Tips to Creating an Outdoor Oasis


An outdoor oasis simply cannot compare to those in warmer climates. A few months ago, we were down South visiting friends. We spent lots of time in their pool, relaxed on their beach chairs and in the hot tub. We sat around their gas fire and our kids even watched an outdoor movie from floaties in the pool. In every way they had what I’d call an outdoor oasis.


Though it’s virtually impossible to compare, we do have some great ideas to update your outdoor space for it to be more enjoyable with friends and family.


First of all, if you haven’t already done so this year, an oasis-like feel begins with cleanliness. Power washing the exterior of your home, deck, and driveway offers a fresh feel as it removes all the dirt and build up. Maybe you’re like us where your deck and porch areas have been decorated with webs from giant sized spiders. These too you can spray away. Power washers are fairly inexpensive, especially if you can find a Canadian Tire sale. Or you can rent one from The Rental House starting at $27.


Next, see what areas may need painting or staining. How’s the condition of your deck, fence, porch, gazebo, trim, doors etc. If peeling, allow a full day or weekend to get a painting project done.


Patio furnishings adds a warm, colorful and welcoming ambiance to your deck or patio. Home Sense, IKEA, Canadian Tire and offer a variety of options whether you’re searching for a full furniture set or smaller additional pieces, cushions, pillows or outdoor rug. For added color, add flower pots and planters.


If you prefer a private setting, consider building a privacy wall or buying a gazebo. Add strings of patio lighting for a soft and intimate setting. If your deck or patio space permits, buy a propane fire pit table to keep warm as the evening sun sets.


Water features are incredibly appealing, whether it be a small pond and/or a water fountain. The sound of water flowing has a way of easing and releasing stresses from the day. It’s important to utilize them on a regular basis to keep them in good working order.


Another attractive ‘water feature’ is having a pool or hot tub. If you’re fortunate enough to have a walkout basement, your lower patio is a perfect place for a hot tub. Though hot tubs are wonderful to have, they can be relatively costly for the initial purchase and installation.  The cost of maintenance even through the winter is fairly minimal. Pools are rare in our province, simply because the upfront cost to install is not worth the limited use each year. If you are fortunate enough to have a pool and don’t mind the maintenance, you are definitely among the minority. Interestingly, having a pool will do very little to increase the value of your property since it is a matter of buyer preference.


Lastly, landscaping is probably the biggest piece to creating an outdoor oasis. If you need a remodel or simply want a redesign, we highly recommend speaking with Jeff and Amanda Sawatzky with Anew View Landscaping at 587-274-4402.


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Jason Rustand with RE/MAX Real Estate serves with the highest level of integrity and excellence every time.  For more info on this topic or others related to real estate contact LIKE our Jason Rustand Team Facebook page, call Jason direct at 780.980.2828, email or visit

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