May 16, 2016

3 Ways to Optimize Backyard Patio Designs for Entertainment

Spring is here. The sky is blue. And before long, garden soirees, pool parties, and backyard barbeques will be consuming weekends and late summer nights, as warm weather revelers take to their lawns for some fun in the sun.

For many homeowners and party hosts, the patio often becomes the de facto base of operations for backyard festivities, serving up food, drink, and socialization to guests when they’re not spiking volleyballs or splashing in the pool.

If your patio has become a go-to for get-togethers, be sure to make the most out of what the space offers. Backyard patio designs can be optimized for entertainment in a number of ways, and a professional landscape designer can help make your most cinematic dreams a reality.

Shed some light on the subject

Create a memorable atmosphere with dramatic lighting. From globe or string patio lights that create a subdued, ethereal environment, to solar lamps and walkway lighting, illumination is an integral component for any backyard bistro or weekend getaway. Consider low-voltage options, or add a dimmer to control high voltage lamps to strike the proper mood.

Heat things up

Nothing captures the imagination quite like glowing embers, a thin wisp of smoke stretching to the sky, and the deep smell of snapping and popping firewood on a cool autumn evening or a dwindling summer night while surrounded by kindred spirits. A fire pit has an uncanny way of drawing friends and family together for warmth and fellowship, while providing the means to a quick snack in the form of roasted marshmallows or hot dogs. Or consider a stainless steel grill – or, even better, an outdoor kitchen – for your patio area. Sure, boxed fried chicken and plastic tubs of potato salad work in a pinch, but imagine your guests’ delight when you don a chef’s hat and grill marinated kabobs to order.

Roll out the red carpet

Transform your back lawn into a virtual cinema. Outdoor, high-definition televisions are an ideal option for backyard patio designs. Built to withstand the elements with water-resistant coating and temperature controlling fans, outdoor televisions are also equipped with tinted screens and offer a brighter image to counteract the sun’s glare. If your budget does not allow for an outdoor unit, indoor televisions can also be adapted for patio use with a proper mount and cover. Placement is essential to ensure longevity, and a full-service landscape designer can help you shield your investment from the wind and rain so you can simply sit back and enjoy the show.



When optimizing backyard patio designs for entertainment purposes, homeowners are limited solely by the bounds of their imagination.  And practically any setup can be made possible with the help of a qualified professional landscaper.

For more than 35 years, McHale Landscape Design has been creating award-winning landscapes throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the Eastern Shore, and our signature design-build process makes every customer a part of the team. Contact us today.