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Tuesday, January 22 2019
Is your landscaping and outdoor entertainment space ready for an upgrade? Landscaping will increase the overall curb appeal of your home and can actually make your life easier if planned properly! If you’re ready to plan a landscape redesign, we have tips and ideas that will help you through the design and construction process!
DIY or Professional Landscaper?
The first step in tackling a landscaping project is to decide if you should hire a professional landscaper or do-it-yourself. There are benefits to both—if you higher a professional landscaper, you can give him a wish list and he or she can design something to meet your needs. Professional landscapers can be costly, so doing the project yourself could be highly cost-effective. If you save money by doing it yourself, you may have more room in the budget for luxurious materials and unique designs to create the backyard of your dreams!
Wish List & Budget
You should create a list of must-haves that you want included in your new landscape design and outdoor space. You can look for inspiration on websites like Houzz and Pinterest to help brainstorm ideas and narrow down your must-haves. A good way to figure out exactly what you want is to outline how you will use the space and what you want to acheive—will this be a space to host outdoor lunches and afternoon tea, or a space for your children to run around and play, or a space for your dog to get some exercise? Once you decide the functionality of the space, you can start to plan out what amenities you want and need. When you have a list of your top design must-haves, create a budget that is affordable and can include as many of your wants as possible.
Make Life Easier
Everyone has busy lives and worrying about landscape maintenance can add to the stress of household chores and running a family. When designing your new backyard and outdoor space, you may choose a low maintenance design that will mostly take care of itself. Include low maintenance plants that won’t require a lot of water and create an automatic watering system with drip lines and sprinklers to take care of regular water replenishments. You may even consider investing in artificial turf instead of a real lawn to save time and money on lawn maintenance. Click here for more low maintenance backyard ideas.
Include the Patio
Your backyard and landscaping are essentially an extension of your patio space. If you are making the effort to completely redesign your landscaping, you might include your patio in the project. Maybe your patio design only needs a few upgrades to achieve your end goals—consider installing a Bi-Fold Patio Door to connect your home to the outside entertainment area and create an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. With a folding door, you can maximize the views of your newly landscaped yard and easily keep an eye on your children and pets.