Get out there and enjoy the outdoors. Take in a breath of fresh air. We have so many different phrases that all boil down to the same thing – being outside amongst nature is a great thing and we should all be doing more of it. This is true for those in small apartments and those in big houses alike. The only difference is that those in bottom-floor apartments or who have full-sized properties with their backyards don’t have to go very far at all to soak in all that nature has to offer – at least if their backyards are done up.
If your space is currently a green strip that doesn’t get much action, try out these top design ideas to breathe new life into your outdoor space this year.
Upgrade the Fence
First things first, the frame. Your fence can be a beautiful addition, or it can be an eyesore you’re desperate to hide. By investing in the fence, you can not only choose an option that looks fantastic but also adheres to your local bylaws. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, either. You can then add short partition walls or carry up a unique idea around your patio and so on to draw the eye and subdivide your outdoor space. If you plan on matching your fence to your railing and patio, however, you must choose a single contractor to do the job since they’ll be able to coordinate with their suppliers easily. These top Chesterfield fence builders also build decks, letting you quickly put together a flowing design that draws the eye up and through your garden.
Decking, Patios, and Living Spaces
For the most part, you’ll be designing the decking, patio, or other living spaces alongside your fences, railings, and partition walls. Try to think about how you’d use the space. While you may think the idea of having an outdoor kitchen is a good one, it isn’t always practical or enjoyable. Similarly, if you don’t enjoy eating outside because of bugs, then an outdoor dining area isn’t for you. You can add chairs, sofas, dining, cooking, bartending and more, but just try to be realistic with what you’d use the space for. If you have a massive budget and a huge yard, then you can shoot for the moon, but if every penny counts, you’ll want to make sure your design suits the way you live most.
Next Up, the Big Boys
Trees and large shrubbery are next up on the docket. These are perfect for adding shade and privacy to your property and should follow along the frame of your yard space. You can use them to subdivide your yard as well like you’d otherwise do with a partition wall. The key here is that they do, in many ways, act like walls of their own. Sure, you can see through them most of the time, but they’re large, and they take up a lot of visual space. By using trees as a second form of privacy wall and as a way to naturally keep your patio and even house shaded, you can also keep utility costs low and outdoor enjoyment levels high.
Shrubs and Flowers to Decorate
Think of small shrubs and flowers as decoration (and a great way to support the environment). You can add these in between your trees and larger shrubs, in pots and planters, or even train certain species, like roses over arches or even your external walls. There are so many ways you can truly make the space feel magical but do keep in mind when it comes to training flowers or vines that these things take time and dedication.