Placement is a key component of any functional and aesthetically appealing landscape design for Newport Beach, CA, homes. However, common stereotypes about where features such as patios, gardens, pools, and paths should be placed don’t always have to apply. Here are some unusual placement ideas for interesting designs:
With the patio being an extension of the home into the great outdoors, common convention generally places patios close to the house in the backyard. However, you can choose to be more adventurous with your design. Placing the patio further along in the yard can give your landscape a more open, uncluttered look, while also creating a destination feature that people can traverse the yard to reach. Correspondingly, it also gives a better view of the house and surroundings while occupying the patio.
You can also consider a more distributed placement, dividing the patio into rooms and using different paving materials and designs to define them as separate areas. Spaced across the yard, such rooms make for an even more unconventional but highly functional design. Working with different materials in unconventional locations can prove to be a challenge during construction, which is why a quality landscape construction firm is essential in such a project.
Fire pits and fireplaces
The drama surrounding fire elements tends to require placing them in a central position in your landscape design. That said, you can go along the more unconventional route of placing your fire pit near the edge of your yard while still remaining clearly visible from within your house. This works especially well if your landscape commands an impressive view, making the fire pit a wonderful place to sit around in the evenings and enjoy the sunset. As with all fire elements, though, proper placement that ensures the safety of the occupants is an essential part of the fire pit design.
Fireplaces are often integrated into the patio. You can just as easily create a separate room for a fire pit, placing it away from the central patio to make a gathering point for groups, giving your design an unconventional edge.
Ponds and garden fountains are highly versatile landscaping features, working equally well in both traditional and modern landscape designs. Garden fountains are often placed in a central, open location, traditionally at the intersection of paths, given their commanding presence. However, they can also be made to work in more unconventional locations such as along retaining walls and fences to break up the monotony of these structures. Placing them along the edges of the landscape can also help cover up noise from traffic.
Unlike garden fountains, ponds are often located near the edges of a landscape. Giving them a central location can work just as well, although you will have to be more creative with the design of the pond to give it the opulence suited to a central location; a small fountain in the middle of the pond can accomplish this task quite easily. This can also create a more balanced design, coupling the more lavish garden fountain with a rustic pond. Naturally, these unconventional locations make routing electrical and water lines a challenge, which is where the expertise of your contractor can prove invaluable.