Looking for landscaping ideas, but not sure what options would work best for your space? Whether you have a small, medium, or large backyard, here are ways to create a stylish makeover while maximizing the use of your square footage.
Landscaping ideas for small spaces
Having a small backyard doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on the look and feel of your design. Check out these 3 ways to create an inviting atmosphere in a small environment.
1. Opt for multi-functional features
A space-saving idea that looks great is opting for a fire pit that doubles up as a table. At night, you get to enjoy a warm ambiance by the flickering flames and during the day, you can place a lid on top of the fire pit so that the unit can be used as a patio table.
If you want to add seating while making the most out of your space, you may want to consider choosing a few small furniture pieces rather than one large piece that can make your backyard look crowded. For example, picking a 2-seater bench with a small table will make your space look elegant while remaining functional.
2. Create a vertical garden
Growing plants while saving space is easier than you think. Add a few vertical planters to grow your favorite veggies and herbs or invest in vining plants to add an element of greenery in your backyard. When vining plants are grown on vertical supports, rather than allowed to sprawl on the ground, they take up less room and allow you to make use of space where you normally wouldn’t grow anything such as walls or fences. It’s a great option if you get limited sunlight so that you can strategically position your planters where you do get sun, such as in your driveway or hanging from a balcony. They are also easier to maintain since weeds and soilborne diseases are rare.
3. Install a small dipping pool
Having a small backyard doesn't mean that you can’t have a pool. Instead of installing a full-sized swimming pool, you can keep refreshed on those hot summer days by opting for a small dipping pool. They are perfect for lounging and relaxing and offer a level of intimacy that large pools don’t provide. They are also easier to maintain and a great starting point if you want to teach your kids how to swim. Got a long narrow yard? Explore the idea of incorporating a modern lap pool in which you can exercise or float in.
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Landscaping ideas for medium-sized spaces
Got a backyard big enough to implement a few landscaping elements without compromising on space? Here are a few ideas:
1. Create a multi-functional backyard
The beauty of working with a medium-sized space is that you can create an environment that serves you during the day and in the evening. If you love to host parties and entertain, you can build a custom kitchen and dining area that is perfect for summer barbecues with friends and family. Make sure to incorporate elements that fit your style and needs to create the perfect day set up. If you prefer a more relaxing environment, consider adding lounge chairs or investing in a pool to create the backyard oasis of your dreams.
For a cozy night set up, add an element of fire by installing a fire pit or fireplace. No matter which route you decide to take, be sure to not overpopulate your backyard with too many design ideas. Choosing only a few elements will make your space feel less crowded and look more sophisticated.
2. Install a raised patio
Choose a design idea that will make your entire family happy by installing a raised patio that will leave room for your kids to play on the ground level. This allows you to have a space to incorporate a swing set or a pool for your children to enjoy while you can host dinner parties or barbecues on the raised portion of your yard. The best part of opting for a raised patio is that it creates a family-friendly environment, maximizes the use of your space, and helps define areas.
3. Incorporate a fire pit
Fire pits are a great element that you can enjoy all year long. Create a custom fire pit or choose from our pre-packaged kits to establish a warm and inviting ambiance. You can also install a curved bench around your fire pit to make the most out of your space and add a touch of design. If you’re looking for a high-quality fire pit with a long-burning flame that you can ignite with the push of a button, check out our Warming Trends burners.
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Landscaping ideas for large spaces
A big backyard means big ideas can come to life. If you’re lucky enough to have a large space to work with, the possibilities are endless. Here are some of our favorite landscaping options:
1. Install a pool and an outdoor shower
Pools are fun to enjoy during the day but can also look great at night if you add lighting around them. Relax by yourself with your favorite drink in the evening surrounded by warm lights, go for a swim with friends and family, or have a playdate during the day for your kids. Opting for pool landscaping ideas will guarantee fun for everyone. You can also install an outdoor shower to rinse off before entering the house without dirtying your home.
2. Design a backyard made for entertaining
Create a multi-functional backyard that you can enjoy all year long, equipped with custom features. The advantage of having a large space is that you can create smaller spaces that serve different functions. For example, you can invest in a fire pit with custom benches that can be enjoyed at night while also choosing to dedicate some of your space to build a custom kitchen and dining area to show off your cooking skills during the day. To create a relaxing ambiance, consider adding a lounge area suitable for conversations.
3. Build a custom outdoor kitchen
Custom kitchens can transform your experience by allowing you to entertain your family and guests outdoors. They also expand your living space by enabling you to cook meals outside, without missing any of the action. If you love entertaining, they can serve as an outdoor bar for your guests while you are cooking. Design the ultimate fancy dining experience by incorporating a statement piece such as a pizza oven. The Forno pizza oven is a durable option that lets you bake your favorite crispy brick oven crust pizza directly on the cooking stone.
4. Add walkways
Connect different areas in your backyard to create a nice flow between various spaces with walkways. Walkways make your backyard design look put together and organize your environment. They also allow you to create a focal point in your designs by creating a path that highlights different elements such as a water feature, fire pit, or garden.
If your property is built on a hill or uneven ground, you can install stepping stones to easily and safely walk around your home. You can go for a sleek look by adding our Blu Grande Smooth slabs which are the perfect paving slabs for modern poolsides and backyard design. For a more rustic feel that blends in with the natural environment surrounding your home, check out our Röcka stone steps or Borealis stepping stones.
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