What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “custom-built home?” For some people it will revolve around the design, for others the size — and then there’s the colors, the finishings, and much more. The thing is, these are all pretty much focused on the indoor elements of the home. A great custom home is as much about the outdoor areas as it is about the indoor living spaces. With the right landscape design, your new custom home can boast the best of both worlds. Let’s take a closer look at great landscaping and what you need to know about it.
Opt For a Sustainable Landscape Design
Currently, there is a growing awareness of the need to take care of the environment. This sense of stewardship is not foreign to the housing industry. Your landscaping can take this need into account, thereby making your home eco-friendly.
A sustainable design evaluates all aspects of the landscape with the objective of reducing its negative environmental impact. It includes features that are beneficial to the natural world while being beautiful at the same time…
Without a doubt, a driving factor in the importance of sustainable landscape design is that people care about the earth. They care about reducing their carbon footprint so they want a home, and a landscape, that reduces their negative environmental impact. Put simply, there are a lot of people out there who want to be good stewards of the environment…
One of the best ways to practice sustainable landscaping is to minimize water waste. Excessive water usage is one of the biggest downfalls in landscaping. It can take a lot of water to keep a landscape healthy. Read more at Blanchford Landscape
One of the ways to use water minimally is by using the drip irrigation system rather than overhead sprinklers. You could also integrate smart tech to regulate water use as required.
Landscaping is made up of two elements- softscape that incorporates the living parts of the yard and hardscape i.e. the non-living elements like cement, stone, iron etc. Here’s what you can do to have an amazing landscape design with thoughtful hardscape.
1. Start with the hardscape
Start with hardscaping. Factor in the placement of your porch, deck, sidewalk, fencing, and so forth. As you do, account for how the soil slopes so it drains water away.
- Mix in some custom stonework
It doesn’t have to be complicated either. A stone fire pit is a great place for gathering in the backyard, especially if you love having guests over for cookouts.
- Insist on crisp turf and bed lines
Sharp lines are the often difference between landscaping being an eye-catcher and an eyesore. For well-defined borders, mark the edges of your mulch beds with an old hose or orange spray paint. Expect some adjustments here and there as work toward your finished design. Read more at Schumacher Homes
Your hardscaping will form a major part of the landscaping blueprint. So, you cannot afford to go wrong on this.
Hit Two Birds With One Stone
Yes! Your outdoor space can be multi-functional depending on how you choose to design it. Every single item matters. With just a little thoughtfulness, your yard could turn out to be an impressive space.
How do you design a backyard for children and parents that is safe, engaging, and attractive? Creo Landscape Architecture designed the backyard for this San Francisco area home that includes dining and seating spaces along with a grass-covered berm and interactive sculptures for the children.
The fence and bench are made of redwood. The fence features a light stain while the bench is natural. Podocarpus (plum pines) were planted to provide greenery and enhance privacy. No-mow fescue planted on the berm allows the children to roll, tumble, and enjoy the backyard. Durable bluegrass is planted on the flat areas of the lawn, and recycled brick is used for a small patio. To make smart use of the space, the redwood benches have storage space to store outdoor toys. Read more at The Spruce
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