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Making the Most of Your Outdoor Spaces

Your yard is an extension of your home, which means it can incorporate some exciting amenities that transform how you engage with the outdoors. Creative Environments specializes in crafting one-of-a-kind outdoor environments that play on function, design, and, of course, nature.

Choosing the right outdoor amenities for your home may feel overwhelming, but there are some popular choices that can provide a good structure for your own design ideas. These features can transform any outdoor space into a more relaxing and rejuvenating environment. Rather than relying solely on lawn furniture, you can incorporate functional pieces that give your backyard newfound purpose. Here are some of our favorite suggestions for redesigning your backyard:

Outdoor Kitchens

You don’t need a lot of space to craft a beautiful outdoor kitchen. From fresh-roasted veggies to your favorite steak, a nice grill, mini-fridge, and durable counter space can be all you need to start enjoying the best of outdoor dining.

Of course, you don’t have to stop with cooking. If you are a mixologist-at-heart, then a personal bar and wine cooler to whip up your favorite cocktails could be the perfect addition to your outdoor space.

Outdoor kitchens are also a wonderful way to enhance dining and entertaining friends and family. Seating may include a large table beneath a shaded pergola, or a screened patio cover that keeps summer mosquitos and curious bees at bay.

Personal Gardens

Gardening is a beloved pastime that also enhances your backyard. Professional landscape designers like the Creative Environments’ team can help you start to build your own mini-oasis. From desert-inspired hardscapes to blooming flower beds and vegetable gardens, there are plenty of opportunities to breathe new life into your backyard.

Gardens do not have to be high maintenance, either. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can incorporate native plants that grow well on their own and add beauty to your yard.

Adding some pathways, stones, and lighting fixtures will warm the space and tie both nature and design together.


The she-shed is a feminine response to the typically masculine tool shed. The she-shed is a woman’s refuge, filled with whatever her heart desires. You may transform yours into a personal art studio, gardening shed, yoga space, or meditation room. It could simply be a place filled with comfortable furniture and warm tones to induce relaxation.

Just as a “man cave” can be taken to the next level with luxury features, a she-shed can also incorporate some indulgent elements. Whether it’s a plush bed with soft blankets, a home spa, or a personal library, this is a fun way to add a personal touch to your backyard space.

Outdoor Showers 

After a dip in the pool, why not rinse off in your own outdoor shower? These may be situated in nature, but they don’t have to compromise privacy or comfort. With enclosures available in an array of textures, colors, and finishing options, you can craft an outdoor shower space that is both invigorating and stylish.

Your outdoor shower can be standalone or wall-mounted, depending on the layout of your home and yard. By expanding the space surrounding the shower, you can create a hassle-free pool cleanup station that makes enjoying sunny days outdoors even better.

Outdoor Lounge Areas

Lounge areas are a perfect way to entertain more outdoors and improve your comfort. Surround yourself with beautiful hanging lights, line pathways with lanterns, and incorporate the comfiest outdoor furniture for both day gatherings and long nights.

Whether you like to relax in a hammock, lounge on a daybed, or gather around a sunken fire pit, there is no limit to design potential in an outdoor lounge area.

What’s better is that you do not need any special fixtures or a large space to make your lounge area enjoyable. Even small backyard lounges can feel spacious with the right layout. An expert can weigh in and help you craft a space that feels both inviting and revitalizing.

With the inclusion of scene-setting plants and natural elements, any backyard can become a personal haven.

If you would like to start exploring your backyard design options in the greater Phoenix area, we would love to work with you. Please click here to send us a message or call Creative Environments at (480) 777-9305.

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