Being able to have an exterior attraction for guests sounds like something fun to do on your own, but there are a lot of different ways to design your front and back yards that provide plenty to see when you are hosting outdoor parties and cookouts. To get started, here some basic ideas for those who are landscaping for the first time.
List your wants and needs
This is where you would decide if you can fit in a garden for growing your own vegetables and being able to have a play yard for the kids. Maybe you can also fit a patio, which depends on how much space is available behind your home.
Live with it for awhile
Making a quick decision about your yard might lead to choices you will likely regret later. So spend some time seeing how it sits with you and then build your design and make the changes you feel will be necessary.
Study sun, wind and weather
These have to be placed under consideration because you might have to place your patio in an area where the sun provides a lot of attention or where you would like to have outdoor meals in the evening without a distracting breeze that might knock over a glass of wine. The wind might put a damper on your fire pit plans as well.
Don’t break the bank initially
You want to start slow and build it a little bit at a time so you don’t rush into a design you might regret after only a few days. Being able to take your time provides you with a chance to maybe make some changes to the design plans if you start to notice things you might have missed in your initial survey.
Center around a single focal point
Maybe you have a specific plant in your yard that you would like to highlight, or maybe a sculpture that you want everything to be the center of attention around. That doesn’t mean you need to pick just one – you could have a series of focal points that everything in your landscape design draws attention towards.