Outdoor areas are often the last to receive design attention, but they shouldn’t be. What surrounds your home is just as important as what is in it. Whether it is the manicured front lawn, the infinity edge pool in the back or the rose garden just outside the home office, these spaces benefit from the same attention to detail as any bathroom or kitchen . Well designed landscapes complement the home's architecture and design, giving the home a story that can be read inside and out. By carrying your design style outdoors, you can turn a patio, deck, or even a balcony into another room of the house.
In the backyard, plan space for your lifestyle by incorporating ample seating, outdoor tables, cushions covered in outdoor fabrics, play areas, eating spots and sunning areas. Many outdoor spaces have become quite elaborate, including seating areas, fireplaces and fire pits, barbecue counters, full-size kitchens and dining areas. If you have a pool, you may want to incorporate a cabana. Or you may create a basketball court or a spot for bocce ball or croquet. Even if your space isn’t that elaborate, you can still create a relaxing spot for lounging and entertaining.
Popular garden features include pergolas, patios, garden paths, outdoor lighting, container gardens, garden sheds and cottages, raised beds, vegetable gardens, birdbaths and feeders, and beautiful borders. New interest in edible gardening, water conservation and befriending wildlife has led to innovative designs for vegetable gardens, permeable paving, organic gardening and native plants. In the front yard, paved, stone and brick paths, thriving garden borders and lighting add curb appeal and increase the value of your home.