How to Design Your Perfect Backyard Oasis

Have you every dreamed about turning your backyard into an oasis? Why not remodel this part of your home to be a perfect place to escape after a long day? Redesigning your backyard will allow you to feel as if you are taking a short vacation in an oasis created just for you and your family. Here are some simple changes and even some full-blown renovations that can help you create the backyard of your dreams.

Update Your Deck

If your deck’s most prominent features are its peeling paint, warped boards, and protruding, rusted nails, it’s time for an update. Besides a fresh coat of paint and some minor repairs, there are several ways you can turn your ho-hum deck into the favorite space in your house. Purchase new outdoor furniture and use it to design separate seating arrangements for entertaining. Attach a pergola with beautiful vines to give your deck a garden feel. Build out the deck and add a patio or barbecue station.



These small steps can help give your current deck a second life. Without breaking the budget, you can create a new outdoor space; you don’t need to renovate the whole backyard. Even a larger addition, like a roof and motorized retractable screens, can go a long way to alter your space.

Construct a Beautiful Patio

A patio is a beautiful way to enhance your outdoor space. The options are endless when it comes to the color and texture of stones and other materials you can use. Enhance these features by adding the perfect outdoor furniture for relaxing with a book or napping in the shade. Your patio will look even better surrounded by flowerbeds and your favorite plants.


Beautiful Dallas, TX patio design


A patio allows a cool breeze to pass through the area, giving you a comfortable place to enjoy a warm summer day. The addition of a fire pit would allow you to utilize your patio in the winter months as well.

Add an Outdoor Kitchen

If you love to entertain, an outdoor kitchen could be the perfect addition to your home. Your options for designing the perfect outdoor cook space are endless. If you prefer to keep it simple, a built-in grill with burner features and a smoker might be just what you need. But if you prefer to spend most summer days outdoors, why not design a full kitchen – complete with sink, stovetop, refrigerator, and even a pizza oven – that will allow you to spend more time enjoying your backyard space. Further expand on your outdoor lifestyle by adding a dining area that features a table and comfortable seating that encourages guests to dine and stay awhile.


Outdoor Kitchen - Houston, TX


A covered cook area is optional; however, protection from the elements will allow you to take advantage of the space for several more weeks throughout the year.

Make it More Private

Privacy can be an issue in some planned communities where lot sizes run on the small side, and homes feel as if they are built on top of one another. The addition of a wooden privacy fence or evergreen trees or bushes along your property line might be just what you need to keep your backyard private. Also, motorized retractable screens around your deck or patio can help make your area private as well as protect you from the sun.


private patio designed with retractable motorized screens

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Add a Pool or Hot Tub

While this will be a costly upgrade to your backyard, the addition of an in-ground pool or hot tub is sure to take your outdoor oasis to the next level. This type of addition provides a refreshing escape as well as an opportunity for exercise. The addition of a heater can extend the use of your pool into the cooler months. Don’t forget to add beautiful landscaping to further add to the feel of a tropical paradise in your backyard.


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Barry Block Landscape Design & Contracting – East Moriches, NY


Make Some Areas of Shade

Shady spots are important in your backyard. Adding the right amount of shade will allow you to enjoy your oasis no matter the time of day. You can add shade with umbrellas, pergolas, trees, and retractable screens and awnings.


Additional Outdoor Structures

Adding an outdoor structure to your backyard, like a gazebo, will add to your level of luxury. This structure can be placed strategically near trees, attached to your deck, next to the pool, or as part of your landscaping. An outdoor structure can create a beautiful focal point for your backyard.


Backyard pavilion


Include Outdoor Lighting

It is easy to think about using our outdoor oasis when it is perfect weather outside in the middle of the day. If you have a kitchen or entertaining space outside, it is likely you will use it at night as well. Outdoor lighting can include decorative lamp posts, solar accent stake lights, spotlights, step lights or other options. Proper lighting can further enhance the serene feel of your outdoor space.


Beautiful landscape lighting


Consider a Water Feature

Water features – a fountain or outdoor pond – can add to the visual, physical, mental, and emotional enjoyment of your oasis. The sound, sight, smell, and feel of these features helps you relax and unwind. They can promote a tranquil calmness for you and your guests.


backyard fountains make great water features


Add a Fireplace

If you are investing in your backyard upgrade, consider adding a fireplace. A fireplace can serve as a beautiful focal point for a deck or outdoor sitting area, and it can provide warmth and comfort in colder weather. A fireplace serves as a gathering place that your family can enjoy no matter the time of year.


outdoor fireplace


Utilize Beautiful Landscaping

Trees, plants, flowers, and stonework can change the look and feel of your backyard and is a cost-effective way to transform your space. The options are endless and you will have the opportunity to pick and choose your favorite plants and landscape elements to transform your backyard.


Beautiful landscape design


Any of these options are sure to make your backyard the oasis of your dreams. Take the time to research different layouts and options others have used. Work with a specialist who can give you advice about what will work best in your yard and who can help you make your dreams a reality. Universal Screens is here to help with your outdoor oasis needs, and we can help ensure your space is private, peaceful and bug free. Contact us today to talk about your options.