4 Ways To Reclaim The Backyard For Empty Nesters

Posted on: 3 December 2018

Move over swing set, sand box, and tree fort. It's time to get rid of that basketball net and reclaim the backyard. After years of picking up wayward baseballs and retrieving frisbees from the roof, empty nesters are ready to enjoy the backyard on their own terms again. Move over, inflatable jump house. Its time to make room for these grown-up toys. 

1. Reduce the lawn area

Many families buy homes with large, grassy yards with the thought that their kids need room to roam. While that works out great when kids live at home, many choose to reduce the amount of grass once the free lawn care moves out. From groundcovers to hardscaping, there are many ways to reduce the lawn while improving the aesthetics of your backyard space. 

2. Install a hot tub

Re-connect with your spouse and your shared love of a good glass of wine. Having a hot tub installed on a back patio and partaking in a nightly post-dinner dip is a great way to take time being a couple again, instead of just someone's parents. As an added benefit, hot tubs can also reduce stress, relieve muscle strain, and increase blood circulation

3. Improve your putting game

A popular addition to a kid-free backyard is a putting green. While there once wasn't room among the toys, forts, and soccer nets, the wide-open expanse of an empty nesters' backyard can accommodate even the most challenging putting green, with undulating slopes to the hole. Work on your swing on the course and come home to tweak your putting game. 

4. Grow prize-winning roses

Parenting takes every hour of your time outside of work. Empty nesters are now free from those obligations and can concentrate on their own hobbies and interests. Gone are daily runs to football practice, play rehearsal, and study groups. Having a kid-free home means being able to concentrate on things that were previously too much work, like roses. Roses, particularly prize worthy ones, take time and patience. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of "Le Petit Prince", said it best when he wrote the words, "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." 

Once you become an empty nester, take time to enjoy the next chapter in life. Take time to soak in a hot tub, improve your game, and, most of all, to smell the roses.