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Sanford's Guide to Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment

Walter Ciucevich

Walter Ciucevich is a Child of God, a husband, a father and a business owner, in that order...

Walter Ciucevich is a Child of God, a husband, a father and a business owner, in that order...

Jun 24 1 minutes read

With the arrival of warmer weather and the promise of sunny days ahead, the residents of Sanford and surrounding areas are moving their living spaces outdoors. Creating a functional and inviting outdoor entertainment area can redefine your summer, turning your backyard into the perfect setting for family barbecues, gatherings with friends, evenings under the stars, or relaxing solo staycations. Not to mention, a thoughtfully designed outdoor space can significantly boost the value of your home.

Here are six ideas, inspired by our local surroundings, to kick your outdoor entertainment space up a notch this summer.

1. Craft a Cozy Outdoor Lounge

First, consider establishing a cozy lounge area that mirrors the comfort of your indoor living room, but with a Sanford twist. Begin with weather-resistant seating options that blend with the local style—perhaps wicker furniture with plush, vibrant cushions or a classic wooden porch swing. A fire pit can become the heart of your outdoor lounge, offering warmth during our mild summer evenings. Soft, ambient lighting like string lights or solar-powered lanterns will lend a magical touch, reminiscent of fireflies lighting up the local countryside.

2. Alfresco Dining, Sanford Style

Dining under the open sky is one of the joys of living in our region. Design an alfresco dining area that complements the natural beauty and agricultural richness of Sanford. Choose a robust dining set that reflects the rustic elegance of our locale. To keep the intense midday sun at bay, add a pergola crafted from local timber or a wide umbrella. Enhance the ambience with an outdoor rug that draws inspiration from local color palettes, providing a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors.

3. Outdoor Kitchen and Bar

For the culinary enthusiasts, an outdoor kitchen can transform your hosting game. Equip it with a high-quality grill and a prep station. Sanford's mild climate allows for almost year-round outdoor dining, so consider integrating a mini-fridge or a built-in cooler for keeping your beverages chilled. A bar setup, complete with local craft beer on tap, can turn your backyard into the neighborhood’s favorite hangout. Adding bar stools and a pergola overhead will invite your guests to linger and enjoy the garden views.

4. Set Up a Backyard Theater

Imagine transforming your backyard into a cinema under the stars, where the rolling landscapes of Sanford provide a natural backdrop. All you need is a projector and a screen—plus, seating that invites relaxation, such as bean bags or lounge chairs adorned with cushy pillows. For a truly Sanford touch, why not set up a concession stand offering local popcorn varieties or snacks featuring produce from our farmers' markets? It’s a perfect way to support local businesses while enjoying blockbuster hits or indie favorites.

5. Water Features for Serene Evenings

Adding a water feature, incorporating elements that mirror Sanford’s serene lakes and rivers, can turn your backyard into a tranquil oasis. A cascading fountain or a small reflective pond can introduce the soothing sound of water, perfect for unwinding. For a more engaging water feature, a hot tub or a swim spa offers a spot for relaxation or socializing, set against a backdrop of native plants and flowers that enhance the natural feel of your sanctuary.

6. Fun Garden Games and Activities

Sanford is a community that values fun and togetherness, and what better way to embody this than by incorporating lawn games and activities into your outdoor space? Classics like cornhole or bocce ball not only entertain guests of all ages but also invite family bonding. For a homage to our golf-loving region, a putting green could be a unique addition that pays tribute to North Carolina's golfing heritage. If you have children, a custom-built treehouse or playset can provide endless hours of adventure.

Final Touches for Your Sanford Outdoor Haven

To bring your outdoor entertainment space together, focus on the details that cater to the Sanford lifestyle. Opt for planters filled with native plants and flowers that add color while being eco-friendly. Outdoor rugs and cushions in vibrant colors or patterns can unify your space with style. High-quality outdoor speakers discreetly set among your landscaping allow you to enjoy the sounds of your favorite artists as you relax under the North Carolina sky.

By integrating these ideas, tailored to the unique character of Sanford and its surroundings, you can create an outdoor entertainment space that enhances your summer, making your home a beloved gathering spot for friends and family. Here’s to a season of memorable outdoor living.

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