We tend to give the interior of our home a lot of attention. After all, that’s where we need a lot of practical living space. But curb appeal is one of the most important features for homes on the market, and a highly functional backyard can add beauty, relaxation, and the feeling of extra square footage to your property. When it comes to backyard remodeling or patio remodeling, there are some important guidelines to follow. Although you should feel free to come up with some backyard design ideas that you feel will be beneficial for you and your family, working with a home improvement contractor can ensure your backyard and patio design ideas will look great and make sense. After all, 51% of homeowners who upgrade their outdoor spaces spend six hours or more there each week — so you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure it’s somewhere you want to be. In order to do that, here are a few dos and don’ts you should follow.
- Think ahead
Before investing in a gorgeous garden, consider whether you’re willing to put in the time and effort to maintain it properly. If you’re happy to devote your energy to it, then go ahead and work with your home improvement contractor to make it happen. But if you want to enjoy your backyard oasis with little to no maintenance, make sure that’s incorporated into your design and that features that require a lot of upkeep are left out.
- Highlight a focal point
Every backyard needs a strong central focus. That might be a beautiful tile patio, a fountain, a fire pit, a large tree, a swing, or a pond. Whatever element you choose should draw you in and make your space feel special. You don’t have to choose something overly grandiose or go nuts with multiple focal points, but your yard should have an interesting feature that makes the space far more interesting than just a well-manicured lawn.
- Stick to one style
You should think of your backyard as an extension of your home. If your design is drastically different from that of your home, it can be jarring to guests. Your home and backyard should make visual sense together. In addition, make sure your yard itself has the same style throughout. While it’s okay to mix some stylistic elements, a mish-mosh can look like a total mess. In general, one style will look much more streamlined and will add more value to your home.
- Forget the lighting
Nighttime lighting is an important part of any backyard design. Not only can it provide better safety and security for your family and your home, but it can also create an inviting atmosphere for year-round enjoyment. You can draw extra attention to a feature you love or provide lighting along pathways. It will make your backyard a comfortable place people want to spend time in.
- Discount native species
It’s always a great idea to utilize plants that are native to your area and grow well in your climate. Your plants will thrive and you’ll be able to display local pride in your design. Your home improvement contractor or local garden store expert can help you determine which native plants will work best with your design and your needs. If you’re looking for plants to skip, avoid using invasive species. While exotic plants may look nice, they won’t last nearly as long and won’t be as good of an investment.
- Feel pressured to go for luxury
Above all, you should feel your backyard design ideas will look great and be a worthwhile investment. Think carefully about what you intend to do in your backyard. If you already cook outside often and live in a location where you can do so for most of the year, an outdoor kitchen or big barbecue might not be a bad idea. But if you mostly want to sit down and relax while outside, don’t feel like you have to sign off on every costly feature. Choose the options that make sense for your family’s activities. Our home improvement contractors can work with you to choose the investments that work for your wants and needs.
To find out more about creating your own backyard paradise, contact Blain Companies today!