When you buy a home on or near the lake, the one thing you can definitely count on is wanting to spend a LOT of time outside enjoying the natural beauty of the Smith Mountain Lake landscape. Our homes are an oasis, and the yard is a key part to creating the lifestyle you have always imagined. Although not all the homes you will be looking at will have the backyard of your dreams, there are simple ways to convert the less than impressive into the simply wonderful! It’s just a matter of adding some fantastic backyard features to your home. We at Smith Mountain Lake Properties have come up with a few suggestions that will show you the possibilities!

Lakeside Contemplations

Our favorite thing to do at the lake is absolutely nothing. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures such as relaxing outdoors, staring at the sky while feeling summer breezes wash over you as you contemplate life’s mysteries. Purchasing a hammock is the first thing you can do to achieve the state of nothingness. Tie it between two trees, both providing an extra level of cool as you relax under their canopy, or if your new property does not have two trees, purchasing a hammock on a stand is a perfectly appropriate substitution! Either way, this simple purchase can go a long way in making your backyard oasis complete.

Cozy and Warm

Another simple addition to a lakeside backyard is a fire pit. Coming in a range of shapes, styles, and sizes that make them a perfect fit to any yard, the hours of entertainment they provide is not something most people think about. Surround the pit with colorfully painted Adirondack chairs (the wide flat arms allow a place to rest your drinks or snacks) and spend the cooler lake nights gathered around, roasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories with your kids, or simply enjoying the warmth of a roaring fire contrasting with the coolness of the night air as you listen to the peaceful night sounds of the lake.

Ahoy There!

Lake days are made so much better when spent ON the lake, either zipping about in a racy speedboat or paddling your way to peace from the seat of a canoe or kayak, and most lakeside homes will already have a private dock, but if your potential dreamhouse does not, adding one is relatively easy; you just have to follow the Smith Mountain Lake regulations on building one. Once completed, you can leave your boat tied to the dock, always available for an impromptu journey around the lake, and because docks make handy jumping off spots, your children or spouse can work on improving their cannonballs!

Just a Sample

From hot tubs to outdoor kitchens, there are a variety of ways to make the backyard of your potential home your own. Give us a call today and let’s get the search started!