The year 2020 took us by surprise. As the global pandemic continued its way into 2021, many households had no choice but to make do with their four walls and get creative. Those who planned vacations had to put their sunny destinations on hold. They were left to come up with alternative solutions for an at-home vacation, also known as “staycation.” Although there is hope for normality and a brighter future, some individuals may feel more comfortable at home, regardless of lifted restrictions. Therefore, landscaping professionals must be prepared to help create and implement “vacation-like” elements for homeowners. Landscaping professionals and landscaping contractors can help turn plain backyards into an oasis with these top landscaping ideas for the perfect staycation.
Water and Fire
Water and fire features are the perfect additions to create a “vacation-like” atmosphere.
Some ideas for a water feature may include a pool, hot tub, waterfall, or pond (koi pond). Many water features can be made to fit yards on a small or large scale. Natural stones are the optimal choice to mimic a naturally existing water feature that you would typically see on vacation. Some excellent options are large granite boulders, flagstone, elite blue granite waterfall rock, and Wiarton waterfall rock. At FSI Landscape Supply, we recommend choosing the appropriate stone according to its natural placement within the environment. For example, naturally, large granite boulders would not be found in a pond. Therefore, large granite boulders are an excellent choice for a waterfall. Flagstone is developed within still waters, making it the perfect choice for a pond.
Fire features create a tropical ambience while producing enough warmth to enjoy the outdoors comfortably at night. When planning on constructing a fire element such as a fire pit, contacting local authorities to ensure you are following the region’s regulations is highly recommended. The fire pit or fire element should be placed 10 feet or more away from potential hazards (such as home, shed, trees, and bushes.) Consider adding a water or fire feature for some tranquility, elegance, and fun.
One of the many luxuries of a vacation resort is the ability to enjoy the property and outdoor elements at any time. Outdoor lighting can encourage the way you use your outdoor space. For example, with proper lighting, you will have the ability to enjoy meal preparation and dining under the night sky. Landscaping professionals and landscaping contractors may implement outdoor lighting in common gathering areas, walkways, pathways, and surrounding property. Lighting features can also be used to highlight particular features such as garden beds, water features, lawn ornaments, or décor. Aesthetics, practicality, and functionality, there are many benefits for implementing outdoor illumination.
Natural stone patio
Lastly, implementing a natural stone patio is a great way to encourage a “vacation-like” ambience. Many combinations of landscaping materials on a vacation resort are used to create luxurious surroundings, especially for common areas, such as dining, drinking, fun outdoor activities, or lounging. On a vacation resort, a lush green lawn is typically meant to host tropical garden beds. Therefore, if the goal is to replicate a vacation resort, combining a lush green lawn and natural stone can assist that creation. Flagstone or limestone are great options as they are durable, and both offer a polished look. Natural stone provides unique charm and will transform any landscape with its various design and colour options. Implementing a natural stone patio will provide the perfect surface for an outdoor kitchen, dining area, or patio furniture and décor.
Implementing water features, fire features, outdoor lighting, and a stone patio will most definitely assist in creating an oasis for any staycation.