7 ways to update your outdoor living space

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Oct 16, 2019, 9:22 AM | Updated: Oct 23, 2019, 1:00 am


In Arizona’s year-round warm weather, the design of your yard can mean the difference between avoiding going outside and enjoying all the seasons in a space you love.

Upgrading may seem like a chore, but think of it as a chance to personalize your yard in a way that will make you happy. It could involve bringing in ideas from a place you stayed on your last vacation, imitating examples you’ve seen online or coming up with your own unique plan.

Here are a few ideas to get you started designing your ideal outdoor living space.

Upgrade entertainment areas

Your backyard entertainment options are limited only by your imagination, and they’re not just for kids. Adding your own bocce ball court or sand volleyball court, for instance, could give you and your family years of fun. Take ideas from Hawkeye Custom Landscaping, which has installed putting greens, drought resistant green sitting areas, gazebos and swimming pools throughout the Maricopa County area.

Build a firepit or BBQ grill

No outdoor space is complete without somewhere to enjoy open-air cooking. The sky is the limit when it comes to designing a firepit or barbecue area that works for your family and lifestyle. Consider how many people you want to be able to invite for parties, where the best view is in your yard, and the proximity to your house or other yard features.

Install travertine pavers

Changing up your space with travertine pavers will improve your outdoor aesthetic and help in wet weather. Travertine, a type of limestone, comes in many sizes and patterns, so you can choose what fits your style. Because it absorbs water, it’s naturally non-slip, making it great for pool areas, porches near sprinklers and, frankly, anywhere that rain hits. It stays cool and does not break down over time, like other materials.

Replace grass with synthetic turf

Cut out the lawn mowing and the watering by replacing grass with synthetic turf that stays green year-round with little maintenance. Brushing it every month and promptly removing leaves or other debris will keep your yard looking pristine, even during the hot summer months.

Add water features

A water feature adds a cooling element to your yard that even shade can’t duplicate. Ponds, fountains, water statues and waterfalls are all attractive options. You could also add a birdbath if you’d like to offer a cool refreshment to visiting birds and squirrels.

Put in an outdoor kitchen

Take your outdoor eating experience to the next level by installing a kitchen. Doing so lets you prepare, grill and eat your food all in the same space, and it keeps the enjoyment of cooking over an open fire. Outdoor entertaining is also more fun because you can interact with your guests while preparing food at the same time.

Introduce more lighting

Summertime in Maricopa County means you may spend more time outside in the evening, instead of during the day, to avoid the heat. Adding or upgrading lighting makes it possible to stay outside longer and improves the ambience of your existing features.

When picking a landscape contractor to create the perfect outdoor living space, check the Registrar of Contractors to see if a contractor is in good standing and has a positive reputation. You can also read online reviews and Better Business Bureau listings, and ask your neighbors about contractors they’ve had good experiences with.

Get more ideas for your outdoor upgrade by checking out the Hawkeye Custom Landscaping website and calling to talk to an experienced landscaping contractor.


About Hawkeye Custom Landscaping –

Since 1992, Hawkeye Landscaping, inc. Has been a family owned and operated landscaping company serving the Maricopa County area. Kelly started this company over 22 years ago as a sole proprietor. His wife, Julie, joined the team in 1996. Their fifteen year old son, Connor, also contributes to the business through creating pictures and videos. These days, you might even have seen one of our trucks around the valley. Over the years, we’ve grown a quality team who share the vision of serving others. Our goal has been and will always be building lasting relationships with our clients. Please take the time to learn more about us!

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7 ways to update your outdoor living space