As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change color, many people find that they have a renewed sense of energy and motivation. Fall is the perfect time to get organized and create a functional home office. For those who prefer to work outdoors, an outdoor office is a perfect solution. By definition, an outdoor office is a workspace that is located outside of the home, typically in the backyard. This type of office can provide many benefits, including fresh air and natural light. In addition, an outdoor office can be customized to include activity zones for things like yoga or gardening. With a little planning, an outdoor office can be a functional and stylish space that enhances both productivity and creativity. Read on to learn how to set up a backyard office space.
How to set up a backyard office
Create activity zones
Consider what needs to happen in the backyard and map activity areas. A shady table can double as a home office, study zone, art table, or dining spot. A hammock or outdoor sofa can suffice for napping, reading, or studying. A patch of sturdy grass is perfect for sports, family games, and play. A fire pit offers cozy chairs for star gazing and socializing, while a grill near a seating area promises delicious meals. A wall, fence, or pergola may hold an outdoor movie screen for nighttime viewing. An herb or vegetable garden helps kids learn about science and nutrition while reaping the satisfaction of growing food for the table.
Factor functionality with purpose
Is there a quiet spot for conference calls? Or a shady spot that minimizes glare for online video meetings? Note where electrical outlets are and if an outdoor-rated extension cord will be needed to accommodate all of the electronics that may be used outside. Check wifi coverage and cell service in the yard and determine if there is enough comfortable seating.
Spruce up existing landscaping
Assess the backyard and do some basic “clean up.” Fix bare patches in the grass. Use a leaf blower to clean out flower beds. Prune bushes and trees. Cut the grass to a healthy height. Add a fresh layer of mulch around your trees and in flower beds. Freshen up by weeding, planting flower beds, and filling pots with colorful flowers and verdant plants.
Use plants and shrubs to hide unsightly items and control noise
Trees, shrubs, and bushes offer cover from neighbors, deliver shade, camouflage unsightly pool equipment, and air handlers, and tamp down the noise. Planters with flowers between seating and eating areas on a patio add visual interest and privacy. Shrubs and tall plants are a terrific privacy creator (and noise canceller for those conference calls).
Put the right plant in the right place
Choosing the right plants for the climate zone and for your lifestyle will create a backyard space that is attractive. It will also be easier to maintain and support pollinators and wildlife. Consider watering and sunlight or shade needs for any plants added. A hardy grass variety is more likely to hold up to pets and kids. Save delicate flowering plants for patio containers, and be sure to check out the ASPCA list of toxic plants to keep pets safe.
Invite the outdoors
Blending interior and outdoor living spaces help the backyard feel like an extension of the home. Open blinds and curtains to the yard. Use complementary indoor and outdoor décor in similar colors, materials, and styles to create a cohesive space. This enables everyone to transition seamlessly from indoor life to outdoor living.
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