Tuesday February 21, 2012
Congratulations! You built or bought your beautiful new home. You have moved in, unpacked, and decorated. But the outside? Does your landscaping leave you wondering what to do? Well, now is the time to start dreaming and planning – Spring is just around the corner!
What is at the top of your list?
–Play area for children
–Pet friendly area
–Dining / barbecue area
–A shed for gardening tools / supplies
When planning your backyard, consider what you need and want in your space.
Once you’ve decided on what you want in your backyard, then make up your lists, design your plan, and develop a realistic work schedule. Usually you should start with the bigger jobs to get them out of the way, but don’t force yourself to complete the job within a year. Your plan should be divided in stages over a span of 2-3 years, that way your budget is in alignment and you don’t overwhelm yourself. You should also incorporate things from the list below to enhance the look of your backyard
–Using water features such as fountains, ponds, hot tubs & swimming pools
–Add shade features like pergolas & gazebos
–Assign a theme for your backyard, such as color, style, scent. Or others such as a Japanese rock garden, southwest/desert, or a cottage garden.
There’s enough room for style and comfort. The trend in designing your home indoors has also led it’s way to the outdoors. It’s a trend to make your outdoor living just as comfortable as the indoors. Your backyard can be just as cozy; the main concern would be to weatherproof your outdoor furniture and to also plan for the weather you’ll encounter outside such as rain, wind and sun. For example, a gazebo or awning can help protect against harmful UV rays during the day and insects when the sun goes down. With furniture, make sure to include comfortable seating with cushions and throws when the evening gets a bit chillier.
If you have limited space to work with, consider using containers that are portable and can easily be replaced. You can move them around when guests are over, and you can use the containers to store colorful flowers to brighten dark corners.
Another tip is to include more curved walkways and paths to create the illusion of more space. The flow of space from one area to the next allows an open space feeling compared to small and boxed in.