Finally going through with that backyard makeover you’ve been dreaming of? We’re glad to hear it! Now is where the fun begins. Before thinking about the products, or the contractor, you need to think about the style you want for your outdoor living space. This step is an important one because it needs to be based on your needs and lifestyle. In fact, different backyard designs require different degrees of maintenance. In this article, we will be breaking down four styles: Modern, Traditional, Rustic and Eclectic, while showing you what you need to take into consideration before selecting your match!
First things first: What are your needs?
Before anything else, you need to ask yourself what you want out of this space you’re renovating. Is it for the kids to play around in? For you to relax? A space for entertaining? Or a little bit of all three? How you use your outdoor living space will help you identify what needs to be done to it. Furthermore, determine the degree of maintenance you’re willing to put in. Some homeowners love working in the yard, whereas others hate it. This is an important step because you need to design an outdoor living room that best suits you.
Find your inspiration
Once you have a better idea of what you want or need out of this backyard makeover, you can start exploring backyard design ideas. Pinterest and Houzz are two great platforms to do so. Scroll around, create some mood boards, and paint a picture of your desired aesthetic. Furthermore, as discussed in the previous paragraph, the preferred degree of maintenance is important to keep in mind during the inspiration process. If you’re more of the low maintenance type, think of a more modern landscape design. On the contrary, if you love working in the yard, in the garden, think of following a more traditional landscape design plan.
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Consider the old before going in with the new
Before understanding the extent of your backyard makeover, it’s important to know what can be saved and what must be fixed. We recommend you take a walk around your yard to see what you like and don’t like about the space. Make a list of what you want to keep and what you want to renovate. Do you have a lovely rose garden that is being devoured by surrounding wildlife? Consider adding in a fence. Adding a little new to save the old! This will essentially help you draw up a plan of your renovation that you can later discuss with your contractor or landscape designer.
Modern Landscape Design
When considering style, it is important to consider the maintenance required for each one. Modern design is defined by clean edges and an uncluttered look. It is characterized by paver patios with a few planters here and there, mostly all potted. As put in this HGTV article, modern backyard design has much more to do with materials than it does with plants. This style is all about low maintenance. Say goodbye to hours of upkeep, mowing the grass and taking care of the garden! This style suits those who love a minimalist, sleek look without all the hassle. It is also defined by pale colors, monochromatic looks and plants that require little attention, such as Japanese boxwoods, bamboo, foxtail ferns and mountain laurels. If you’ve gone through the previous steps in this article and have determined that you’re looking to create a low-maintenance outdoor living space, a modern design is for you! When choosing your modern patio pavers, think of sleek, large-scale and monochromatic colors. Our Industria smooth patio slab is a great option, as is our new Everest patio slab. Also, our new Industria Triangle paver is the ultimate modern patio paver for your next design! Discover its three textures and start designing the landscape of your dreams!
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Traditional Landscape Design
On the other side of the spectrum, you will find traditional backyard design. This style is characterized by natural stone and plush gardens. If you search for traditional landscape designs on Pinterest or Houzz, you will discover hundreds of pictures featuring quaint English-style courtyards, stepping stones and large gardens filled with a wide variety of plants and flowers. To the contrary of modern design, traditional design promotes natural spaces and vows to create an outdoor living room within the natural surroundings. You will find paver patios, but they will have the appearance of natural stone and will be surrounded by overgrown foliage, giving the appearance that you are sitting in the great outdoors. It goes without saying that a traditional landscape requires a lot of maintenance. The more gardens, plants and flowers you have, the more you need to maintain them. If you’re the Martha Stewart type and love to spend hours of fun in the yard, trimming plants and taking care of your flowers, then traditional design is the style for you! Maybe throw in a garden fountain for an extra enchanted garden feel.
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A little bit of both
So far, we've presented you with either Modern or Traditional landscape designs. However, what if you're somewhere in the middle? Introducing Rustic Chic! This style is characterized by a desire for natural elements that are low-maintenance. In these spaces, you will find natural looking products made of concrete, such as natural stone lookalike pavers, slabs and retaining walls, as well as wood lookalike concrete stones. It's really a win-win. You get your natural elements without having to maintain them! In a Rustic-Chic exterior, you will find a mix of concrete patio and grass, again mixing nature and minimal maintenance spaces. You will also find gardens in planters built with natural looking retaining wall stones. Sure, you'll have to tend to the garden and mow the grass, but the idea here is reducing maintenance time. The concrete to grass/garden ratio should be 1:1.
To sum up, the style you choose will depend on your needs and lifestyle. If you follow these simple steps, there’s no room for error.
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