Your backyard design is just as important as your home’s design. Not only that it is the first thing about your home that your visitors see, but it is also the area where you can relax and reconnect with nature after your busy and tiring days at work.
So, whether your yard just needs new plantings or a complete refresh, your first landscaping project can be a little bit intimidating. If you have never handled a landscape design before, you might be overwhelmed by all the things you need to consider when planning your yard.
Imagine that you must redesign a room inside your home. That sounds a lot easier, right? Well, we bet that your answer will be “not exactly”. Wesley Ward, Head of Marketing at Hausera performed a consumer survey in 2019. Their findings were helpful. “The top three challenges for kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room renovations in the last two years among respondents were: 1) Staying on budget (41%), 2) Finding the right professionals (39%) and 3) Funding the projects (33%).”
So, both home and backyard renovation projects can be challenging. However, they somehow work on the same principles:
Understand the area
What would be the first thing you would do if you had to renovate a room? Most probably, determine the size of it and all the other factors that may influence your project such as free space. The same goes for your backyard too. you must first get to know the property before you start planning your landscaping design.
When it comes to your backyard, however, you must determine things such as the size of it, the type of soil, the climate of your area, and the elements that already exist in your garden such as trees or plants. Next, you will be able to determine what types of plants you can use in your project.
Use borrowed views
Using borrowed views in your landscaping project is more of a pro tip from expert landscape designers. It is a lot easier than you would think and the results can lead to a spectacular view in your backyard.
If you were to renovate a room inside your home, you would certainly not want to cover the windows because the view is stunning. So, for your backyard, you should also use this principle. Let’s imagine, for example, that your neighbor has a spectacular large tree in their garden. Wouldn’t it be a pity to cover that view with a high fence? Instead, you can find a way to incorporate that view in your landscaping project.
Create an experience
When it comes to landscaping projects, landscape architects advise us to aim to create an experience in our backyards. What do you want to achieve when you redecorate your bedroom, for example? Most probably an area that provides comfort and relaxation.
So, for your backyard, you also need to determine what you want it to inspire. Will it be more like a garden or a corner of nature where you can relax and enjoy the fresh air? There are many elements that can help you create a yard that will give an outstanding experience such as swimming pools, fountains, or fire pits. These elements will create a full experience rather than just something pleasant to see.
Your first landscaping project may seem intimidating. However, it all comes to determining your needs and wants from your backyard and creating an inspiring area that will strengthen your connection to nature.