Creating the perfect backyard can be challenging, but it’s a great opportunity to be creative and put all your ideas into action. Creating a beach-themed backyard will provide a wonderful space for entertaining guests and kicking back to enjoy the summer sun.
So, let’s look at some ways to put ideas into action.
You can’t have a beach without sand. Can you imagine feeling pure smooth sand beneath your feet whilst sipping a margarita? Yep, so can we but how does it work in a backyard?
Firstly, identify an area that you want to dedicate to filing with sand. Ideally, it will be situated near your decking or patio. Mark where you want it to start and end and use fabric to secure the area. You can buy landscape fabric that is heavy-duty and secure the area with clips. You can then create a border or edging using stones or larger rocks. Then simply fill with sand. The kids will love it, but you can also use it to enjoy a sandy oasis.
If you want a larger area of sand then consider adding it to the soil that surrounds your space. If you go for this option it’s important to remember that certain flowers and plants will not grow well in sandy soil so be sure to research this option before making your final decision.
Lighting has always been a crucial part of creating an ambience and atmosphere whether inside or out. There are many budget ways to transform your backyard into an oasis of calm and relaxation.
If you’ve spent some time on the beach after dark you’ll know you can often see lots of twinkling lights from nearby towns or passing ships. Why not recreate this by hanging lanterns on trees and tiki torches around edges. You could even use solar-powered lighting around the sand area for a cost-effective and eco-friendly choice.
3. Fire Pits
A wonderful part of spending time on a beach is after dark with a roaring fire. The unique combination of the elements, fire, and water makes us feel alive and relaxed in equal measure. Purchasing a fire pit, or making one, is a great way to recreate the positive vibe of beach fires.
If you choose to make your own fire pit you won’t be disappointed. It’s a fairly simple process and won’t take too much time. Choose an area away from the main house. Mark out how big you want the pit with rocks. You can then look up some handy YouTube videos to assist you and find out what materials you will need.
If making a fire pit seems like far too much trouble then why not search online and buy one that will fit in with your backyard theme.
You may think that installing a pool in the backyard is the ultimate luxury and yes, there are some impressive and expensive pools to be had. But there are also budget options and other ways to get water flowing in the backyard if there’s not enough room for a full size pool.
A splash pool is a great alternative to a full-sized pool and is more substantial than a paddling pool. You can easily install a pool from anything that measures 10 feet (ca. 3 m) by 10 feet (ca. 3 m) or smaller with the right design.
Depending on the type of the area a splash pool can be rectangular or circular. If you place it near the sand you will get a true beachy feeling. Jazz it up by adding some mosaic tiles around the edge or unique water features. Add a tropical twist with big green plants and colorful flowers. Throw in some water floats and lilos and drift around with your favorite summer drink. Bliss!
What do you think of when you think of a cabana? That’s it, a luxurious all-inclusive resort. So why not bring some of that luxury home with a homemade cabana to impress your friends. Making your own cabana is less expensive.
A simple way of making a cabana is to cut a piece of material to the relevant size and hang it over a wooden frame. Then place some deck chairs underneath, pop your sun hat on and you’ll never know you’re in your backyard!
If you want something more substantial then why not get a pergola put up. Place it by the pool for a little shade and something to sit under whilst dipping your feet in the cooling water.
Pergolas are pretty simple, you can purchase a pergola kit that comes complete with all materials and instructions, or if the budget allows, get a professional to build it for you.
6. Bar/Outside Dining
Who doesn’t love a beach bar? Nothing quite says ‘lazy day on the beach’ like an accessible bar to make your favorite drinks. There is no end to ideas when it comes to outdoor features such as bars and dining.
How about a Tiki Bar in the backyard? Check out our Tiki Backyard Ideas Post
If you live in an area that enjoys sunshine all year round and al fresco dining is a way of life you could consider installing a complete outside kitchen. However, this comes at a price and should be carefully researched to get it right.
Bars are more accessible and range from simple designs to more elaborate. You can even make a bar with some old pallets if you’re handy with a drill.
7. Colors And Accessories
To finish off your beach extravaganza add some color to your beach theme. Add in some nautical colors such as blues, yellows, pinks, and greens. Add cushions for comfort and texture and get creative with your dining table and chairs.
You could add some tropical-themed parasols and add rungs to decking areas and patios (be sure to bring them in at night in case of rain). Be sure to invest in some comfy loungers, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor and have a doze in your beautiful beach-themed backyard.
So, there you have it, some great ideas to make the perfect backyard that you can’t wait to spend time in.
For more inspiration check our post on Tropical Backyard Ideas