Sure your front yard calls out to others and is the attention grabber but your backyard is your sanctuary, your place for R&R, entertainment, and fun times with family and friends. If the yard has seen better days, it isn’t as quick a fix as adding a patio deck and a few planters outside. Rather, take a holistic approach. How will you use the yard, what do you plan on doing, then go and start your landscape design.
Build Your Dream
Dream a bit. What do you want to do outside? Do you want to create a play space for the kids? A few pavers, planters, and a nice garden to marvel at? Dream, let yourself and your mind go a bit. From there you can start to visualize the end outcome, before you even begin the project of redecorating the backyard space.
Know the Property
Start with a walk around to see what has to go and what you actually like; keep geographical considerations in place. Make note of fixed structures (sheds or garages), what can go, what needs to be modified, where things can be moved, and so forth. Knowing what you have to work with, and what can actually be changed/fixed,, versus those fixed structures, will allow you to determine the end outcome for the yard.
Make Sure You Play by the Rules
Fence heights, materials, types of flowers; your HOA or local city ordinances might have limitations in place. Make sure you are familiar with them. Know what is in the rule books before you start the project. Not only will this ensure you avoid those costly fines, but also ensures your home won’t be an eyesore in the neighborhood. It will also help keep costs down, as well as additional work you might have to do later on down as well.
Write It Down: Put Your Plan on Paper
Draw bubbles to represent the garage or walkways. Draw small designs and pieces to showcase the pool, garden area and so forth. If you just “wing it” you won’t have a clear picture in mind. Make sure you know what you are doing, where to begin, and how the end outcome is actually going to look once you are ready to get started on the backyard project you are working on.
Start in your kitchen and make sure things look good. Walk through the home, spotting where new plants or trees will be. Your home’s outdoor space should look good from the inside as well. You will be looking at it from there quite often. You want that outdoor space to bring you pleasure from inside the home as well, so make sure you do your checks, cross your T’s, and dot your I’s, in order to ensure this is going to be the case when its all said and done.
Fine Tune the Spaces
Zone in and plan to make fixes from one room to the next. Add fences or a green screen for privacy if an area doesn’t have the nicest of views. Consider turning the swings sideways to avoid that afternoon glare, for low impact/limited work, consider trees and plants which require little water and tending to. Make sure you look at the entire space, consider how much work you want to do, and make sure you are planning around everything when you are reconsidering your outdoor space. This will limit what has to be done in the future, and also ensures you are going to be pleased with the final outcome once you have finished working on the backyard area of the home.
Take it in Logical Steps
Work logically and know you don’t have to do it all at once. A great example is if you are going to do work on your deck. If you want to add an outdoor kitchen it would be a good idea to install electric and gas outlets early on, to avoid extra work (and costs) down the road. Make sure you think things through, and work in steps to keep cost down, and also to keep the amount of work you are going to have to do at any given point in the project down as well.
If you are looking for more professional ideas be sure to contact a trusted Landscape Contractor.
For the ideal outdoor backyard retreat, these are a few things to consider as you are creating that perfect outdoor oasis.