Creating a Backyard Retreat

Transform your backyard into a low-maintence paradise with the help of outdoor specialists looking to cater towards your personal needs.

By Lindsay Oliver

New Englanders certainly appreciate the arrival of warm weather months after the long, cold winter season, which leaves many of us craving sunlight and the exquisite freshness of the outdoors. Spending time in beautiful, natural environments restores us.

By adding a few essential, low-maintenance backyard accents to your outdoor space this summer, you can transform your yard into a new favorite retreat; one that allows for peace, relaxation and the simple joy of entertaining family and friends.

This backyard beauty from Cape Cod Aquatics takes up little square footage.

This backyard beauty from Cape Cod Aquatics takes up little square footage.

Take a dip

Whether your home is located right on the beach or not, adding a pool or hot tub can completely transform your experience of your backyard. “Not everyone has waterfront property, so we like to say that we can bring the water to you,” says Jim Treese, owner of Cape Cod Aquatics Pools and Hot Tubs in Harwich, a company that specializes in building fiberglass pools and sells industry-leading San Juan fiberglass pools, Jacuzzis and Nordic hot tubs. “Many new customers these days are looking for smaller, more manageable dip pools, rather than the larger pools,” he says.

Treese recommends fiberglass pools because they are the most durable, energy-efficient and maintenance-free pools out on the market. “I only do fiberglass,” he confesses. “It is the best material hands down.” Fiberglass is more permanent than concrete and vinyl, he says, and does not require the maintenance necessary to keep those other materials in great condition.

Cape Cod Aquatics has more than 80 pool models in all shapes, sizes and colors. Not only will the color not fade over time, but fiberglass pools are resistant to algae and can be installed quickly.  For this reason, fiberglass pools are great for the busy homeowner, according Michele Treese, who helps run the business with her husband Jim.

A classic fence from Bennett Fence and Arbor offers style and definition.

A classic fence from Bennett Fence and Arbor offers style and definition.

Fence it in

looking for first, whether it’s a fence for a swimming pool or a garden, a fence for a dog, or an accent fence with an arbor for a grand yard entrance or for curb appeal.”

Bennett’s family-run business offers privacy, picket, board and lattice, and rail fences, as well as arbors, pergolas and shower enclosures. These come in a broad range of materials, including vinyl, aluminum and white cedar.

“A lot of people are choosing to use Azek for their fencing, which is a solid vinyl composite that looks like wood but is stain and weather-resistant. We even have people replacing their deck railings with Azek when they’re doing backyard remodeling, because it’s so cost-effective.” The fences come in a variety of colors, so you can choose the one that best complements your yard. Fencing can create a very cozy, comforting feel to your home and add a beautiful finish to your backyard oasis.

Low-maintenance lounging

Outdoor dining and living options from Paine's Patio.

Outdoor dining and living options from Paine’s Patio.

After examining the environment and wind conditions, Doug Shearer, owner of Paine’s Patio in Pocasset, asks customers how -weight or maintenance free they would like their outdoor furniture to be.
Paine’s Patio offers outdoor furniture in aluminum, wrought aluminum, teak, wicker and Envirowood.  For example, the company’s Seaside Casual collection, a traditional style with modern materials, uses Envirowood, a quality high-density plastic made from recycled bottles and containers and permeated with UV-stabilized pigments throughout. It looks like traditional painted wood, but doesn’t require the maintenance.

Outdoor-living_dept.-story_sum_12_paines-patioShearer recommends the Lane Venture line of outdoor upholstery for those interested in full, luxuriant pieces that are weather resistant. Available in a variety of colors, WeatherMaster and Sunbrella fabrics, Lane Venture products range from dining sets to occasional seating. Shearer sums up: “It’s beautiful furniture like what you might find in a living room, but it can take the abuse of the sun and moisture.”

You don’t have to compromise beauty and comfort to create a low-maintenance backyard retreat. With the right durable, easy-to-maintain, weather-resistant materials, you can free up more time to spend lounging with the family in a backyard that is all your own.

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