From outdoor kitchens and swimming pools to designing the perfect vegetable patch; redesigning your outdoor living space can seem like a challenge. But with plenty of materials, plant species and new technology available to us, it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at the some of the most common outdoor mistakes to avoid to help you on your way to success.
Not thinking about storage
Designing an outdoor space requires you to think carefully about where you’ll put your possessions, particularly when it comes to protecting them from the elements. The type of storage you should acquire will depend on the space you have to work with. From portable storage boxes and sheds for gardening tools, to larger prefabricated steel garages to store your vehicles safely away. Remember to tailor your storage unit to suit your yard, as you’ll want it to improve not impose on your current living space.
Not planning for the environment
It’s always good to support your community by sourcing local materials, but, you’ll also have to think about the impact natural elements may have on your yard’s wear and tear. For example, if you live by the coast you’ll want to choose hard wearing materials and plantlife to withstand the weather. When it comes to plants you’ll need to choose species that can thrive in your local conditions – including your soil type and levels of sunshine.
Thinking small spaces means grey
Even if you’re after a modern, trendy setting, adding plants can uplift a bland environment with a splash of natural color. If you have a small area to work with you may think that you don’t have enough space for unnecessary foliage, but this isn’t the case. Spruce up your yard boundaries with vertical wall gardens. Choose bumblebee-loving florals, evergreen leaves for year-round color and edible herbs for a helpful kitchen aid. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, use low-maintenance plants for to achieve a similar effect.
Forgetting about natural light
Whether you want a shaded lunch spot or a sunny sunbathing terrace, planning is important. In the early stages it’s a good idea to note down the natural positioning of the sun throughout the day. From this you’ll be able to section out your yard areas with natural light in mind. Such as, using the afternoon rays to warm up a swimming pool. As well as this, by working out the natural light position, you’ll be able to find the best position for artificial lighting in dull conditions.
Not designing to your lifestyle
As much as we may love a lavish outdoor kitchen, if you live in a rainy area, it’s going to be wasted. In this modern age there are plenty of ways around having a high class garden with little to no maintenance. For example, artificial grass is becoming extremely popular for those who would rather shy away from mowing the lawn. The point is to design your outdoor space with you in mind. If you’re working all hours and have a busy family to manage, you’re not going to have time to maintain your flower beds. If this is the case, look into low-maintenance materials, plants and furniture to design a garden you’ll love.