How to Incorporate Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year into your Home

How to Incorporate Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year into your HomeUsing color in your interior décor is a great way to try out new trends. This year’s Pantone Color of Year, Classic Blue, may seem like a boring choice at first glance, but there’s so much you can do with it. Here’s what Pantone has to say about its pick:

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Classic Blue is a versatile shade; it’s a calming tone that can also serve as a strong pop of color. This elegant color looks great in any room. Here are some ways you can incorporate Classic Blue into your home.

Accent Wall or Cabinetry

If you want to go all in and make a bold statement, Classic Blue is perfect for an accent wall or even cabinetry. We’ve seen this in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms for a fun pop of color. This sophisticated color will look fashionable for years to come so you won’t have to worry about repainting any time soon. Now, when you design a Hayden Home, we offer blue as an option when you’re selecting your cabinetry color selections!


Outfit your living room, bedrooms, or dining room with upholstered furniture. Classic Blue is a beautiful color on statement sofas, accent chairs, benches, ottomans, and more.

Decorative Accents

Decorative accents like artwork and other smaller décor items (e.g. vases, lamps, bookends) are an easy way to add Classic Blue into your home in smaller doses. They’re easy to change out as trends, the season, or your design tastes evolves.

Rugs and Linens

Area rugs and linens like bedding, towels, and even curtains offer another less permanent way to enjoy this trend. Classic Blue is perfect for the bedroom because the color evokes a sense of tranquility and serenity, something you definitely want when you’re trying to relax! You can layer your home with decorative pillows and throw blankets, a plush area rug, and duvet covers for the bed.

Kitchen Appliances and Cookware

Want to enjoy Classic Blue in your kitchen without committing to painting your cabinets? Colorful kitchen appliances and cookware are a great alternative, like a Dutch oven or even a stand mixer. Another option is looking out for serving platters and bowls in this deep color.

Enjoy Your New Home!

Classic Blue is a timeless color that will be in style for years to come. It’s a great color to add into your home! If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We are ready to help you, whether you’re buying your first home or purchasing your second or third. Contact us today to learn more!

Holiday Lighting and Decoration Tips & Tricks

Home with holiday lights out frontIt’s that time of year! What better way to kick off the holiday season than with some festive lights and crafty decorations? If you’re like a lot of people, you may just decide to “wing it” and maybe that works… however, why stress yourself out by feeling unprepared? There are a few simple things you can do to help prepare yourself and your home for the upcoming holiday décor. We want to help ease your stress, so we’ve put together a few holiday tips and tricks to help ensure your vision for an exceptionally decorated home is as stress free as possible.

Most important, Stay Safe!

Holiday lights involve a high amount of electricity, try to avoid connecting too many strands together which can overload the circuit. Also, be sure to check your GFCIs which is the ground-fault circuit interrupters, this causes an automatic turnoff if there is any overheating in the electrical circuit. Turning your outside lights off when you’re asleep or away from home can ease your worries.

Are your lights safe for outdoor use?

With the potential for harsh winter conditions, throughout the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to ensure your holiday lighting will hold up to the elements. Check the package for UL outdoor ratings, these can be used both indoors and outdoors. Don’t assume your lights are safe from the damp-cold weather just because the wires are coated, make sure to check that they are weatherproof.

How to plan your design

Keep it simple! (Well unless you’d like your home to be seen from miles away.) Decorating can be overwhelming, and you may not know where to start. To start, we recommend choosing a focal point. This will help you focus primarily on one area, taking the stress away from feeling like you need to bedazzle your entire house.

Examine your home and measure

Check out your gutters, shingles, and the overhang from your roofline to determine how to best hang your lights. A few popular spots for holidays lights are along your rooflines, around pillars and windows, door frames and even near driveways. Let’s not forget to measure how many lights we will need. Measure the area you’re wanting to hang lights and find the nearest power strip; this will help ensure you have enough lights for the area you’re wanting to cover.

The holidays can be a stressful and overwhelming, however, they do not need to be, by following these simple tips you will feel more prepared for when you’re ready to start decorating your new home. Just remember, stay safe and have fun with it!

Enjoy the holidays in your new Hayden home!

We hope you enjoy your holidays in your new home by Hayden Home. One of the best things is being able to spend time with the people who matter most. If you’re thinking of buying a new home (or even your first home), we have homes for sale in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. We’re looking forward to helping you find your dream home in the Northwest!


Common Organization Challenges And How to Fix Them

Do you ever feel like your home still looks disorganized even after you spent time cleaning? Don’t worry; not only is this common, it’s also easy to fix! Here are the most common organization challenges and how to fix them.

Challenge 1 - confusing clean with organized

1. Confusing ‘clean’ with ‘organized’

The most common mistake is confusing clean with being organized. Oftentimes we clear off a surface and stack everything in a pile thinking we’re “organized.” But what we really did was make a new pile.

Piles are sneaky. They seem innocent but quickly grow to epic proportions. What started as a small neat pile of paper or mail on the kitchen counter quickly becomes a larger pile of every single sheet of paper in your home. Then maybe there’s a pile of clothes in the corner that is mostly clean, and don’t forget the pile of random things you still need to sort through. See what we mean?

Fix: Assign a ‘home’ for everything and be diligent in putting things away immediately instead of waiting for ‘later,’ which may never come.  

Challenge 2 - Attaching things to the fridge

2. Attaching notes to the fridge

Our refrigerators can become the family message center, filled with art projects, party invitations, photos, or important notes. But eventually, it gets overwhelming! The fridge is the focal point of the kitchen so if it gets too cluttered, the entire kitchen will look cluttered!

Fix: Instead of attaching notes to your fridge door, use a separate magnet or bulletin board to hold notes, artwork and invitations. Remove them when dates have expired or to-do lists are complete.

Challenge 3 - Over Filled Shelves

3. Over filled shelves

Shelves and counters are great for both decorative and storage purposes. However, filling them with stuff can make them looked cluttered, regardless of how neatly everything is placed.

Fix: Limit the number of items you place on a shelf or counter. If you are filling a bookcase, leave some space between items to give them room to breathe.

Challenge 4 - Shopping without a plan

4. Shopping without a plan

Have you ever been bit by the organization bug and then excitedly rushed out to buy all the baskets and bins, only for them to add to the clutter? You’re not alone! This is a common mistake, that often leads people to feel overwhelmed and even more unorganized. Those products will help you stay organized but, you need to put in the work to ensure they don’t add to the clutter.

Fix: Start with decluttering and removing unneeded items first and then figure out what storage tools you’ll need for your remaining items. You may find that you already have what you need at home!

Challenge 5 - Skipping Labels

5. Skipping labels

Bins are a great way to efficiently store multiple items. However, it’s easy to start tossing anything that fits into the box or forget what’s in a specific container, forcing you to dig through several different bins to locate what you’re looking for (and not to mention the mess that’s been made in the process). Save yourself the frustration by using labels.

Fix: Take time to label each container so you can quickly and easily find what you’re looking for. This will also make putting things away a breeze too.

Keep your new home looking great

These common organization tips are easy to fix to keep your new home looking great all the time.

If you’re on the hunt for a new home Hayden Homes can help. We have brand new homes for sale in the Northwest, and we’re ready to get you moved into your dream home. Contact us today for more information, whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading to a bigger one.

Tips for Designing a Hip and Creative Kid’s Room

Tips for Designing a Hip and Creative Kid's RoomDecorating your child’s bedroom poses an interesting challenge: not only do you want to create a space that reflects your kid’s personality, you also don’t want to redecorate every few years whenever their interests (inevitably) change.

The trick to designing a hip and creative kid’s room is balancing the functional aspects with the design motifs that make a room feel fresh. Since your child’s bedroom serves multiple purposes; not only is it where they sleep or relax, it’s also where they can play, study, or just hang out, you’ll need to keep all that in mind when decorating.

Use these tips to create a bedroom your kid is sure to love and will happily grow with them.

Plan the space

Before you begin, talk with your kids about how they use their rooms. Remember, their bedrooms are more than just places to sleep: it’s also where they hang out with friends, relax on their own, play or study. You’ll want to create zones in the room to accommodate each way they use their rooms. Toddlers and younger kids will need lots of floor space to play while teens will need space to hang out with their friends.

Keep the overall design simple

It’s easy to get excited about creating a room that perfectly encapsulate your child’s interests but kids are also notoriously fickle, trading interests as quickly as they outgrow their clothes. Instead of creating an overly themed room complete with kid-sized furniture, keep the design simple by using accessories to tie in your kids’ interests and purchasing furniture and accent pieces that can be used by someone of any age. This will save you from having to purchase new furniture as your kid grows.

Use versatile pieces

When designing a nursery, instead of purchasing single-purpose furniture like a changing table, opt for a dresser or chest of drawers that can double as a changing table and then reverted to its original purpose once the diaper stage is behind you. Likewise, opt for cribs that convert to different bed types or select a bed with built-in storage space for additional storage options.

Define each space

Now that you know how your kid will use their rooms, define each zone with appropriate furniture or accessories. Encourage studying or creative play with a desk or table and chairs; set up a reading space with bean bags, a hanging chair, or papasan chair; or create a bright area with your child’s toys for playtime.

Get funky with accessories

As mentioned before, having fun with accessories is the best way to introduce a trend or express your child’s interests since they’re relatively easy to replace since they’re relatively inexpensive. Soft furnishings like rugs, curtains, and bedding are fantastic ways to introduce patterns, colors, and textures. Wall stickers are also a great way to add some fun to their room; bonus points: they’re easily removed as their interests change!

Let your kids have a say

Don’t forget to get input from your kid! This is their room and they should be allowed to choose some of the furniture, accessories, and colors. Be sure to explain that while you still hold parental veto rights (this will save you from having to paint the walls black), your child can select some items for their room.

One of the best things about owning your home is the freedom you have to decorate as you please. You can create the bedroom of your kid’s dreams and help their transition into a new home. If you’re ready to say hello to a new home in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and all throughout the Northwest, contact us today to find the home that’s right for you.

Fun Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Kids Making Homemade ValentinesValentine’s Day is just around the corner! Valentine’s Day is so much more than a couple’s holiday; it’s also a time to celebrate the love you share as a family. It’s always important to show how much you care to those you love the most. Here are some ideas for fun activities the entire family can do to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home this year!

Start on a Sweet Note
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, you can keep breakfast simple, especially if your family is usually rushing off to school or work in the mornings! If you have time, make some red velvet pancakes, bacon egg-in-a-heart, French toast sticks, or Overnight sausage & egg breakfast casserole. If you need something to go, serve up some sweet scones, breakfast egg muffins, or even donuts! Bonus points if you make them heart shaped.

Make Valentine’s Day cards
Instead of rushing out to buy gifts, get the family together to make homemade Valentines. This is a great way to spend some time with the kids and work on a craft together. This can be a simple craft with construction paper, markers, and even doilies or yarn! Get creative and have fun.

If you have older children, encourage them to write letters of appreciation to each member of the family. These should be specific but don’t have to be super sappy! They can be messages like “I love how you come up with fun dance moves” or “I love how you make me laugh when I’m feeling down.”

Make Dinner Festive
Restaurants are always busy on Valentine’s Day so skip the rush and have dinner at home (either something you make yourself or ordering in from your favorite restaurant). You can make it special and set the table with your best dinnerware and candles (encourage everyone to get dressed up to add to the experience) or have something fun like a heart-shaped pizza.

Movie Night
At the end of the day, gather everyone in the living room for a movie night, completely with Valentine’s themed snacks like pink popcorn, chocolate, or one of these sweet Valentine’s Day treats. You can watch a family favorite Valentine’s Day movie like “The Princess Bride,” “Enchanted,” “Shrek,” or “Wall-E” to name a few!

These activities are a great way to celebrate and make Valentine’s Day special for the entire family. These small gestures will leave each member of the family feeling loved.

8 Tips to Help Prepare Your New Home for Winter

8-Tips-to-Help-Prepare-Your-Home-For-WinterCaring for your home – especially a brand new home that you hope to keep in tip-top shape for years to come – is important. In the Northwest, where winters can be harsh, knowing and performing some basic winter maintenance musts is critical to the health of your home. Fortunately, winter maintenance is pretty straightforward.

Here are 8 tips to help prepare your new home for winter, to ensure you are keeping your dream home looking great.

Outdoor Maintenance Takes Priority

Maintenance for the outdoor area of your new home should take priority. Some outdoor tasks that absolutely need to be completed include:
  1. Blow out your sprinkler lines, which will keep them from freezing when temperatures drop;
  2. Clean up and cover outdoor appliances and tools, such as hoses (which should be stored and drained);
  3. Remove leaves from gutters and drains – if leaves are left in gutters and drains over the winter, they can lead to clogs and other damage;
  4. Keep an eye out for snow and ice buildup on your roof and around your home – any unusual buildup or runoff should be dealt with swiftly.
Of course, before the snow comes, you should also make sure you have a sturdy snow shovel ready to go. Removing snow promptly as it accumulates will reduce the work, help your home’s foundation stay dry, and keep your family and guests safe.

Prepping the Inside of Your Home

While it’s easy to focus on what’s happening outside when winter is approaching, remember that the inside of your home requires some annual TLC too. To keep the inside of your home in great condition, be sure to:
  1. Leave your heat on when you’re out of town to prevent freezing of pipes. Our recommendation is to keep your heat at a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit, while you are away. On especially cold nights, some homeowners will open up cabinets around water pipes to help prevent them from freezing when they are out of town.
  2. Ensure your water heater and HVAC system are in good working order (fortunately, if you’ve purchased a new home, this shouldn’t be an issue for years to come)
  3. Check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and change them if needed; and
  4. Commit to changing air filters at least once every three months, and more if you have pets or anyone in the home with allergies.
Remember, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to contact a local professional for maintenance and repairs.

Keep Your New Home Looking Great

Your new home will serve you well for years to come if you do your part too – which includes preparing your home for the coldest months of the year. For how-to videos and your seasonal maintenance checklist,  visit our home maintenance page here.
If you are growing tired of all of the ongoing maintenance energy and repairs you’re having to do on your older home, we can help. Hayden Homes has beautiful new homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and we can assist you whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading homes. Call us today to learn more.

Trick-or-Treat Fun in Your New Home

Are you looking for a fun way to make Halloween more eventful this year? If so, one idea is to host a pre-trick-or-treating game night for your young trick-or-treaters. Here are some tips on how you can make the most of your new home on Halloween night.
Trick-or-Treat Fun in Your New Home
Start with a Plan (and Stick to the Schedule)
Having a plan, and sticking to it, is always one of the best ways to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible. As you’re planning your event and creating invitations, things to consider include:
  • Are you inviting kids and their parents?
  • What time do you want the party to start?
  • What time do you want to the party to end and transition into trick-or-treating?
  • Do you need any chaperones? How about for the trick-or-treating portion of the evening?
Answer these questions now, and include any details on your invitations.
Create Cute Halloween Party Invites
Make Cute and Clever Halloween-Themed Invites
Part of the fun of throwing a party is making cute party invitations. An appealing Halloween-themed invitation can make the difference between a rockin’ party and a ghost town. We recommend sending out invitations that are crafty and clever. You can find some great invitation ideas on by doing a Google search or by looking on Pinterest. Plenty of inspiration out there!
Decorate for Halloween
Decorate your Home for Halloween!
In addition to the invitations, creating awesome party decorations is a must when planning a party in your new home. Buy decorations if you’re in a rush, or set aside a day with the kids to create different decorations by a hand. This is a great way to spend time together as a family and provide your kids with a creative outlet during a day of inclement weather.
Offer food and beverages for adults too
Offer Food and Drink (for Adults, too!)
No party is complete without yummy food and drinks. During Halloween, there are a lot of fun and spooky serving options. Some top food choices that kids and adults will like include deviled eggs with spiders (using olives to create the spiders), carrot “fingers,” and Frankenstein sushi (see this great post from Genius Kitchen for more recipe ideas, including the ones listed). Remember that the kids are about to go trick-or-treating where they’ll be walking a lot and – let’s not forget – loading up on candy, so this is a great way to get their bellies filled with something  nutritious before they go out.
Keep Games Spooky and Fun
Keep Games Spooky and Fun 
Finally, plan some games that are spooky, fun, and age appropriate! Some games might include Pin the Tail on the Cat, a pumpkin toss, Ghost in the Graveyard, a Halloween-creature pinata, and a Guess-How-Many game using candy corn or other Halloween treat. A simple game of hide-and-seek or duck-duck-goose can also be a great option.
Have a Great Halloween in Your New Home
This Halloween, put your new home to work by hosting a pre-trick-or-treating Halloween party for your kids. Remember to invite other parents and summon their help in keeping little ones supervised, and perhaps showing off that brand new kitchen or open layout of yours!
Still not in the home of your dreams? If you’re a potential home buyer, we have countless homes for sale throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Reach out to us at Hayden Homes today to learn more.

Warm & Cozy Fall Essentials for Your New Home

There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are already starting to change colors. As the weather cools, now’s the time to start thinking about warm and cozy fall essentials that will not only provide a little comfort during the cooler weather, but can also contribute to the perfect home ambiance. Here are some of our favorite home additions.
Warm & Cozy Fall Essentials for Your New Home
Setting the Tone in Your Sitting Area
Conversation is important, and when the weather is cool out, there is nothing better than cozying up in an oversized chair or on a nice couch and chatting with loved ones. Make sure your home has a great conversation area. If you have a fireplace in your home, a conversation area near your fireplace is an added bonus!
If you already have a great sitting area, add a bookcase and fill it with your favorite reads. This ensures your room doubles as both a cozy conversation spot and a nice area to get some solo time. You can also stack the bookcase with puzzles or games to encourage social activities!
The Right Lighting for Fall Home
The Right Lighting
In the fall, the right lighting can do wonders in terms of warming your home and creating the right mood. This is especially true during the winter months in the Northwest when we have shorter days. Does your dining room fixture not put out enough light? Upgrade to something with bigger sized light bulbs and that can make a drastic difference during evening hours. Also, try soft mood lamps, candles, or even an artificial flickering light that resembles the light given off by a flame.
Blanks for a cozy fall home
Blankets and Blankets and More Blankets
Invest in some blankets and throws that are soft, warm, and of a warmer color tone (think deep reds, browns, grays, blacks, burnt oranges and yellows, and warmer shades of white). Blankets can be thrown over armchairs and couch arms, or be rolled into fashionable buckets that add a little extra decorating flair. These will also come in handy for those spooky halloween movies everyone loves.
Add Some Fall Specific Elements
Consider Adding Some Fall-Specific Elements
One way to make your home feel warmer and to embrace the change of seasons and the fall holidays that are to come is to add some fall-specific elements. Some of our favorites are:
  • Decorating with different squashes or gourds;
  • Wreaths outfitted with fall plants and colors, including leaves, berries, and even nuts;
  • Pressing leaves between two pieces of glass and framing them;
  • Using twigs and branches as decorative additions to a vase of fall flowers.
Fall Decorating Tips for your new home
Turn Your Dining Area Into a Place People Want to Be
Dining rooms and dining tables often get a bad rap for being uncomfortable and boring. But if you plan on hosting any holidays meals this season, or having guests over for dining otherwise, there are a few things that you can do to really warm up the room and improve people’s comfort. Start by making those straight-backed, hard surfaced dining room chairs more physically comfortable to sit in by adding cushions to them. This will encourage your guests to spend more time at the table, and can add some fall festive flair with the right colors and pattern.
Then, focus on lighting; harsh lighting isn’t welcoming, and can really ruin the mood during the fall. But the issue may not be with the lighting so much as the wall colors. Consider painting a single wall a warmer color and that can make a big difference in the overall feel of the room.
Finally, decorate your table. Use a patterned table runner to draw attention, and place candles, different pumpkins and squashes, decorative skulls, or/and a vase with flowers in the center to celebrate this wonderful time of year.
Enjoy Your New Home!
At Hayden Homes, we hope that you’re enjoying your new home this fall season. If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We are ready to meet with you! We work with those at every stage in the home-buying process, whether you’re buying your first home or purchasing your second or third. Contact us today to learn more!

10 Ideas to Help You Store Your Summer Toys

Get an Organized Garage - 10 Ideas to Help You Store Your Summer ToysThe first day of fall has officially passed, which means that summer is over and colder months lie ahead.  It also means that if you’re a homeowner in the Northwest, it’s time to start thinking about where you’re going to store away summer equipment and toys. Here are 10 creative ideas for storing toys in your new home or garage.
1. Put Up Some Shelves
The easiest way to store your belongings is to add shelving in your garage. This way, everything has a place, and your toys (or your kids’ summer toys) are easy to spot. If you already have shelves on your walls and need additional storage space, consider building shelves in the ceiling corners to take advantage of those dead spaces.
2. Invest in Storage
If you don’t have the space to keep your summer toys in your home or garage, or you simply want to clear up some room inside, check with your local home improvement store to see if they sell outside storage sheds.
Protip: spend the extra time to ensure that the ground surface your storage shed sits on on is completely level and compact.
3. Hang Around
One of the best ways to store summer gear like bicycles is to hang it from the ceiling, or even to mount it on the wall. This is a fantastic storage method for large, bulky items that you don’t plan to use until the weather warms again, although it can be used for numerous other types of gear.
4. Buy Some Bins
If you want to keep smaller toys out of sight and out of mind, opaque bins with lids are the best idea. You can stack these bins in your garage, basement, or even in a large closet within your home.
5. Use Labels
Labels aren’t only a great way to keep bins, buckets, shelves, and drawers organized, but they also look great in your storage area, too. The last thing you want is to be half-way through the summer and realize you forgot to pull out a certain summer toy because it’s been out of sight and out of mind!
6. Attic Space/Under the Stairs
If you have an attic, big or small, you can use it to store a variety of seasonal items including summer supplies such as an inflatable swimming pool. Typically, the biggest deterrent from using attic space is accessibility. Sometimes they can be cumbersome to access and get in and out of, but there are ways to improve accessibility such as installing a new attic ladder or replacing your old attic ladder with a new and improved one. If you don’t have an attic, some homes have under the stairs storage spaces. This is a great alternative for storing the items that you would normally put in an attic.
7. Kiddie Parking
One ingenious idea for storing kiddie vehicles, including plastic “push” cars, tricycles, and even powered mini-vehicles, is to create an outdoor parking “garage.” You can easily do this using PVC pipe and inexpensive materials (like plywood) to serve as a garage frame and roof, and curtains that can be opened and closed to serve as garage doors. Your kids will love this so much they’ll want to put their toys away.
8. Outdoor Storage
Don’t assume that all of your gear and toys have to be stored inside; there are many things that will be fine outdoors during the wintertime, especially if they are protected from excessive moisture. Consider setting up some outdoor storage bins paired with outdoor shelving.
9. Bungee Cord Ball Storage
If you have kids that are constantly leaving out their basketballs, soccer balls, bouncy balls, footballs, and more, you need to find a storage solution that works. The bungee cord ball storage idea is brilliant. To make this, simply create a 90-degree angle using 2x4s in a corner of your garage wall. About three feet under, create another 90-degree angle. Then, string bungee cords from one angle to the other, ultimately creating a bin.
10. Inexpensive Basket and Bucket Storage
Finally, if you need a quick solution for toy storage and you don’t want to spend a fortune, head to your local hardwood store and purchase an array of five-gallon buckets and basic baskets. You can make these more attractive by getting your kids involved in bucket and basket decoration. Throw some labels on them, and you’re good to go!
Keep Your New Home Looking Great
If you have recently purchased a new home in Idaho, Washington, or Oregon, you want to keep it looking great. The right storage solutions can help! If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, Hayden Homes can help. We have brand new homes for sale in the Northwest, and our home builders are ready to get you moved into your dream home. Contact us today for more information, whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading to a bigger one.

Backyard Ideas for Your New Home

Part of the excitement of buying a brand new home is deciding how you want to decorate both inside and out. If you’ve recently purchased a new home and have big plans for your backyard but aren’t sure where to start, here are some great backyard ideas for your new home.

Outdoor Dining SpaceOutdoor Dining

If you love to eat outdoors, and let’s be honest who doesn’t, you may want to focus your backyard on an outdoor dining set up. This can be created with the installation of an outdoor patio or deck and a nice outdoor dining set. In addition to the basic table and chairs, the right lighting can add a magical ambiance. Outdoor dining arrangements are often nicely accompanied by pergolas and honeysuckles, which can provide shade on hotter days. If you don’t have an outdoor grill yet, consider buying one that you can grill and smoke meats and/or vegetables on. There are a lot of wonderful food smoking recipes that you and your guests will love.

Create an Outdoor Living SpaceOutdoor Living Space

If you just can’t get enough of the outdoors, investing in an outdoor living arrangement may really hit the spot. An outdoor living arrangement will include an outdoor dining set and may also expand to include outdoor chairs and recliners or benches, a built-in firepit, and perhaps even a full outdoor kitchen. Hot tubs are another favorite addition if you can afford one. You can look for deals on outdoor furniture when sets go on clearance at the end of the summer. Whether you are eating in your backyard, playing card or yard games, or just want a cozy corner to read a good book, you can find a lot of creative outdoor living ideas on Pinterest or by doing a simple Google search.

Create an outdoor space for peace and serenityPeace and Serenity

Some people want their backyard to offer peace, serenity, and a chance to reconnect with nature more than anything else. In order to achieve this, it can be nice to incorporate two of the most natural elements: fire and water. To do so, consider the installation of a gas or wood burning fire pit and a water feature, such as a small pond or fountain. Enjoying the sound of trickling water doesn’t have to come at a high cost. Plenty of shade and greenery is necessary to achieve the feeling of being in nature, too. Bird feeders and bird baths can be a nice touch as well.

Lush Gardens for your backyardLush Gardens

You may be excited about your new yard because it offers you the chance to grow all of your favorite fruits, veggies, and other plants. Gardens are not only a wonderful way to connect with the earth and potentially grow food for your family, but also a visually appealing addition to a yard, too. You may opt for a large plot that allows you to grow a wide variety of veggies, a smaller plot in a corner for a salsa garden, or even a series of designated garden boxes throughout the yard – one for tomatoes, one for herbs, one for peas and beans, etc. Whatever you do, allow plenty of space for your plants to grow as they will need as much sunlight and oxygen as possible to thrive.

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Your backyard is your own canvas and anything is possible with some imagination and hard work. Whether you have landscaping experience or not, with a little help, you have the potential to transform your backyard into a paradise that brings you joy for years to come.

At Hayden Homes, we’re as excited about getting you into your new home as you are. Whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading to your dream home, we make working with us straightforward and easy. To learn more about our homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and meet with our Northwest home builder, contact us today online or by phone. We can’t wait to help you find your new home!

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