Mar 13, 2015

One of the highlights of the Canadian homeowner's year is saying bye-bye to winter and hello to warmer weather and outdoor living. Want to make sure your first backyard bash leaves your guests in awe? Here's how:

Add some flare with interlocking - Adding interlocking stones to your outdoor design adds a clean, sleek finish to any yard. To really make it your own, experiment with different-sized stones and designs. Some of the more modern stone incorporates different stains and finishes, creating a fun twist on this classic accent.

Establish an entertaining area - Creating a designated entertaining area instantly makes your outdoor living space more welcoming. An easy way to create an entertaining area is to organize comfortable furniture around an engaging focal point, whether it's a low patio coffee table or an outdoor fireplace.

Explore natural materials - Incorporating features like a stone wall treatment or natural stone steps bring the feeling of the rugged outdoors to your home.

Create a vacation destination in your backyard - Creating an outdoor oasis will make every weekend a vacation. By including a few key elements like a wet bar, a few palm trees, and even a waterfall feature, your outdoor space will be the envy of the neighborhood.

If you're looking for more tips to create the backyard of your dreams, don't miss the Ottawa Home & Garden Show, March 26-29, at the EY Centre. With hundreds of local experts and professionals ready to help you with your next home improvement project, it's the home and garden event of the season. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook!