When it comes to creating your own Outdoor Living space, knowing how you want to use the space is everything.

Meet the Meinhardts. Their backyard looked like a big open canvas, with little definition, points of interest or privacy -- that's where they started.

Where they ended up is a lovely outdoor space that includes sheltered outdoor dining, comfortable outdoor seating, a proper BBQ Station, and a small spot to enjoy their morning coffee - complete with its own water feature. And what's not to love about an adirondack-encircled firepit to enjoy beers with your neighborhood crew. The Meinhardts also added a little privacy to their outdoor living area with a sentry of narrow-growing Weeping Alaskan Cedar around their perimeter.


"When starting our journey to furnish our new outdoor living space, we found Al's Garden & Home to have such an incredible selection to choose from.  We had no idea where to start, so we were directed to make an appointment with an Al's Expert.

She asked us our style, space and preferences and that's when it started to come into focus for us.  We had only been able to look in catalogs at other stores, but with the selection available at Al's, we were able to sit on all the various furniture styles to feel what fit us.  The Al's Expert provided suggestions on fabrics and then helped us find options within our budget. 

I now recommend to my friends when they need anything for their outdoor living area, to save a lot of time, start at Al's."

So if a backyard makeover is in your plans, it's best to get started early, work with a professional, be clear about your personal requirements and preferences, and be sure to enjoy the results.