If you’re like most folks in Southern California, your backyard is good, not great. You might enjoy a summer afternoon on your back porch, or lounge around on your lawn every so often, but something isn’t right—you’re dreaming of a better backyard.

While you want something better, you’re not sure what is possible with a backyard renovation. So where do you start? You start here, with the Simi Valley landscaping team at Swink’s Creations. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the possibilities for your backyard. Not every backyard has to be a patch of grass and a few lawn chairs—with a little imagination, you could have a backyard you’ll enjoy for years to come.

A Backyard Water Park

If you live in Southern California, you’re lucky enough to have amazing weather all year long—so why not enjoy it with your own backyard water park? A pool is a great place to bond with your family and kick back with your friends—but you’re not looking for a standard rectangular pool like your neighbors. You’re looking for something that’s one-of-a-kind—something that looks great and is fun for anyone who cares to take a dip.

There are plenty of options for a stunning swimming pool—maybe you need a pool with a custom “beach” where you can lounge and stay cool, or maybe you need a waterfall overhang that you can swim under to rinse off and refresh yourself. Or maybe you want the penultimate pool partner—a custom waterslide—so you and the kids can get your thrills any day of the year. There are plenty of ways to take your pool from boring to beautiful—just don’t forget to add a built-in hot tub to your pool area plans.

An Outdoor Kitchen

Your old black BBQ sphere from the late ‘80s isn’t going to cut it in your dream backyard—you need more grilling firepower and more storage to you have all the tools you need for an amazing outdoor meal. This is not the time to create a “grilling area” or a “prep table” in your yard—you need a full-scale outdoor kitchen for the best cooking and entertainment results.

Imagine the kinds of meals you could make with a powerful built-in grill, weather-resistant kitchen counters, ample storage space, and an outdoor sink—with all of these tools, you could cook outside every single day. Add on an island with barstools and a small refrigerator, and your kitchen could also serve as a bar and outdoor entertainment space. Nothing like some hot meats fresh off the grill, a few cold drinks to sip on, and some good friends to enjoy it all with. Don’t forget to finish of your outdoor kitchen with a place to eat—an outdoor dining room can be the perfect spot for friends and family to congregate and dine underneath the stars (or the classic SoCal smog).

A Beautiful Deck

Your home might be running out of livable square footage—all it takes is a new kid or even a new doggo to make your home feel cramped. Fortunately, a new deck or balcony can extend the amount of space you can use in our home. Build a large and sturdy deck stemming out of your kitchen for a place to dine, or add on a small, second-story balcony to your master bedroom for a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a newspaper on a lazy Sunday morning. Decks add plenty of aesthetic value and usable entertainment and relaxation space to your property, making them an excellent investment for your home’s overall value, and a great addition for a more enjoyable home.

A Gazebo or Patio Cover

Sometimes, that California sun is just a little too hot—and for the pastiest of us, all that sunshine of the sunshine state can lead to some brutal sunburns. It’s time to throw some shade at your backyard—not with an umbrella, but with a custom “backyard retreat” patio cover, pergola, or gazebo. These structures can connect to your home and stand freely in your yard, creating an excellent place for an outdoor dining room or faux-cabana space for relaxation. Did we mention that the best patio cover spaces have outdoor fireplaces or fire pits? Some of them even have TVs! It’s like having a comfortable living room right in the middle of your backyard—it’s a place where you can somehow enjoy the indoors and the outdoors at the same time.

A Delightful Natural Space

Even with all the beautiful beaches and palm trees, Southern California is a concrete jungle. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own natural oasis where you could escape the city life and enjoy some plants and flowers for once?

We’re all about hardscaping, “poolscaping” and outdoor kitchens—anything that can make you spend more time in your backyard. However, some people just want a beautiful and sustainable patch of nature to chill out and enjoy the ocean breeze, and we don’t blame them. We’re expert landscapers, after all—we’re here for all the people who want stunning flower beds and lush patches of grass for their enjoyment.

Every child should grow up with a lawn—it’s a great place to watch the clouds, play some soccer, or run through the sprinklers on a scorching hot day. Start with a nice natural grass or artificial turf, and surround it with low-maintenance trees, planters, and flowerbeds, and you’ll have a backyard space that the whole family will enjoy for years to come. It’s a great place for the dog to go to the bathroom, too.  

A Room Addition

Not a fan of BBQ block parties or lounging in the grass? Don’t need a massive swimming pool or outdoor kitchen? Not a fan of being outside? Maybe your backyard would make for a better master bedroom or family room than a backyard. Added square footage to your home for any purpose can be an expensive venture, but it can be a great investment that adds plenty of value. Plus, it can turn your home into your dream home.

Maybe all you needed for your dream home to be complete is a home theater room where you can binge all of your favorite Netflix shows, a master bedroom with a huge closet and a luxurious bathroom, or a large and lavish dining room so you can show off all of your amazing recipes to your best friends. Whatever the case, more indoor space for less outdoor could be a switch that’s worth it in the long run.

Landscaping & Home Additions with Swink’s Creations

If you’re dreaming of a better backyard, you’re not alone—the team at Swink’s Creations is passionate about making your backyard dreams a reality. We tackle general landscaping, hardscaping, outdoor kitchens, pools, hot tubs, waterslides, decks, gazebos, patios, and home construction—if you can think it, we can make it happen. Swink’s Creations serves Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, and the communities of the west San Fernando Valley including West Hills, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch and Tarzana—so no matter where you live in SoCal, we’re here to help. Get started with us today!