Tip #1: Create Defined Zones
Start by deciding what elements are important to you in a backyard space and what you plan to do in your backyard space.
Is entertaining large groups of people your specialty? Make sure your designer includes a large patio area that can accommodate for many guests.
Do you love to do yoga outside in the warm summer mornings? Consider adding a small patio area surrounded by your favorite plantings where you can roll out your yoga mat each morning.
Discuss with your landscape designer what specific purposes you want your space to serve and then create clearly defined zones. Avoid installing one big patio that will be your spot for everything, as it can leave the rest of your space looking neglected.
Creating a separate area for dining and lounging for example add structure to your space and make it more user-friendly for your family and guests.
Here are some of our favorite ‘zones’ to create
- Dining zone: This area could include a patio that has room for a table and chairs as well as an outdoor kitchen. Your outdoor kitchen can be extensive as you would like. We install both simple grill and counter top kitchens to elaborate outdoor kitchens including features like pizza ovens, wine coolers, and dishwashers.
- Relaxation zone: This area could include a smaller patio with really comfortable outdoor furniture. Small tables can be included to hold drinks and snacks.
- Play zone: If you have children or frequently host families that do, incorporating a grass area into your space is a great idea. It gives kids a separate space to play while you can watch and relax from another zone.
- Entertainment zone: This area could include a fire element like a fireplace with a pergola or pavilion and even an outdoor television. Firepits placed on patios with lots of room for seating around them are another great entertainment option.