Coming up with ideas for the design of your backyard can feel overwhelming. After all, it’s not like the options are all that limited. You can use the space for almost anything — from dining to entertaining to catching a few extra Z’s.
Whether you’re considering a few updates or a complete overhaul to your backyard, there are a number of things you should keep in mind when planning out the space. It’ll ensure you get the most use of the outdoors without ever compromising its look and feel.
- Make an entrance. You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression, so ask yourself, “What does the entry to my backyard say about the space?” That rusty old gate barely hanging on by its hinges can totally ruin an otherwise great view. A rose-laden arbor, on the other hand, can create as a welcoming entry for guests.
- Cozy up a corner. Not everything needs to be built up against your home. In fact, arbors, pergolas, and gazebos often make much more of an impact when designed as stand-alone structures. Plan an architectural element in the corner of your backyard with a seating or dining area tucked amid a few planting beds.
- Carve out a retreat. Don’t look at a sloping backyard as nothing but wasted space. You can always terrace an area of it with a sunken patio to dine with friends, kick back with a book, or even roast marshmallows over a built-in fire pit. Plus, that stonewall to keep the hillside in place works well for some extra seating.
- Go with the flow. If an area of your backyard has drainage problems that lead to erosion or runoff, embrace it by converting the space into a water feature. Sure, it’ll probably take some excavating, but the rain will no longer cause your yard to wash away — and you’ll, of course, end up with a relaxing focal point for the outdoors.
- Deck the outdoors. Wood decking has a way of making any size backyard both warm and inviting. It also provides another opportunity to play with levels by creating a multi-tiered, multi-purpose outdoor living space. Add some built-in seating to add even more sophistication to the backyard.
- Improve the view. Anyone with a deck knows how unsightly its underbelly can get. Try camouflaging the base with planting beds and borders. Plant taller perennials like Black-eyed Susans, Russian sage, or ornamental grass toward the back, and fill in with shorter plants like Lenten rose, hardy geraniums, or knee-high coneflowers at the edge.
- Build something useful. Good design, as they say, marries form with function. You can just as easily incorporate a garden shed or greenhouse into the design of your backyard as any other feature we’ve listed by making it a focal point — and, of course, designing it to work with look and feel of the space.
- Leave room to play. Homeowners with kids should leave room in the backyard for play. But this doesn’t mean you have to compromise the look or feel of the space. Instead of a store-bought jungle gym that can become an eyesore, build a custom playhouse or teepee that works with the design of your backyard.
If you’d like to discuss your design ideas for your outdoor space — or any other space, for that matter — please feel free to contact Fair & Square Remodeling today. A member of our team would be more than happy to offer suggestions.