Your backyard should your own private escape after a long day. Whether you want a quiet Zen garden, a beautiful, lush garden, and multi-level deck delight, or a play structure/tree house that’s the envy of the neighbourhood, the only limit is your imagination. With so many options, where do you start? Weighing the following questions could help you focus your design ideas.
Do you have children?
If you have kids then likely you will want to spend time playing in your backyard and making it a friendly space for all to share. With summer fast approaching and the school year almost over, spending time outside can be a lifesaver. Consider how you want to divide your space to provide for children’s play areas while allowing some space for the adults to enjoy. Having a healthy, green lawn is a great way to provide a multi-purpose space usable for kicking a ball around or lounging in the sun.
How big is your backyard?
You will be restricted with what you can do by how much space you have to work with. Whether you live in a sprawling country estate or a modest suburban townhome, you can make it work! If you have ample space then you can entertain having more options such as a larger deck, garden, and maybe even a pool! If you have a smaller backyard, you may need to narrow down your wish list however that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. The landscape designers at Hansen can design and build the backyard of your dreams, no matter the size.
How much work are you willing to do each year?
For those who love to garden, a backyard private flower garden can be a dream come true. However for those who may enjoy the sight of beautiful flowers but aren’t too keen on the continuous upkeep, a garden may not be in your best interest. Knowing what you like, and more specifically what you don’t like, is an important part of designing your backyard space. Once you have a flower garden built and ready, it can easily get overrun with weeds and look unsightly if proper care is not taken. The horticulture experts at Hansen can recommend low-maintenance plants, or you can take advantage of our maintenance services for your garden, trees, and flower beds.
Does your yard get enough sun?
You may have noticed that some lawns grow to be nicer than others. You could do the exact same lawn care as the house down the street but produce vastly different results. This could be because of something completely out of your control, the sun. Sun is an important part of any healthy lawn. If yours does not get enough sun, then it’s lacking a key part that sadly can’t be replicated. If your lawn is not producing due to lack of sunlight, it may be time to explore other options such as patio stones or a rock garden.
A backyard can be your private getaway, and creative control over your space gives the opportunity for creativity and individuality to shine through. Design a backyard that works for you and your family and get outside and enjoy it!