Tag : getaways
Tag : getaways
Most of us long to turn our backyard into a place where family and friends love to gather, whether it be for dining out under the stars or sitting around the firepit making s’mores and conversation. All you need is a level area paved or decked is bestgarden that allows safe and easy passage between house and landscape and extends the floor of your house outside. Easy access to your kitchen always helps.
right • In one tiny space, this urban backyard has it all: close proximity to the kitchen, privacy from neighbors, and a beautiful focal point that draws the eye toward the middle of lush gardens.
above • Inviting chairs set around a firepit on this clean-lined terrace are an extension of the indoor living room.
above • In this urban courtyard corner, a sweet seating area is nestled under the umbrella of a whit birch. The high
walls provide privacy as well as a clinging surface for lush greenery that adds to the romance.
Your backyard landscape is not only ideal for gathering; it also can provide the perfect spot for getting away. Finding a cozy corner to hang a hammock, place a bench, or set out a chaise longue creates a place to stop all activity and just kick back and relax. Even better, locate your getaway where you’re shaded beneath a leafy bough or nestled up against a perimeter wall or high fence, or find a spot for an arbor or pergola sized just for an intimate two. Even in the tiniest yard, creating a spot that feels somewhat remote yet not too far from the action offers the delightful adult daydreaming place we all deserve.
above • A large property can enjoy multiple contemplative destinations, especially when there’s a lovely pond to behold. This teak bench is strategically placed to take in the view.
left • A hemp hammock offers repose in a corner of the garden. Even if you rarely end up using it, it’s great to know it’s there.
above • Sometimes a little outbuilding can be turned into the perfect getaway. Here, a winding stepping stone path leads to a rustic bedroom nestled in the forest.
We all know the many benefits of outdoor play, which include being active, collaborative, and imaginative. Now more than ever, our backyard landscapes need to draw kids outside so they can get away from computer and television screens and into nature once more. Play spaces can be simple or elaborate, depending on budget, imagination, and inclination. You may choose to create a fairy-tale tree house, tempting hobbit hole, or simple sandbox . . . but if you don’t, children will create their own from a low-hanging tree branch, the crawlspace under some overgrown shrubs, or a small muddy spot behind the garage. Just as old-time gardeners used to leave an untended corner for the fairies, make sure to leave a place in your yard for imaginative play. And remember that play is not just for children.
top right • This small backyard has just enough soft lawn space for kids to practice their headstands and somersaults. Adults can easily watch from the deck.
bottom right • This driveway offers space level and large enough for an indoor/outdoor ping-pong table. When folded up, it wheels right into the garage for storage.
above • This open platform built around a tree allows many kinds of physical play to happen in one place. A climbing rope, a hammock, a hauling bucket, and even a hopscotch court add to the fun of having a tree house in your own backyard.
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