Every homeowner deserves to have a space where they can go to relax and unwind. For many, their backyard is often this place. Designing a backyard that meets your needs and wants can be well worth the investment, especially as we continue to spend more time at home.
Whether it’s winter or summer, it’s never too early to start planning out the design for your outdoor living space. Doing this early on will also give you enough time to start saving, schedule out professional services, and apply for financing options like a home equity loan or credit card. It’s important to have plans set ahead of time in order to successfully complete your design within your budget and before your deadline.
Rather than putting off your to-do list for the last minute, take a personal inventory of your yard’s current landscaping, lighting options, and entertainment opportunities so you can make the most of your oasis and ensure it fits your specific lifestyle needs. Here are a few tips to help you design your own outdoor living space for 2021:
Having a well-landscaped backyard will enhance the experience you and your guests have while spending time there. Incorporating a mixture of trees to provide shade, flowers to add color and beauty, and pavers to section off walkways can add depth to your backyard.
It’s important that you work with a professional to get an expert opinion on which landscaping features work best for your space. They can help you plan out the best design and instruct you on how to properly take care of each plant that they put in. Not all plants will thrive in the environment where you live, which is why planning out your landscaping prior to starting the design is crucial.
One of the most important aspects of any backyard design is ensuring that there is enough privacy. There are many privacy options to choose from including shrubbery, trees, or fencing. In some cases, such as owning a pool, it may even be a legal necessity to have a fence. These privacy features allow you to enjoy your backyard comfortably without feeling exposed.
Investing in a fence for your property can be costly, which is why many individuals opt for more natural options like shrubs and trees. Not only are these good for privacy but they can also be great for the environment and offer natural shade from the sun during warmer summer months.
If you plan to spend time in your backyard during the nighttime, you’ll want to consider adding plenty of lighting options into your design. Proper lighting can help you avoid tripping hazards at night and provide you with enough lighting to see what you are cooking on the grill or eating at the table. Good lighting helps set a mood for your backyard and allows you to incorporate your individualistic design style and desired color scheme.
You may want to consider using solar lights in your outdoor space. Solar lights can help you save on your electricity bills while also reducing your carbon footprint. With a multitude of solar products available for these lighting options, you’re sure to find one that’s within your budget.
The area that you live in can greatly affect the way your backyard should be designed. Planning for the typical weather conditions in your area could mean a variety of features that should be either included or excluded. For areas with lots of rain or heavy snow, enclosed areas that offer shelter from these conditions allow homeowners to enjoy their backyard year-round.
On the contrary, for areas that receive a lot of direct sunlight, it’s important to use materials that are protected against harsh sun rays. Using a material like Trex Decking is beneficial in protecting your deck against a wide variety of weather conditions and environmental factors. This material is built to withstand these damages for years longer than other building materials.
During these times of harsh weather conditions, it can also be useful to have storage spaces incorporated into the layout. Building a shed on the property or storage underneath your deck will provide you with a location to store items that need to be removed during certain seasons to avoid damage.
Whether you’re unwinding by the pool or reading a book on the deck, you need a comfortable place to do so. Adding a variety of seating options helps service the needs you have in order to enjoy this area. Options to include in your design might be an outdoor dining set for family dinners, a hammock for relaxation, or lounge chairs that can be used by the pool or fire pit.
If you’re using a deck as the main focal point of your outdoor living space, consider working with a professional design expert when building your new deck. They can provide you with a consultation that outlines the best ways to increase the available seating capacity on your deck through specific features or expansions.
When planning the features you want your backyard to include, don’t leave anything out. Most projects are worth the investment that you put into them. Specific features such as decks, outdoor kitchens, or pools can be more attractive to buyers and could increase the value of your home if you ever sell in the future. Plus, you can even improve your pool deck by enhancing the surface of your concrete floors through a specialty concrete coatings service to tie the area together. Investing in features similar to these now is highly likely to pay off someday on the market. The sky is the limit!
Focus on making this space an area your whole family can enjoy. Installing an outdoor movie screen or a fun playground allows your kids to make full use of the backyard also. Spending quality time together as a family doesn’t have to be stressful. Laying under the stars while everyone’s favorite movie plays is a great way to connect and enjoy each other’s company.
No matter what features you decide to include in your backyard design, make sure that this is the outdoor living space you’ve always dreamed of. As we continue to stay at home together as a family, it’s important that we have a place that we can spend time in to relax and unwind.
At Webfoot Painting, we want all of your upcoming projects to be successful, however, if you happen to need a little help, we’re here for you. We have extensive experience in more than just painting; we can help with all your carpentry and concrete coating needs as well. All of our estimates are free and we can provide virtual and contactless consultations; just fill out our contact form and a member of our friendly staff will contact you.