According to the Farmers’ Almanac, this summer New England is predicted to be “seasonably warm and drier than normal.” If you are well prepared, you can enjoy the summer in the comforts of your own home. Here are five ways to utilize your backyard in fun and easy fashions. 


As a family oriented business,  Services Plus understands the importance of spending time with loved ones. A great way to do so is by hosting a cookout, which can be done with ease with a Services Plus deck rebuild, which is perfect for gatherings. (Not to mention a great conversation piece for woodworking enthusiasts.) Our team of expert contractors can either rebuild or remodel an existent deck which we will ensure is up-to-code and therefore safe for full usage. All of these factors are essential in order to carry the weight of grills, outdoor furniture, and whatever else you may add!

Fire pits:

You can build a fire pit yourself with minimal materials and a limited budget. Here is a rough outline of the benefits of a fire pit but it is important to understand the necessary precautions before getting started. First and foremost, picking the location of the fire pit is essential. There are some rules to ensure the safety of your property. Fire pits should be on a leveled surface, in a wide and open space, away from trees with low hanging limbs, woodpiles, bushes and any other materials that could ignite if contact was made with the flames. After these safety measures choosing the size, shape and materials comes next. After the fire pit is complete, place some chairs around it , and let the fun begin! Roasting marshmallows for s’mores and sharing a cold beverage around the fire always makes for a memorable summertime experience. 

Backyard games:

There are a number of backyard games that can be enjoyed no matter the size of the space. A few examples of some outdoor games includes: Giant Jenga, corn hole, ladder golf, badminton, and Kan Jam. If you have ever played the game ‘Jenga,’ giant Jenga is essentially the same, besides its large size. The size of your backyard does not matter as long, as you utilize the space properly, and fill it with people who make you happy. 

Outdoor Movie night:

Hosting an outdoor movie night can create memories for your family to last a lifetime. You can achieve this in a simple or elaborate manner. First, getting a projector is a key component in an outdoor movie night. Projectors range from $50-$50,000, so there is a wide range of options. A simple and cost effective method is to upholster a white sheet to a part of the siding of  the house, and set the projector up in front of it! Pretty simple honestly. Additionally, if you wanted something a bit more extravagant try an inflatable outdoor projector screen, which is surprisingly more affordable than you might imagine. 

Outdoor entertainment centers:

Having a built in outdoor entertainment center is a great asset to your backyard for a number of reasons. The first one being hosting. If you enjoy watching sports, you can enjoy some good cookout food, and a cool drink of your choice while watching your favorite team. You can get really creative with a pergola or cabana by adding an outdoor bar. Whatever you are thinking of adding, Services Plus is happy to accommodate your requests!