Family sitting by the fire with a hot tub and hammock in the background.

10 Things Every Modern Backyard Needs

Your backyard isn’t just the plot of land hiding behind your house. It can also be your very own personal retreat from the daily grind, providing you with an enjoyable escape from day-to-day life. In this article, we’re going to cover the top 10 essential items you need for your backyard retreat and why.

1. A Cozy Hammock

There’s something incredibly appealing about hammocks, despite how simple they are. Or, perhaps, their simplicity is part of their appeal! All you need is a cold drink, a good book, and a hammock, and your afternoon really is complete.

2. A Toasty Firepit

No matter what time of the year it is, you can’t go wrong with a firepit. During the cooler months, you can gather around it with your friends and some hot cocoa. On a hot summer’s night, grab some marshmallows to make some s’mores. Either way, a firepit is the perfect addition to your backyard.

3. A Soothing Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Sundance® Spa

After a long day at work, you’ll want to make a beeline for your hot tub. Fire up those jets, slip into your swimsuit, and sink up to your chin in your own incredible Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Sundance® Spa. This is the perfect way to soak away all the tension in your body and reconnect with loved ones!

4. Plush and Comfortable Furniture

You don’t want to cut corners when choosing furniture for your backyard. You want something that’s not only comfortable for yourself and your guests to sit on, you’ll also want to make sure it’s built to withstand the elements. That way you can be sure you have high-quality furniture that’ll last you for years to come.

5. A Second Kitchen

Sometimes you just don’t want to do your cooking indoors. What’s the fun in that? Creating a second kitchen outdoors, whether you’re using a basic grilling set up or fancier getup, will put the enjoyment back into mealtimes.

6. Temperature Control 365 Days a Year

We’re known for our nice weather year-round, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t worry about your comfort when outdoors. When the weather gets hot, you’ll want an outdoor cooling system. When it cools off, you should set up some space heaters. By planning ahead, a little bit of cool weather won’t have to drive you indoors.

7. Low-Maintenance Landscaping

You want your backyard to look good, but you don’t want to spend all of your time out there trying to tame it. The solution? A low-maintenance, attractive landscaping solution. By choosing plants that need just a little bit of attention to keep alive, and letting natural features do the heavy lifting, such as fountains or artful stonework, you can have an easy and stunning backyard!

8. Relief from the Sun

It’s essential to not overlook the need for shade when spending time outdoors, especially in sunny Arizona. While a little bit of sunshine can be good for you, too much can quickly be bothersome. Make sure you set up some shade in your backyard, such as a covered gazebo, cantilever umbrella, pergola, or some tall trees to block out a good chunk of the dazzling sunlight!

9. Mosquito Control

Keeping mosquitoes at bay isn’t just to keep annoying pests out of your face when in your backyard, you’re also protecting yourself, your family and pets from dangerous diseases and pesky bites, too.

10. An Outdoor Theater System

Many of us have memories of going to the drive-in movies when we were kids. While these are falling out of popularity, you can recreate this experience with a backyard theater system. All you need is a projector and a screen to show your favorite movies and some comfortable seats to recline in. Of course, you shouldn’t forget the popcorn, either!

Backyard Living in Scottsdale

If you’ve been thinking about converting your basic, boring backyard into an enjoyable and exciting retreat, why not check out our blog for more inspiration? From the best hot tubs on the market to all of your outdoor grilling needs, we have everything you desire to transform your backyard.

Please visit our showroom here at Imagine Backyard Living in Scottsdale to see 5 full-size backyard living vignettes featuring our wide selection of backyard accessories, patio furniture, hot tubs, swim spas and outdoor kitchens. Our friendly sales team is excited to meet you and help you convert your boring backyard into a luxurious and inviting retreat!

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