Whether you have a porch, pool, or patio, designing your outdoor space can be one of the best investments you can make to increase the salability of your home. Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy the improvements yourself as you take in nature's beauty and enjoy the ambiance of outdoor living space.
Here are some ideas how to get a great look through a 5-step process.
1. OVERALL DESIGN
Your current conditions will dictate to some extent your overall design. You'll want a seamless transition from your indoor space to your outdoor space so you will want to have it flow and aesthetically match to some degree. Are you going for an Italian Tuscany feel, a Chic Modern look, a Traditional design, or possibly an Eco Natural vibe? Get the overall design nailed down first.
2. CHOOSE YOUR ANCHOR
All outdoor spaces need an anchoring piece and depending on your backyard, it should be obvious for you what that will be. Some of the anchor points could be your roof overhang, your fence, prominent landscape. Or you could build from your roof line, create a free-standing structure, or create a landscape surround. Your whole design may be anchored around a free-standing fireplace - the sky's the limit.
3. CHOOSE YOUR SURFACE / FLOORING
Your flooring will be important to set the tone, the scale, the maintenance schedule, the foundation for everything that comes next. You can choose from pavers, tiles, bricks, stained or stamped concrete, to name just a few. Your overall design will most likely dictate the flooring choice.
4. CHOOSE YOUR LANDSCAPE / SHRUBS / GREENERY
Outdoor spaces look sparse without the natural surrounding of beautiful plants and flowers. You may be planting directly into the ground or setting beautiful large-scale potted plants or a combination of both. Do your research and take into consideration climate conditions, height of the plants, and how many months of the year the plants will stay green and hold their shape. Your best bet is 75% perennials and 25% annuals.
5. FURNITURE & DECOR COMPLETE OUTDOOR SPACE
Here comes the fun part...selecting the furniture and decor that brings the whole scene to life. Your overall design plan will surely come into play here and help set the tone. Don't be afraid to experiment. Go online and look at outdoor art that can withstand the elements - mainly waterproof. There are many options available on the market today. Art, candles, vases, hurricane lamps, special lighting for evening dining and entertainment, colorful cushions and throws - all of it serves to create a beautiful outdoor space. Enjoy the fruits of your labor when it's completed!
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