How To Design An Outdoor Living Space
Designing your own outdoor living space can be very exciting and overwhelming at the same time. If you need some help to get you started, read on for expert tips.
Determine Your Wants & Needs
Assess your current space and think about what your end goals are. What are you hoping to achieve? What’s on your wishlist? Do you want a defined dining area? A firepit with lots of seating? Perhaps you’d love some stamped concrete and a hot tub. For some assistance, click here to read our blog on the top landscaping ideas for your backyard. Whatever your needs and wants are, jot them down in as much detail as possible.
Choose A Focal Point
Every great landscape has a focal point. To help you choose a focal point in your outdoor space, visualize where you’d like to spend most of your time. If you love to entertain, perhaps your focal point will be a large dining area. From there, you can work your way around your space and complement your focal point with a border, trees, shrubs, and more.
Pick up some magazines, start a Pinterest board, or peruse social media for images that you’d love for your outdoor living space. If you’re the type of person who has a hard time visualizing things that aren’t in front of you, take your time and seek out as much inspiration as you can to help you really hone in on what you like. You can start here by checking out our gallery.
Establish A Budget
Establishing a realistic investment for your project is key to ensuring that your expectations are achievable and that there are no surprises. Speaking with a reputable landscaping company will be very helpful at this stage. It will help you stay on course to getting everything that’s on your wishlist, or help you determine other options that are more achievable.
Add Your Personality
Once you’ve compiled a list of resources and inspiration, it’s time to add your own personality to your dream outdoor space. Do you prefer a minimal, clean, contemporary design or something that’s more classic and laidback? Asking yourself these questions will help you create your ideal space that you’ll love for years to come.
Balance Function & Flair
Achieving the perfect space is a delicate dance between elements that serve a purpose and others that are really nice to look at. For example, we recommend that you create a layout that will work if you have small children or if you intend to age in place. Intricate details and design are not always functional for every lifestyle,
Speak To A Landscape Designer
If you’ve gotten to this point and you’re feeling overwhelmed, or you aren’t sure what to do next, your best option is always to speak to a landscape designer. Our team at Kerr & Kerr Landscaping is experienced in helping homeowners design, build, and maintain outdoor living spaces that stand the test of time. Let us take your stress away and help you with your upcoming projects. Book your free consultation here to get started!