For most of us in the northern hemisphere, we’re currently in the throws of winter and so we’re probably not using our outside spaces as much as we’d like. Well, if that is you but you’re thinking about making a change for the summer, then now is the perfect time to do it.
A good facelift for your garden doesn’t just revitalize your outside spaces, but it can work wonders on your mental health and create a more functional space in your home that your family will love too.
So, in the spirit of forward-thinking, we’re going to give you a few things to think about when redesigning your outside space. Remember that all improvements you make to your home can have a positive impact on the value of your home, so it’s a project well worth taking on – and doing properly.
Let’s do this!
It doesn’t matter how much space you have available, clever thinking, creative planning, and smart positioning can make a small space seem much bigger, so think about that too.
OK, with that being said, let’s begin.
First, make design choices based on your lifestyle. So many people make the mistake of going for the slickest or most sophisticated spaces just because they look good, and then discover that those expensive fittings and finishes are just not compatible for a household with 3 toddlers. So play around with designs that still hold a strong aesthetic, but that work for you, not against.
You can try out free patio design software to trial a few mental ideas before making any permanent decisions.
Then, choose the right type and kind of plants that make sense for your location and environment, but also – plant the type of garden that you know you can maintain after the landscapers have left! Sure, that super tropical garden in the magazine looks awesome – but do you know how much work that’s going to take?
Now, when you have your design, you’ve given some thought to foliage and you have something of an idea of what kind of furniture you’re after, it’s a good idea to look at all of these design components together and testing that image against your style goals. If you have a family living at home, involve them in this process and if you have teenagers that enjoy active and sporty lives, think about including some of these elements into your design too.
You can find some inspiration, here.
Creating a flow between the interior of your home that extends to the exterior will instantly give you the impression and feel of having more space and that’s what your family will enjoy or if you’re the single but upwardly mobile type, your friends will adore on cocktail nights.
Of course, we’re big believers in planning properly for any significant home improvement investments you’re planning on making. So take the time to set up a budget once you know what you want and then balance that against what you can afford and set yourself a timeline to achieve it.
Your reward system will thank you, and your “living my best life” system, will adore you.