The warmer months are coming, and if your outdoor space is not as inviting as you might like, it might be time to make some changes. Designing an outdoor space that you’ll look forward to spending time in doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank. The essential elements for a beautiful outdoor area are the same at any price point.
Define the Living Area
Regardless of the size of your space, define the living area through the use of patios, decks and/or furniture. Take out a sketchbook or a piece of paper and map out how you would like your backyard to look. Take note of the places in your yard that get more sunlight and where it stays more shady. This will help when you are choosing flowers/shrubs. You don’t want to plant Lavendar where the sun doesn’t pass over, but a Begonia will do just fine.
Use landscaping and pots to add color and texture to your space. Use seasonal plants for color as well as larger evergreens and trees to add contrast and year-round foliage. I know planters and trees can be SUPER expensive, so keep an eye out for tree sales in/around your neighborhood. Charlotte often has tree donation events and depending on the county you live in, you can pick up one or two. Planters are also sold through avenues like NextDoor, Facebook Marketplace, and OfferUp. I’ve even seen Yard Sales that are begging for their planters to be taken home.
Nothing is more relaxing than the sound of water. From extravagant water falls to simple table-top fountains, water features are a must for every outdoor space. If that is still a stretch, get out your blue tooth speaker and play some relaxing “Rushing Creek” or “Rainy Day” tracks. Haha!
Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are extremely popular. With a wide variety of pre-fabricated options, every outdoor area can include a warm, inviting flame. Enjoy your outdoor space during the colder months with a fire feature. A firepit can be an extremely easy D.I.Y. project. I’ve found some beautiful, small alternatives for fire pits, but keep in mind that if you live in a neighborhood with an HOA there might be restrictions on having a potential fire hazard within a certain distance from your home. Call your friendly Board of Members or crack open that CC&R’s manual that you hoped you’d never need. Never hurts to double check.
The ultimate outdoor experience is one of the best features of the modern home. By incorporating a few simple elements to your outdoor space, you can create an inviting area that you and your guests will enjoy.