With the start of spring and summer comes warm weather, long days, and the perfect time to transform your backyard into your own personal oasis. But with so many options, it can quickly become overwhelming designing one that's perfect for you and your family. To help, we've put together some tips to make the process a bit easier. Whether you're designing a plan for the first time or working to update an outdoor space that came when you purchased your home, these will help make sure you're utilizing every inch perfectly.
5 Tips to Help You Design Your Backyard
- Know Your Yard: Every space is different. Whether it's knowing which areas get the most sun versus the most shade, which areas have changes in elevation or poor drainage, you'll want to make sure you understand all of these traits in order to fully take advantage of them.
- Pick a Focal Point: To make the next step a bit easier, you'll want to determine where you want the main focus of your backyard to be. This should be the place that draws the eye as soon as you enter your yard. Some ideas could be a pool, a sculpture, a covered patio or pergola for seating, a fireplace, or a lush vegetable garden.
- Create a Design: You want to set your project up for success, and the best way to do this is to go into it with a plan. Do you want to grow vegetables? Maybe you're looking for a place where friends and family can gather? Or a mix of both! Answering these questions, along with making a basic sketch on paper centered around your focal point, will help you turn the ideas in your mind into a finished project.
- Choose the Right Plants: Before purchasing any plants, it's important to do some research on the ones that will be the perfect addition to your yard. While native plants are a great first choice, you'll also want to check and see how often they'll need to be watered and if they prefer direct or indirect sunlight.
- Don't Forget the Lighting: To create that special ambiance (and help increase safety) when the sun goes down, you'll want to focus on adding the right lighting fixtures. For accent lighting, consider soft, warm lights like string lights.
Remember, your entire project doesn't have to be done in a day. Patience is key here. But taking that first step and following these tips will soon have you creating a space that welcomes anyone who enters.