Over half (51%) of homeowners upgrading their outdoor living spaces spend six or more hours there each week. Because they spend so much time there, it is essential that the space is conducive to their lifestyle.
One of the biggest landscaping mistakes people make when installing features like outdoor patios and outdoor firepits is to plop them down wherever it seems easiest and least expensive. This is what landscape designers call “feature-scaping,” and it doesn’t take into consideration how the homeowner will actually interact with the space and the feature. Oftentimes, when purpose and function are overlooked, the result is less than satisfactory.
To avoid “feature-scaping” and to properly utilize your outdoor space, here are three helpful landscaping tips:
- Practice the indoor-outdoor transition
Think about the activities you do on a daily basis and the activities you plan to do with your new outdoor space. Where will you need to walk to get from one place to another during that activity? For instance, if you intend to use your outdoor space to serve meals and entertain guests, consider the journey from the kitchen to the patio. Think about it this way — when you’re designing a house, you wouldn’t put your kitchen on one floor and your dining room on another, would you? So why would you want to put a lot of space between your kitchen and your outdoor eating area.
- Consider the view
When you gaze out your dining room window, what do you want to see? If you had yet another set of tables and chairs for dining and a grill for cooking, wouldn’t that seem a little redundant? Wouldn’t you prefer to see an inviting space with soft cushions for after-dinner drinks or a cozy outdoor firepit for s’mores and hot cider? A deck with a grill and eating area might be better suited for the outdoor space off of your kitchen. A lovely flower garden would be the ideal view from your bedroom window, don’t you think?
- Give yourself enough room
Don’t underestimate the space you will need for a comfortable deck or patio. If your deck only fits a table and four chairs, your guests are going to feel cramped. Make sure people will be able to push their chairs back from the table without causing a major roadblock.
There’s a reason landscaping is considered an art. It takes a lot of forethought, skill, and creativity. If you need help creating the perfect outdoor space, hire a landscape design company to make your outdoor living space a paradise.