Summer is right around the corner - is your backyard ready for afternoon BBQs with the family and evenings socializing with friends around a fire pit? If not, there’s still time to show your backyard some TLC. Here are some backyard addition ideas that will add enjoyment to your life during the warm summer days through cool fall evenings. 

Deck or Patio

If you’re struggling where to start with designing your backyard, remember the best backyards have a “chill area.” Start by making your outdoor space an extension of your home, an expression of your style, and an area for you and your guests to relax. A patio or deck automatically upgrades your backyard space and provides a perfect space for family dinners, a barbecue with friends or a night around the bonfire roasting s’mores. If you decide to sell your home, a deck addition gives you up to a 72 percent return on investment, according to Remodeling's Cost vs. Value 2020 report.

Decorate Your Space

Make the most of your new outdoor space with furniture and accessories. For a lovely dinner under the stars, add a bench and table set. If chilling with friends and few beverages is more your style, consider a few loungers and side tables. Or to make your deck or patio a true extension of your living space, choose a comfy sofa or chairs and a coffee table. Go all out with a statement piece, such as an outdoor propane fire table for extra ambiance. 

Stone Pathway

Lay a path to your outdoor sanctuary with a natural stone pathway. This addition adds some charm, unique design, and a rustic feel to your backyard landscape. Natural stone comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and textures making it the perfect complement for any style and design taste. Don’t need a pathway? Consider stone for a grill island, fireplace, or other outdoor structure. 

Outdoor Structures

Welcome guests to summer (or fall) sanctuary by putting arbors at the entrance to your backyard. Add a personal touch by decorating them with your favorite vines or flowers. Or consider the versatile pergola. Pergolas are perfect for providing a distinctive outdoor area, privacy from the neighbors, and shade from the summer heat. But most importantly, a pergola creates an ideal gathering space for entertaining your family and friends all day long from mid-day BBQs to evening cocktails. 


Enjoy charming evenings in your outdoor space by installing lighting. From accent lighting on your steps to moon lighting in your landscaping, well-designed lighting installations can enhance your outdoor living experience. Adding lights across your pergola, deck, or patio help create a living area you and your guests can enjoy well into the evening hours.

Gone are the days of a simple mulched yard with clean lines. Today’s homeowners are looking for more ways to extend their outdoor living spaces by creating an oasis to entertain and unwind. See for yourself the beauty and charm that a new outdoor project can have on your property! Give the design professionals at A.M. Woodland Outdoor Design a call at 847-224-2167 (IL) / 262-287-7600 (WI) to schedule an appointment today!