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There’s something irresistible about vacations. We dream of strolling along sandy beaches, discovering hidden spots amid cobbled streets, or dining al fresco under a balmy star-lit sky. While flying off to your favourite far flung vacation spot might not be possible, there is a way for you to create a sense of relaxation and get-a way in your very own backyard.

Let your destination guide the style of your very own resort-style backyard

To twist an old saying, if you can’t make it to the mountain, bring the mountain to you.

Start with a few inspired accents to recreate your destination theme.

The Mediterranean Sea in your backyard

For example, add a vibrant colourful rug, and some large terracotta pots to your outdoor space to help create a Mediterranean feel. For inspiration, think of the famous country sides of France, Greece and Italy with their soft colours, bright tile patterns and drought-resistant plants. You can also add touches of turquoise blue to your patio furniture, pottery, and other decorative pieces to bring the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea to your backyard.

Colourful accessories in a mediterranean backyard style
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Summer staycation in a rocky desert

If you have more of a rugged earthy style in mind, you can tend toward woodsy elements and earth tones. Wood beams, stones and a fireplace help create a vacation-ready look.

Earthy style backyard for a summer staycation
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Beach oasis for a real backyard resort

And if a beach oasis is what you have in mind for your own backyard resort, soothing colours, sand instead of gravel, and a collection of seashells all go a long way to bringing the shore to the yard. And while you’re at it how about planting some long grasses to sway gently in the breeze while you lounge in your hammock.

Hammock in a beach-style backyard retreat

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Whatever style you have in mind, we’ll take the time to plan your backyard design first with you so you’ll be sure to get it right.

A true resort-style backyard allows you to dine and cook al fresco

The pleasure of a delicious meal while watching a colourful sunset, sounds like a vacation for most of us. Somehow, everything tastes better outside.

Cooking station right in the backyard

You can re-create this relaxed vacation vibe in your backyard by stepping up your BBQ and grill with an outdoor kitchen and dining area. The best outdoor kitchens provide enough room for food preparation, space and work surface for pots, crockery and utensils.

Module BBQ avec comptoir en granite

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Room for seating a few guests

Add a big outdoor table as well as other spots where you and your guests can perch for light bites and drinks. Just like on vacation!

Dining table in a resort-style backyard

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Custom-made or ready-made outdoor kitchen options for your backyard resort

Go as elaborate or modest or as fancy as you want. From building your own outdoor kitchen yourself, to buying a ready-made design, or paying a professional company to install high-end appliances, outdoor kitchens span a wide range and can be adjusted to most budgets. You can even add an outdoor wine fridge or sink, a wood-burning pizza oven, traditional patterned tile accents, and bistro-style fixtures and furniture to create your own version of a café-like getaway.

Custom-made outdoor kitchen for a real backyard retreat
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The right floor for your outdoor kitchen

Under your outdoor kitchen, think about installing a level hard surface outdoor floor like the paving on a concrete-made base. Not only will it keep your outdoor furniture and BBQ from sinking, but it can also create a natural flow from the inside of your home to the outside.

Level hard surface outdoor floor under a cooking station in the backyard
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Protect yourself from the sun like you’d do in any resort

Don’t forget to say no to the sun. Provide much-needed shade with a patio umbrella or add value to your space with a pergola, which you can dress up with cafe lights, billowy curtains, or even a chandelier.

Dining table under a pergola creating a backyard resort

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For a true summer staycation, allow plenty of room for lounging around

At every fancy resort and spa there’s a dreamy spot where guests can relax. Emulate this attitude by providing lots of comfy areas for people to put their feet up and relax.

Relax under the stars of your backyard resort

Adirondack chairs for gazing up at the night sky. A hammock for reading or indulging in a late-afternoon nap. Comfy sectionals for larger gatherings. We think about it all when designing your backyard.

Reading or nap area with adirondak chairs for a backyard resort

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Create a living room outside

You can also bring the indoors outside with rugs, coffee tables, cozy throws and plush accent pillows to create a lush and welcoming spot in your backyard. Unless you want to keep a constant eye on the weather, though, these elements work best if they are all outdoor-approved materials.

Outdoor living room for a resort-style backyard

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Nature as your backyard resort decor

Custom stone furniture solves the problem of having to choose outdoor-approved materials and will give you a fabulously designed unique space of your own. Benefits: little to no maintenance is required and there’s no wear and tear from the elements. Combine stone furniture with a unique view of your landscaping and you’ll never regret skipping the get-a-way.

Stones used to make a bench for a peaceful backyard retreat

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Enjoy your backyard retreat at night by turning the lights down low

Vacation days at a fancy resort don’t end when the sun comes down.

Lights and candles for a night out in your own resort

Bistro lights strung from your pergola, hurricane candles on the table and tea lights placed throughout your yard add a dreamy ambiance that wraps up your relaxing day in your personal oasis. Go high tech with professionally installed outdoor lights or keep things simple. Stringing up some fairy lights along your fence or in your trees plus a couple of inexpensive garden lamps help create a dreamy atmosphere.

The art of backlighting and uplighting

Another way to create warmth and ambiance? Backlighting and uplighting are excellent ways to add beauty and drama while highlighting your favourite garden areas or patio spots.

Whether you are enjoying a late dinner by yourself or entertaining guests, adding lighting lets you decide when the day and the party’s over.

Backyard retreat created with strategic lighting

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Gather around the fire: the focal point of your home resort

Remember singing kumbaya and melting smores when you were a kid at summer camp or the cottage? A great way to bring back those memories and add a stunning focal point to your home resort is with a fire pit, one that’s sure to draw friends and family together around its warm glow.

Versatile fireplace

An outdoor fireplace definitely brings a wow factor while adding value to your home. Along with providing heat, and extending your home resort’s season like the one we made here, some versions can be used for simple cooking, such as roasting a hotdog.

How much does an outdoor fireplace cost?

Costs range drastically due to size and materials. For gas and propane types, you’ll need a gas line installed. Also, you may need electrical lines installed for fans, outlets and kitchen appliances. Try this tool to see how much your outdoor fireplace would cost to build.

A simple fire pit or elaborate fireplace

You can build your own circular pit from landscaping stones or purchase a ready-made one from an outdoor garden supply store.

A fire pit or fireplace, either way after a long day with a glass of wine, some chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows, you’ll have the makings for the perfect relaxing evening under the stars. But for a unique addition to your home resort, make sure to first hire a landscape designer who is skilled in masonry.

Fireplace area in a resort-style backyard

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Don’t forget the fun in your summer staycation

Meaning don’t forget the kids when you’re planning your staycation retreat! Play houses, outdoor games and trampolines will keep your kids entertained for hours. Easy to install and sturdy, playsets come with enough equipment for hours of fun. Think of including a shady canopied clubhouse, play kitchens, slides, swings and monkey bars. And for added fun for everyone, add volleyball nets or a pop-up soccer net.

Why not add a splash pad?

If you’re looking for a safe way to stay cool and don’t have the space for a large swimming pool, a splash pad could be right for you. A splash pad is fun for kids during the day, and at night when the adults are ready to entertain, it makes a great water feature. They can also serve as a patio area when not in use.

Splash pad in the backyard for a summer staycation with the kids
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Ready for your resort-style backyard?

Without the hassle of packing and travelling, your backyard resort will give you an added perk to your staycation. You’ll skip the crowds, noise, and fees. You’ll come and go as you please, while you escape and unwind from the daily grind in your own backyard oasis.

This backyard resort dream can come true! Check out our previous projects to inspire you or meet with us to design your very own resort-style backyard!

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