Landscape construction can help to transform a landscape by adding new dimensions of depth, structure and use.
Hardscapes are a basic tenet of a functional modern landscapes, with patios, walkways and decks adding a contrasting element to the lawn and greenery or other softscape features of a yard. Choosing the right materials is important for the aesthetics as well as the durability of backyard elements. Using pavers or natural stone is always a good option, but a wooden deck can also be an effective addition if the rich, warm look of wood is more in line with the homeowner’s preferences. For all these elements, it is important to install a solid base to make sure that the structures stand up the test of time. With reliable engineering, patio constructions can be used to capitalize on a magnificent view, provide outdoor living space on previously unusable terrain, and extend the spaciousness and architectural beauty of the home.
Walls are also a mainstay of modern backyard construction, performing a myriad of functions. Retaining walls can be a necessity for backyards with gradient changes, while also doubling as seating walls if designed effectively. You can also set up small perimeter walls instead of fences for a more authentic look.
Next we come to more dramatic elements like swimming pools. Swimming pools can be excellent additions, not only serving as an area for exercise and recreation, but also helping to raise the value of a home. They can provide an interesting contrasting element especially when coupled with fire features like fire pits and fireplaces. Moreover, they also open up the option of easily integrating a hot tub or spa during the construction process. In terms of construction, swimming pools can require a large amount of excavation and labor in laying the structure, as well as installing plumbing and electrical filtration systems. However, they are well worth the cost and a definite must for large backyards.
Outdoor Living Areas
Other design elements can be added specifically to give your outdoors a homely feel. Outdoor kitchens and fire pit areas are popular additions, especially alongside a sheltering structure such as a gazebo, pergola or pavilion. An outdoor kitchen can open up the world of outdoor cooking which is especially convenient for hosting gatherings, whereas a fire pit is a mainstay of many backyards. Pavilions and gazebos can also add to this design dimension, allowing you to integrate a more diverse range of patio furniture into your backyard as well as keeping it usable during the winter months. Planning ahead with your architect or designer is important as these elements can require the installation of a base and supports as well as installing electrical lines, gas and plumbing systems in the case of outdoor kitchens.
These popular design ideas are tried and tested in turning modern day backyards into effective living spaces. Planning ahead with your architect or designer is an important component, as is ensuring the correct installation through a verified professional to ensure that your design ideas serve you well for the years to come.