Landscaping Adds Living Space
If you thought landscaping was keeping the yard mowed, leaves raked, and planting a few bushes, think again. Having a beautifully landscaped yard can add a second living space where your family can enjoy spending quality time, along with adding value to your home.
Landscaping Sets The Mood
Landscaping, if done well, is both an art and a science. It is a combining of both nature and man-made structures and takes a true eye for design. Aside from covering up the negative aspects of your yard and adding aesthetic appeal, landscaping can also offer privacy from your neighbors, affect mood changes, lessen noise from foot or road traffic, and have heating and cooling effects.
Determine What You Have To Work With
When first imagining your own backyard oasis, it is important to take stock of what is already there. What are the permanent structures, both man-made and natural, such as decks, fences, patios, pools, trees, soil, shrubs, rocks, etc.? Then consider the different and desired uses for your yard. Do you want to make an area for your children to play in or leave a grassy area for your dog? Are there places you want to gain more privacy from neighbors or lessen the noise of nearby traffic? Do you want to create quiet spaces for reading or sunning and other spaces for entertaining? What about a vegetable garden?
Green space Is An Important Element
Green space and plants are a large part of landscaping, and along with this comes consideration of both specific plant and location. Not all plants are created equal. Some need more sunlight to survive than others. In the same way, some are more drought-resistant than others. Both climate and the impact of your chosen plants on your home's water system are vitally important. If you are concerned with the up-keeping, native species are always a good choice, because after adapting to their environment for hundreds of years, they require little maintenance.
Integrate Everything Together
But landscaping is not just about plants. Pebbles, stones, tiles, lighting, ponds, fountains, patios, walkways, and structures like pergolas and gazebos can all add design elements to your space. Free-standing pergolas have been in use in gardens since ancient Egypt and Rome but really came into popularity during the Renaissance. These allow for the blending of elements by things like vines climbing through the lattice.
Need Help Figuring it All Out? The ideas are endless, but you don't want to get too carried away. Balance is important in design. You don't want your yard looking
overcrowded. If this seems tempting, but overwhelming, it is best to hire a contractor with experience. Custom Built has designed and built thousands of deck projects. They have the experience and the creativity to make your project a reality. Just call Michael today for ideas!
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