Having been a licensed daycare provider for 10 years now I will say that my backyard belongs to the nine little people that I care for everyday. When my 11-hour day comes to an end I very much enjoy a relaxing evening with my husband and a glass of wine sitting outside and socializing with everyone that comes out in the summer after a long, cold winter.
My backyard is filled with cars, swings, slides, bikes, sandboxes, etc. It is a fun place but not a very relaxing place. We use a very small space alongside our front door with a small table and two chairs for our summertime outdoor relaxation spot. I have often thought of building a small deck in this area for our little table and chairs maybe removing a small tree for more space and adding some flowers but I really have no ideas on how to do this myself and finances right now will not allow. I would love even just some advice or plans on how to make this a more user friendly space so that we can get our summer on!
Transformation by RYCO Design Group
From the experts:
A busy home daycare provider has busy days in her backyard. She wants to unwind at the end of the day with her husband and get away from the chaos. A small front sitting space needs a little sprucing up to make it more inviting and comfortable.
• Expand brick paver space to include a portion of the drive. It will connect the two spaces together so the small sitting space will appear larger.
• Add a seatwall next to the patio space for extra seating for visitors. A column finishes off the wall with a spot to place a colorful planter of annuals.
• Low flowering shrubs and grasses are planted next to the patio space to bring texture and color to the landscape.