Winter and spring weather in the Utah can be quite unpredictable, which can make the long, sunny days of summer a welcome arrival. And where better to relax and enjoy the season’s warmth than in your own backyard?

To make the most of the wonderfully warm spring and early-summer weather, think about ways you can enhance your outdoor living spaces for maximum comfort and usability. Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

Clean everything. Spring probably left a layer of pollen everywhere, so take the time to wipe off your patio furniture, sweep the floors and knock loose any cobwebs that accumulated to make your space as inviting as possible.

cleaning terrace with a power washer - high water pressure cleaner on wooden terrace surface

 

Install or upgrade your outdoor lighting. The days are growing longer, but it’s nice to be able to linger outside even after the sun sets. Putting in some strategically placed yard lights is a simple do-it-yourself project that lets you take advantage of every possible moment outdoors.

Four people dining in yard at dusk

 

Put in a firepit. Is there anything better than summer nights spent sitting around a fire, roasting marshmallows and telling stories? Buy a ready-made firepit or build your own, surround it with comfortable seating and you’re ready for company.

Beautiful backyard at twilight that includes a pizza oven and fire pit.

 

Add a water feature. Whether it’s a bubbling fountain or an elegant koi pond, a water feature provides soothing sounds and visual interest to your outside living space.

Beautifully landscaped waterfall and koi pond.