Bought a Vacation Home? Here’s How to Wake Up the Backyard!

    Have you recently picked up a vacation property after years of renting one? While many families rent vacation properties for their excursions, you may have decided to take the plunge and purchase another residence where you and yours can spend time when vacationing.

    One way you can improve the usefulness of your second home is by making changes to the outdoor space. Yes, the inside rooms are critical. But why not consider the exterior as well?

    For instance, setting up an outdoor kitchen will provide a place to enjoy meals with loved ones and entertain people you meet at their vacation destination. It’s a way to increase your second home’s usable square footage.

    Continue reading to check out some ways you can improve the outside of your vacation property.


    According to one source, vinyl siding can last between 20 years and 60 or more years. So, siding can last a long time. But if the siding on your newly purchased vacation home needs to be replaced, you might want to invest in getting it changed. Investing in siding means you’ll likely never have to worry about that again — so it’s worth considering. It will transform your residence’s exterior and give it a new lease on life.

    Outdoor Kitchen

    Do you like spending time outdoors with family on your vacation property? Do you have friends and acquaintances who live near your vacation property? One way you can entertain people is by investing in an outdoor kitchen. It’s a good idea to look into different outdoor kitchen ideas to find the right set-up for your property.

    You might be surprised at what’s available. When it comes to setting up an outdoor kitchen, you can go with the basics or you can go all out. Do you want an outdoor kitchen with everything you have in your indoor kitchen? You can do so. That means getting a grill, seating area, counter, sink with running water, storage, and more. But you can also get the basics if that’s what you want. The goal is to turn your outdoor space into an area that’s more useful.

    Patio Cover

    If you’re going to invest in an outdoor kitchen, why not add a patio cover? Without a patio cover over your back deck, you’ll be at the mercy of the weather. If it rains, you’ll need to go inside. But a patio cover means you, your family, and your guests will be able to spend time outdoors regardless of whether it’s raining or not. Mother Nature won’t rain on your parade.


    It’s also a great idea to build a playground for your kids. Consider adding swings, slides, a sandbox, and other equipment where your kids can have fun in a safe environment. Who wants their kids to spend all their time indoors playing video games or staring at their tablet screens? A vacation is for so much more than that. Setting up an outside backyard will provide a way to get your kids outside for needed physical activity, fresh air, and wholesome recreation.

    Fire Pit

    Another way you can enhance the exterior of your property is by adding a fire pit. You and yours can spend time outside sitting around the fire pit. Whether you want to talk, share stories or roast marshmallows is up to you. But it’ll add to the exterior aesthetics of your backyard and provide another way to bring your loved ones together.

    Swimming Pool

    Do you and your family enjoy swimming? If your vacation property isn’t located near any bodies of water and you don’t want to take your loved ones to a public pool, why not add a swimming pool to your vacation property? Of course, you’ll need to have enough backyard space to accomplish this. But adding a pool will increase the value of your home and provide an excellent way for your family to cool off when it’s hot outside and enjoy some fun recreation without having to leave the property.

    These are just a few ways to improve the outdoor space on your vacation property. While you can do many other things, these recommendations will give you some ideas. The goal is to ensure your vacation property is all it can be to ensure a great time for you and your family. It makes sense to consider how you can do that with your home away from home.

    I have spent the past 15 years in the travel industry. Today focused on promoting different ways of traveling, I'm in the process of creating few travel websites, which will be launched shortly. I have a great passion for travel and the travel industry. My goal here atTtripOutlook is to connect to other proffessionals in the travel industry and to exchange experience.

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