Imagine, after a long day at work, you come home to unwind and step into your backyard, which you have transformed into your own private retreat. Turning your backyard into a retreat is easier than you might think, and you can do it yourself on a budget. Here are a few ways you can begin to transform your yard with faux stone.
Add Some Foliage
Depending on the type of retreat you want, you can get plants and flowers to match your theme accordingly. If you want to add some new planters to your yard or jazz up some of your old planters, you can use faux stone to give them a unique look that matches your home and theme.
To create your own faux stone planter, you just need to get a square planter, preferably one with straight right-angled sides, because that makes it easiest to install your GenStone.
Create or Update Your Gazebo
The gazebo is a timeless part of making a yard look beautiful and relaxing. If you already have an old gazebo that you want to spruce up, you can add faux stone to the columns to give it an updated look without adding the amount of bulk to it that adding natural stone would do. If you do not have a gazebo, it can be built for a reasonable price if you are a DIYer, and you can add stone veneer to it. You can also add some ivy or hanging plants to the gazebo to go with the theme you select for your private backyard retreat.
Add a New Water Feature
A fountain or pond is a great way to make a backyard into a retreat. Fox Decor has a wide variety of fountains available, both big and small, that would be an excellent addition to any yard, no matter what theme you are going with. If you want to add a new water feature to your yard, Fox Decor can help you do so on a budget.
If you decide to go with a pond instead of a fountain, you can line the edge of the pond or the walls surrounding it with faux stone, giving it a great look without the hassle or price of natural stone. You can also design the faux stone to cover up any electrical cords or the water pump so that the unsightly becomes beautiful.
Backyard Fire Pit or Fireplace
Adding a fire pit or fireplace to your backyard retreat can give you somewhere to gather with friends and roast marshmallows and to keep you warmer when the weather gets chilly, allowing you to use your yard retreat for more of the year. You can use stone or brick veneer to line the retaining wall for a firepit, making it look great. A fireplace can easily be surrounded by faux stone or brick veneer, giving it character.
Adding some soft lighting to your backyard retreat is another great way to make it more relaxing. You can string up some LED lights or find some relaxing lights to hang up to help you set the mood. Depending on the styles of lights you get, you can even use faux stone to accent them.
Add a Hot Tub
There are not many more relaxing things than a hot tub, which is why adding one to your backyard retreat is a great idea. You can string up lights over it to illuminate the tub at night and add some foliage to set the mood. Then, you can finish off the look by adding faux stone to the base or the walls around it.
Pools are also a great way to relax, but they are much more expensive to install and maintain than a hot tub is. They also take up more space, so depending on the size of your yard, it may not be a viable option for you.
If you want to have an atmosphere for your backyard of a resort, adding a small bar to a corner of your yard can be a great way to achieve it. You can keep it simple and make it a dry bar, or you can make it a full wet bar. You can even add a little grill station to it to make it a full entertainment station. It is perfect for relaxing on a Friday night with a few friends, or even by yourself. Stone veneer can be used to line the bar for you, giving it a more natural look and feel and make it uniquely yours.
About the Author
Auz Burger is a freelance writer who specializes in faux stone and brick veneer and home DIY projects. She has a BA from Washington State University and has been writing and editing professionally for 11 years.