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Backyard Improvements for Outdoor Entertaining


Expand your hosting capabilities with a functional, attractive backyard where you can enjoy weekend barbecues, evening bonfires, outdoor movies, and so much more. By exploring usable space, you can take advantage of the property and add resell value to your home. Here are some backyard improvements you can make for outdoor entertaining:

Defined Space

Enclose the yard with a fence or latticework for a private space where pets and kids can run free. You can also expand indoor spaces by adding French doors that open to a brick patio or wood deck with weatherproof furniture. Add throw pillows or lay an outdoor rug for a pop of color.

Dining Experience

Some homeowners opt for a full outdoor kitchen complete with a mini refrigerator, grill, and sink. You can invest in a rustic table for dining and purchase a rolling cart for a drink bar, or simply add a fireplace where guests can gather around and make s’mores.


Build a shade structure like a pergola and hang curtains, a hammock, or a swing for a touch of charm. A cute shed, storage bench, and hose holder are convenient places to keep garden tools and kids toys tucked away when not in use. Deterrents like citronella candles can help keep the bugs at bay.

For entertainment, consider installing a swimming pool or spa. A putting green or a table with giant Jenga can be the perfect addition to entertain guests. You can also set up a projector, screen, and speaker system for outdoor movies.

Landscaping and Hardscaping

Hardscape features like paved pathways, a water fountain, container gardens, or retaining walls can act as a focal point, keep guests from walking on the grass, and help define property boundaries. As part of ongoing maintenance, trim trees and bushes, keep the lawn watered, and weed regularly to keep the space tidy.


Properly placed lighting can create an inviting, intimate atmosphere. Install solar powered lamps along paths, run hidden LED strips along deck steps and railings, string lights on the patio, pergola, or trees, place lanterns around seating areas, or shine uplighting on trees or walls to illuminate your backyard’s most charming features.

Iverson Homes can transform your outdoor living area to a usable space where you can enjoy the beautiful summer weather with family and friends. As an award-winning custom builder with talented real estate agents, we can help you design a new floorplan in one of our pristine neighborhoods or find your next home on the housing market. View our gallery for more information and contact us today.