Do you ever visit your very own oasis in your imagination? You know the one: A babbling brook, the tranquil pond for summer swimming, greenery as far as the eye can see, maybe some rolling hills, and a lot of flowers.
Before you let out that sigh and relegate your oasis to dream status, take a look at how attainable this dream could be.
Gene Freeman, co-owner and Vice President of Complete Landsculpture, explains exactly what is meant by a Complete Outdoor Oasis.
So how does one go about creating their Complete Outdoor Oasis? By following these six steps, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying an oasis without the need of an airplane.
1) First, you’ll want to determine what purpose you’re trying to fulfill with your outdoor space. Are you looking for a quiet spot for relaxation? An entertainment center for all your friends? Or more of an intimate entertainment space for your family? Taking time to plan how you want to use your space now will ensure that you get the most out of your renovations.
2) An outdoor kitchen is a key component of all outdoor oases. A kitchen can expand the functionality of your home into your backyard. When planning your oasis, make sure to consider whether you want your outdoor kitchen to be the centerpiece of your backyard experience, or more of a side note.
3) Water features are a great way to add relaxation to your oasis while drowning out other outside noises such as that pesky freeway. When considering water features, decide whether you want to add something simple like a bubbling pot, or whether you want to completely transform your backyard with a pool, or even ponds and streams.
4) What’s an oasis without a cool, refreshing body of water? The addition of a swimming pool really brings the entire oasis feel together. When thinking about adding a pool, make sure to spend some time considering where you would want your pool to be located and what function you’re looking for. If children frequent your house, a slide might be a great upgrade. Partially submerged glass tile chase loungers are great for keeping cool while getting some sun on summer days. And, since it isn’t always summer, pool heater/chiller units can make sure that your pool is always the temperature you want it.
5) With some outdoor lighting and illumination, you don’t need to head indoors when the sun goes down. With properly installed lights, your oasis is transformed into a totally new scene.
6) Finally, you’ll need to tie in all of these various elements into one cohesive outdoor oasis. This is where traditional landscaping is key. As Gene said, green space ties in and softens harder construction areas. Allowing your greenery to come to the edge of your pool helps blend the hard edges of concrete into the soft greenery.
By: Wylee Wooldridge