outdoor living time count.

Backyards can either become an oasis of happiness and peace, or they can quickly become second only to a junkyard. While Calgary has strict bylaws about the condition of properties, many fail to utilize their outdoor space to its fullest potential.  

If you’ve been staring out the kitchen window wondering what on earth to do with your backyard this summer, look no further; we are here to help.

First things first, assess the amount of space you have. The goal of a well-used, properly-staged backyard is to be inviting without being overbearing. If you have the space to build Canada’s next backyard wonderland, go for it! If not, don’t stress: even small adjustments will make a huge difference.

Consider what you want the space to be used for. Do you want room to play football, or do you want a space to sit and read a book? Maybe you want to be able to do it all. Either way, decide what your priorities are and build everything else around that. For example, if you want to be the next grill master, design the BBQ area first and then tackle the rest.

Search what you’re looking for on Pinterest. You’ll be amazed at the creative solutions people have come up with, most of which include instructions on how to do it yourself. Don’t be scared to customize what you see and put your own spin on it! Channel your inner HGTV renovator and get to work.

Make the details count. Nice backyard lighting, comfy cushions, easy storage and more will make your newly designed space comfortable and accessible. It shouldn’t feel like work to use the space. After all, you designed it for YOU!

Have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Your Real Estate Professional,

Ken Richter

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